Living in the Netherlands guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in the Netherlands with the expat guide

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General information
  • The Netherlands, located between Germany and Belgium, is a member of the European Union. It is popular with expats, who reside largely in urban areas.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • European Union citizens are free to travel to the Netherlands without any restrictions whatsoever. But other foreigners have to fill in some formalities.

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  • The first thing one is supposed to do after he/she arrives in a new country is to get registered with the municipality/government of the new country. It is very important here to comply with all the laws and get the documentation work correctly.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Citizens in the Schengen area do not require a visa to travel to the Netherlands (to stay for up to 90 days), however citizens of other countries might.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in the Netherlands? The digital nomad's guide to the Netherlands will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Utrecht is a fast-growing city in the Netherlands, with sectors such as healthcare and financial services offering expats employment opportunities.

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  • The Netherlands boasts a low unemployment and is home to numerous multinationals, making it a popular choice for expats looking for a job abroad.

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  • The famous port of Rotterdam is a popular destination in the Netherlands, however expats may find it hard to find a job if they do not speak some Dutch.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Amsterdam offers a wide range of accommodation options for expatriates. Unsurprisingly, you can expect rent prices to be higher closer to the city centre.

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  • Known as the Netherlands' industrial hub, Rotterdam also offers a wide range of housing units for expatriates at affordable prices.

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  • Expats in the Netherlands will find all kinds of housing at varying prices, though it all depends on where you to choose to live and if you rent or buy.

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  • Utrecht has a large student population, which means housing can be competitive. Expats should begin their search for accommodation well in advance.

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Student visa, University registration
  • International students can expect good quality teaching and a pleasant lifestyle if they choose to study in the Netherlands.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • The Netherlands has a privitised health care system that is highly regulated. Expats should note it is obligatory to have health insurance there.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in the Netherlands will not only help you receive your salary but also pay your monthly utilities bills.

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Tax system, income tax
  • There are different types of taxes in the Netherlands: corporate tax, income tax, etc. All residents are subject to the taxation system.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Transportation is abundant in the Netherlands, and you can cycle, or get a bus or train in order to get around.

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  • Though Amsterdam is renowned for its cycling culture, there is more than one way of getting around, such as buses and trains.

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  • Some useful tips for planning Train journeys in Netherlands

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Driving in the Netherlands is quite particularly given the large number of bikes on the roads. However, conditions are rather simple.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to the Netherlands requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities.

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  • If you are travelling to the Netherlands, your pet may accompany you under certain conditions. But these differ depending on your country of origin.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Amsterdam offers various leisure activities to foreigners. The Dutch capital city has a rich cultural heritage as well as many places of interest.

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  • There are lots of leisure activities to keep you busy during your spare time in the Netherlands, from hiking through nature to practising sports.

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