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Rotterdam - Leisure, Entertainment & Sports

There is a good range of fitness clubs and sports facilities in Rotterdam. Outdoor activities such as football, tennis and gymnastics are popular with expatriates with children. Expatriates who wish to play golf but are not members of a golf club in The Netherlands will need to take a competency test to play and/or join a golf club. A good listing of the sports facilities in Rotterdam is available here but the website is in Dutch only.

There are a number of swimming pools ('zwembad pagina') and water parks (both indoor and outdoor) in Rotterdam. Rotterdam is a very child-friendly city and throughout the city, you will find playgrounds and parks for children. Dutch football is big in Rotterdam – football fans are often spilt between supporting Rotterdam's local team and Amsterdam's. Nature buffs will love the Rottemeren Reserve in Bileswijk.

Thanks to the large student population residing in Rotterdam, Rotterdam's night/bar scene is bustling. Rotterdam has a good range of restaurants, and a good share of theaters, concerts and cinemas. There are also festivals and events held in Rotterdam throughout the year. Check out the entertainment listings in the local newspapers. For an online source in English, try this one.

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Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.

AXA - Global Healthcare

As the global healthcare specialists for AXA, the world’s number one insurance brand, we can help you get fast access to expert medical care, whenever and wherever you need it. All our plans include evacuation and repatriation, a second medical opinion service and extra support from a dedicated case manager if you’re diagnosed with cancer. You’ll also have 24/7 support from our caring multilingual team - we’ll always remember you’re a person, not a case number.

Bupa Global

At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.


Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.