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Tips for expats

Are you planning to move to the Netherlands or are you starting a new job here? Welcome! 

If you're feeling unprepared, don't worry. Whether it's about administrative checks, Dutch traditions, getting a place to settle in, we have curated several relevant tips for you to get you accustomed to your new surroundings.

Welcome to the Netherlands

Well prepared for moving to the Netherlands

If you're moving to the Netherlands, you might have a lot of questions. Like: "Where will I live?", "How will I do my finances?", and "Where will my children go to school?". Make a personal checklist, and be sure not to forget anything while settling in.

Life for expats in the Netherlands

Life for expats in the Netherlands

Whether you’re an expat about to move to the Netherlands or you’ve already been living here for a while, getting used to the Dutch and their habits. Allow us to explain a few typical Dutch things.

Boy and girl

Test your Dutchness

"You can't cook a fish without butter". Does this sound like a typical Dutch haring recipe for you? Or are you well aware of the meaning of this Dutch phrase? Test your knowledge about some of our funny phrases!

Good to know

Moving to the Netherlands? Find out what you need to arrange

If you are coming to live and work in the Netherlands, you will need to make sure you are well prepared. Allow us to give you a few tips to help you on your way.

Tips on finding a home in the Netherlands

If you are coming to live and work in the Netherlands, you might be wondering how to find a place to live and whether you’d be better off renting or buying. Your (new) employer in the Netherlands may be able to help you. Take a look at our tips.

Moving to the Netherlands for the love of your life

When Florin asked if she would be willing to move to the Netherlands to be with him, Diana didn’t have to think very long. But how do you build a new life in a foreign country when your partner is busy with his work? Read the story of Diana, who gave up her old life to be with her boyfriend Florin.

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Living expenses in the Netherlands

Cost of living

Want to find out what living expenses to expect when moving to the Netherlands to live and work? And how much you are likely to spend on these expenses on a monthly basis? This article will give you a comprehensive rundown of the average living expenses in the Netherlands.

Getting around in The Netherlands

Most Dutch people prefer to get around by bicycle, either a regular bike or an e-bike. If they need to travel further afield, they can also go by tram, bus, car or train for instance. Read on to find out your options.

Getting around in the Netherlands
Driving in the Netherlands

Planning on driving a car in the Netherlands? Depending on where you're from and in which car you will drive, you need to arrange a few things. Find out what.

Traveling by car
Good reasons to have liability insurance

Each country has its own legislation on liability, which explains why hardly anyone in the UK has liability insurance, but almost everyone in the Netherlands does. Read on to find out more about this type of insurance and why it’s a good idea for you too. 

Liability Insurance
Borrowing money in the Netherlands

The Dutch have slightly different borrowing habits. Compared to people in other countries, many Dutch people have a relatively large mortgage debt, while they barely have any credit card debt. Read more about the Dutch and their borrowing habits.

Borrowing money in the Netherlands
Moving abroad?

If you are moving abroad, there are several things you need to take care of first. Find out what to bear in mind.

Moving abroad?
Working in the Netherlands?

For expats who start looking for a job after emigrating to the Netherlands, we have put together information on what arrangements you will need to make when planning to come and work in the Netherlands.

Working in the Netherlands
Greenify your Dutch lifestyle

Maintaining sustainable habits in a new country can be challenging. You don’t want to spend days on end creating your green routine when you’re still settling into your new Dutch lifestyle. That’s why we’re sharing our best tips to help you greenify your life in the Netherlands the easy way and do your bit to sustain a global green economy.

Woman between plants
Learning Dutch

If you’re moving to the Netherlands temporarily for your studies or work, you won’t necessarily have to learn Dutch. This depends on factors like your nationality, and whether you yourself feel it’s necessary. Since most Dutch people switch to English as soon as you start talking to them, you won’t generally be encouraged to learn or speak Dutch. That might even make it tricky to learn Dutch when you do actually want to.

Learning Dutch when you move to the Netherlands

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Living expenses in the Netherlands

Cost of living

Want to find out what living expenses to expect when moving to the Netherlands to live and work? And how much you are likely to spend on these expenses on a monthly basis? This article will give you a comprehensive rundown of the average living expenses in the Netherlands.

Getting around in The Netherlands

Most Dutch people prefer to get around by bicycle, either a regular bike or an e-bike. If they need to travel further afield, they can also go by tram, bus, car or train for instance. Read on to find out your options.

Getting around in the Netherlands

Driving in the Netherlands

Planning on driving a car in the Netherlands? Depending on where you're from and in which car you will drive, you need to arrange a few things. Find out what.

Traveling by car

Good reasons to have liability insurance

Each country has its own legislation on liability, which explains why hardly anyone in the UK has liability insurance, but almost everyone in the Netherlands does. Read on to find out more about this type of insurance and why it’s a good idea for you too. 

Liability Insurance

Borrowing money in the Netherlands

The Dutch have slightly different borrowing habits. Compared to people in other countries, many Dutch people have a relatively large mortgage debt, while they barely have any credit card debt. Read more about the Dutch and their borrowing habits.

Borrowing money in the Netherlands

Moving abroad?

If you are moving abroad, there are several things you need to take care of first. Find out what to bear in mind.

Moving abroad?

Working in the Netherlands?

For expats who start looking for a job after emigrating to the Netherlands, we have put together information on what arrangements you will need to make when planning to come and work in the Netherlands.

Working in the Netherlands

Greenify your Dutch lifestyle

Maintaining sustainable habits in a new country can be challenging. You don’t want to spend days on end creating your green routine when you’re still settling into your new Dutch lifestyle. That’s why we’re sharing our best tips to help you greenify your life in the Netherlands the easy way and do your bit to sustain a global green economy.

Woman between plants

Learning Dutch

If you’re moving to the Netherlands temporarily for your studies or work, you won’t necessarily have to learn Dutch. This depends on factors like your nationality, and whether you yourself feel it’s necessary. Since most Dutch people switch to English as soon as you start talking to them, you won’t generally be encouraged to learn or speak Dutch. That might even make it tricky to learn Dutch when you do actually want to.

Learning Dutch when you move to the Netherlands