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Is Amsterdam Finally Growing Sick of Expats?

Friday April 06, 2018 (10:11:12)

Amsterdam may have made it into the top five cities for expats in last year’s Expat Insider survey, but the welcome they can expect may be waning.   more ...

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A Handy Guide To Making Friends In Amsterdam

Tuesday February 27, 2018 (11:20:33)

So you’ve made the choice to move to Amsterdam. Visa? Tick. Accommodation? Tick. Employment? Tick. Friends? Hmm… if you haven’t quite fallen into your crowd yet, do not despair! Amsterdam is a bustling international city attracting people from around the globe, and one of the most exciting parts of settling in here will be getting to know the fresh new faces who you will grow to call your friends.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Work Permits In The Netherlands

Monday February 26, 2018 (13:24:58)

Thinking of moving to the Netherlands for work, or looking to employ someone from outside the country? Here are our answers to the most common questions about work permits.

EU/EEA members and Swiss nationals are entitled to the free movement of labour and do not require employment permits to work in the Netherlands.   more ...

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The Student Hotel: Accommodation For Life-Long Learners And Explorers

Friday February 09, 2018 (16:16:52)

In a former publishing house, east of Amsterdam’s city centre, the tip-tap of a table tennis game snaps back and forth through the air. There are comfy sofas, a retro photo booth, a shiny black foosball table and a curtained-off area with a TV that is never switched off. A launderette with a six-foot-high pin board for lost socks is located around the corner, and a bike shed is housed in the basement.   more ...

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The Expatriate Archive Centre: A Dutch Home For The Stories Of Expatriates Worldwide

Tuesday February 06, 2018 (11:30:44)

In 1992, as the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company (also known as Shell) prepared to celebrate its centenary, the wives of several senior expatriate employees felt that they too deserved recognition. These wives had made this success possible, after all. They had supported their partners each step of the way, adjusting family life as best they could to new and challenging territories, where oil was rich but creating a home was daunting. Their stories deserved to be chronicled.

These women initiated a call-out to other Shell spouses in 80 different countries, asking them to share their experiences. When this resulted in mail boxes bursting with material, the wives knew they had struck something special.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Opening A Bank Account In The Netherlands

Monday January 22, 2018 (12:14:23)

Get your finances sorted out early and you’ll feel as though a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Daily life in a new country is so much more manageable once you have a bank card in your pocket! Fortunately, setting up a bank account in the Netherlands is straightforward, so you should be good to go in no time.   more ...

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!WOON: Free Advice For Tenants And Owner Occupants In Amsterdam

Monday January 15, 2018 (10:47:51)

“If I could end the need for my own job… I’d actually be a happy bunny!” says Dafna Eccles, renting consultant at !WOON’s tenant advisory services in Amsterdam South. If tenants knew the rules, and property owners stuck to them, there would be no need for !WOON, she explains, and the world would be a better place.

However, the law is complicated, meaning tenants and owner occupants are in need of !WOON’s support and advice. For migrants who are unfamiliar with the rules and may be struggling to decipher documents in Dutch, the service is a godsend, and visitor numbers are rising in their seven Amsterdam branches.   more ...

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A Guide To International Schools In Rotterdam

Friday December 15, 2017 (15:38:50)

Despite being the second-biggest city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam has relatively few international schools to choose from. It could be that this makes your decision easier if you have children and decide to move there!   more ...

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How to Enjoy Your First Expat Christmas in Amsterdam

Friday December 08, 2017 (11:40:35)

For expats who celebrate Christmas, being far away from friends and family can make the festivities feel somewhat muted, so it’s a good idea to create your own traditions in your new home. Here are ten ways to make the season special during your time in Amsterdam.


Decorate A Christmas Tree

What better way to create a homely, holiday feel in your new country than to put a cheerfully-decorated Christmas tree in the window? Vendors can be spotted by the road-side at this time of year and garden centres such as Intratuin in the Watergraafsmeer district and Tuincentrum Ottenhof in Nieuw-West also stock specimens.   more ...

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Interview With Dennis Cowles, Chairman, Amsterdam American Business Club

Wednesday November 29, 2017 (11:03:49)
Dennis Cowles
Dennis, how did you first become an expat?

Having finished Boston University School of Management, I decided with a cycling friend to take a tour of Europe by bicycle for the summer of 1980. My friend cancelled at the last minute after months of planning, so I decided to go it alone. This summer trip turned into nearly a year and a half tour that included many Western European countries, Morocco and the UK.   more ...