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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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Generalities

General information
  • The Netherlands, located between Germany and Belgium, is a member of the European Union. The country is popular in professional terms.

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Formalities

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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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • European Union and non-European Union nationals can choose among different types of visas to travel to the Netherlands, but conditions vary.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Utrecht, one of the Netherlands main cities, is very conducive to expatriation. It offers various professionals opportunities in many fields.

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  • Being one of the Netherlands' major cities, Rotterdam has an active labor market. Various opportunities are available for foreigners.

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  • The Netherlands has been attracting foreigners worldwide for years due to its unemployment rate which is the lowest in the whole Europe.

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  • Thousands of young professionals across the globe dream of working in Amsterdam. The Dutch capital city is quite open to foreign expertise.

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  • Setting up a business as an expatriate in the Netherlands requires some precise procedures. It is best to inquire on these beforehand.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Amsterdam offers a wide range of accommodation options for expatriates. Registering with a real estate agency may be very helpful.

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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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  • Moving to the Netherlands definitely means that you will have to find accommodation. But this should not be difficult with proper planning.

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  • Utrecht is a popular expat destination in the Netherlands, just like Amsterdam and The Hague. Hence, it offers a wide range of accommodation.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Students across the globe dream of pursuing their higher studies in the Netherlands. The country hosts many international universities.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • The Netherlands has a highly developed and modern health care system which is quite similar to that of many European Union countries.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account

Tax

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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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands' capital city, has an extensive transport network including different means of transport: bikes, tram, bus, subway...

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  • If you are moving to the Netherlands, you can choose among various means of transport to move around the country: bus, tram, subway, train, etc.

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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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Removal

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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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office

Leisure

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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