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By choosing to move to Utrecht, you will be looking back into the past. As one of the Netherlands' first cities, it holds a great historical, cultural and religious heritage.

Utrecht attracts many international students every year by its three prestigious universities and other higher education institutions. Expatriates looking for professional opportunities can also try their luck in the production industry.

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Amsterdam is the Netherlands' capital and is known for its tulips and windmills. It is home to the Museum District, where you can find the famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Known for its exemplary cycling infrastructure, Amsterdam is a city where everything is easily accessible. You will find grocery stores, restaurants, and bars closeby apartments. So for many expats who wish to leave behind their cars, this is an attractive place to reside in. Here are some things you should expect when you make the big move.

Wherever you move in the world, it's always a great idea to know what to expect of the culture ahead of time. No matter how much you prepare yourself, there's always going to be an element of culture shock, and you want to be ready for that in Amsterdam. In this article, we'll discuss some basics of the local culture so you won't stick out like a sore thumb.

If you're one of the lucky expats, you may have been offered a job before you moved over to Amsterdam. If not, then you may be wondering how to develop a professional network here. Either way, it's always a good idea to continually expand your professional network since you may want to reach out for better opportunities in the future. Keep reading to see the best ways to get new contacts.

As half of Amsterdam is made up of people of foreign ancestry, the city is a rich melting pot of unique people. It should come as no surprise that the Dutch are very understanding and accommodating of different cultures. They are always curious to learn more about the outside world and arent easily offended. However, it is still a good idea to brush up on the networking etiquette while in Amsterdam. The Dutch will surely appreciate the effort you put in.

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Alice in the Netherlands

6 years ago

Expat Life, Dutch society, Italian culture My name is not Alice, but Linda. And I am not lost in Wonderland, but in the country of tulips and windmills. I am an Italian expat working as a copywriter for an e-commerce company. When I accepted the job offer in Utrecht, I started a bilingual (ITA & ENG) blog talking about my experience. The blog talks about the Expat Life, Dutch society, Italian culture, and explains in detail how to apply for a job in the Netherlands, go through a selection process, and all the practical stuff you need to accomplish (from finding a house to getting a BSN or 30% ruling).

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7 years ago

Observations of a serial expat now in Hong Kong. Four international moves and I still enjoy gawking at (and sometimes still being the cause of) cultural collisions. Join me in my search for both the absurd and the inspirational sides of expat life. There are always hard days (months!), but it\'s a hell of a ride and I feel lucky to have had the chance. Comics, photographs, stories!

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Chelsea has been living in London for just over a year now but she has been dreaming about this life since she was a little girl. Europe has always been Chelsea's place to be. Our American girl documents her life abroad on her blog The Portable Wife.

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