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Expat Guide The Netherlands

Expat Guide

An essential starting point for all new expats in the Netherlands

Expat guide was launched ten years ago by a group of expats from various different countries who were all encountering the same problems in starting their new lives in the Netherlands, namely finding practical and accurate information to help them navigate the bureaucratic challenges of moving to a new country.
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Education in the Netherlands


Children start primary school (basisschool) one day after their 4th birthday. When they turn 5 all children are obliged to go to school this is called leerplicht. The Basisschool has eight grades. After this they transfer to a secondary school.
Housing in the Netherlands


Finding a home, renting or buying? In our Housing section we explore tax benefits due to savings and tax regulations in the Netherlands when buying a home. For assignments of less than three years, in the current market, it is usually better to rent.
Immigration to the Netherlands


When you want to work, study or just to live in The Netherlands and you are a resident of the EU/EEA member states you do not require a resident permit. If that doesn’t apply maybe the Modern Migration Policy Act applies to you.

Insurance in the Netherlands


A basic health insurance policy is compulsory in the Netherlands, and if you own a car, you must have liability insurance for it. In the Netherlands, insurances can be obtained at your bank, as well as other companies and organizations.
Taxes in the Netherlands


The Dutch government aims to create an attractive environment and welcomes knowledge workers and talent from abroad. The Netherlands is on the international list of most attractive countries to do business with.
Career in the Netherlands


When you move to a new country and start to work you soon realize certain things are just a little different then where you from. How do you approach your boss, what to eat during lunch, how to interact with your co-workers.

Index of quality businesses and services


An index of quality businesses and services with English speaking staff to help make moving to and living in the Netherlands just a little easier.
Banking in the Netherlands

Dutch bank account

There are several global banks in The Netherlands. After choosing a bank in the Netherlands you'll need to go along with your passport and/or residence permit and BSN, proof of address.
Dutch language courses

Learning Dutch

Is speaking Dutch a necessity in The Netherlands? In the larger cities the Dutch speak very good English and you will get by without a problem. Doing your shopping without knowing the basics of talking Dutch isn't going to be a problem.