Working in the Netherlands as a digital nomad

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Updated 2020-03-05 13:37

Although it was once an alternative, uncommon lifestyle, digital nomadism is quickly becoming the norm. 4.8 million Americans describe themselves as digital nomads and another 17 million plan on joining them in the future. What draws people to this lifestyle is the ability to combine work and travel. And for many, the Netherlands is attractive because it ranks fifth in the list of countries with the fastest mobile internet speeds. If this interests you, then read on to find out how to become a digital nomad in the Netherlands.

Conditions for travelling to the Netherlands

If you’re from a country that’s part of the Schengen Zone, then you won’t need to apply for anything prior to travelling to the Netherlands. All you have to do is bring your National Identity Card (NIC).

Otherwise, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa to travel to and live in the Netherlands. This allows you to stay for up to 90 days every six months. Some countries are exempt from this requirement, so be sure to check this list of exemptions before you apply for a visa.

Opportunities for digital nomads in the Netherlands

Considering the Netherlands has excellent internet speeds and reliability, you shouldn’t find it difficult to set up shop anywhere you wish to work.

While the cost of living in the Netherlands is a bit higher than in other European countries, this is where you would shine as a digital nomad. You’re free to set your own rates and take clients from all over the world. You’re not constrained by the minimum wages set by this country.

Many Dutch companies are looking for English copy on their websites, and as a native speaker, you have a leg up on a lot of your competition. You can easily find freelance copywriting jobs for Dutch businesses, especially the smaller ones.

IT is also a huge industry here, which means IT jobs shouldn’t be hard to find either. If you don’t like the restrictions of a regular 9-to-5 job, then you will benefit from working a freelance IT job instead.

Coworking spaces in the Netherlands

You can always feel free to gather with other digital nomads in cafes and koffie huizen (coffee houses). You can even enjoy a cold beer in a brown cafe or a marijuana joint in a “coffee shop” (a shop that sells marijuana products) while you work on your laptop.

But if you want to utilise actual coworking spaces, here are a few suggestions:

Amsterdam

Utrecht

Rotterdam

Groningen

Benefits of being a digital nomad in the Netherlands

If you enjoy travelling, then you will be located in a fantastic place. Although the Netherlands is a small country, it has much to offer within its borders. Even if you stay for a short period, you will never run out of sites to visit in the country.

You’re also located just a short distance away from France, Germany, and Belgium. So if at any time you wish to experience a different country, you’re just a short flight, train ride, or car ride away.

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