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2021 SURVIVAL GUIDE

YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO LIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS

LIVE • WORK • STUDY EDUCATION • EMPLOYMENT • RELOCATION • ENTERTAINMENT AND MUCH MORE


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MOVING ABROAD IS AN EXHILARATING, LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE. THAT IS, ONCE THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS ARE SETTLED. IT FIRST CAN BE A DAUNTING PROCESS WHILE YOU TRY BUILDING A NEW LIFE IN AN UNKNOWN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE. WHERE DO YOU BEGIN? The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare, and enrolling in education. It offers practical information on getting started in the Netherlands and directs you to the people, companies and institutions that can help you along the way. ENJOY LIVING, WORKING AND STUDYING IN THE NETHERLANDS! This guide is published by i am not a tourist Fairs & Events. I Am Not A Tourist BV Kleine Oord 87, 6811HZ, Arnhem www.expatfair.nl Editorial: Louise Poppeliers Layout & design: Benjamin Langman Sales: Peter Palm Photos: Adobe Stock® Publisher: Tom Bey Advertising sales: info@expatfair.nl Distribution: info@expatfair.nl Printing office: Muller Visual www.mullervisual.nl

2 INTRODUCTION 4 SURVIVAL CHECKLIST 5  EMPLOYMENT Work permits; Employment law; Working culture; Finding a job

55  EDUCATION Primary, secondary and higher education; International school, Learning Dutch 73  FAMILIES Family reunification permits; Au pairs; Childcare; Child benefits and allowances; Family activities; Leisure; Maternity, Groups & Clubs

13  RELOCATION What kind of residence permit?; Relocation 77 SPECIAL NEEDS services providers; Popular expat locations, Expat Centres: Amsterdam Area, Leiden Area, Rotterdam, Utrecht Region, 79  HEALTHCARE Health insurance; Healthcare system; The Northern Netherlands, The Hague, The Having a baby; Health services South of the Netherlands 33  HOUSING Renting; Buying

87  TRANSPORT Driving; Public Transport

43  SETTING UP HOME Furnishing your home; Utilities: gas, water, electricity; Communications: telephone, mobile, internet; TV; Post offices

91 EMERGENCY NUMBERS

45  FINANCE Bank accounts; Tax; Insurance; Financial and tax advisors; Mortgages

92 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 93 LISTINGS 104 ADVERTISERS INDEX

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INTRODUCTION

THE NETHERLANDS CONSISTENTLY RANKS AMONG THE TOP PLACES IN THE WORLD TO LIVE AND WORK. It may be a small country in size, but certainly not in impact. The Netherlands is famed for its liberal social policies, maritime trading traditions, battles to hold back the sea, robust multiculturalism and leading technological communications, making Dutch lifestyle a mosaic of cultural intrigue.

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Living standards consistently rank high in the 2019 OECD’s Better Life Index, and the Netherlands has the third best work-life balance and high levels of employment and household wealth. Dutch children, likewise, are ranked as the happiest in the developed world, topping two surveys conducted by UNICEF. To newcomers, Dutch society might seem open and informal, but some complex social rules are at play. Ostentatious behaviour is frowned upon, egalitarianism is valued and Dutch people “like to be as normal as possible” according to Martijn de Rooij, author of The Dutch I Presume? The Dutch saying “doe maar gewoon dan doe je al gek genoeg” (just act normal, that’s crazy enough) is an anthem against eccentricity.

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No Dutch city has yet reached a million inhabitants and each retains a unique character and architectural style. The capital is something else entirely, and in terms of atmosphere and attitude, Amsterdam and the Netherlands could be two different countries. International residents tread a wellworn path to the “Lowlands”. Out of a population of over 17 million people, almost four million have a foreign background (cbs.nl). This multi-ethnic characteristic of the country’s population has historic roots stretching back several hundred years, though most rapid changes in population demographics have come about in the last 40 years.


INTRODUCTION

Population: 17.4 million Density: 411/km2 (the second highest in the European Union in 2018) Administration: The constitution dates mostly from 1848, and revisions undertaken in 1983. Parliament consists of an upper chamber (eerste kamer) of 75 members elected by provincial councils and a lower chamber (tweede kamer) with 150 members elected every four years by proportional representation. The cabinet is the executive body and its constituents cannot be members of the cabinet and parliament at the same time. Monarchy: The House of Oranje-Nassau has governed the Netherlands since 1815. King Willem-Alexander, born 1967, was crowned in 2013, along with his Argentinean wife Maxima, who serves as the queen consort.

The Dutch government’s traditional reliance on a coalition of two or more parties has earned it the nickname “the land of compromise”. The Netherlands strengthened its stance on austerity with large gains achieved by pro-European parties, the central-right liberal VVD and D66, and the Christian parties CDA and ChristenUnie. With Mark Rutte continuing as prime minister, this coalition gives the current Dutch government a comfortable majority. In the realm of royalty, the Netherlands’ biggest nation-wide party celebrates King’s Day on April 27 for the current King Willem-Alexander’s birthday, the ubiquitous oranjegekte (orange madness) still takes over, where people wear orange shirts, hats, dresses and wigs to celebrate while enjoying the

annual free market (vrijmarkt), as it’s the one time when people can set up shop without a trading licence. Culture and quality living combined make the Netherlands an attractive place for expats, who are an intrinsic part of the country’s knowledge-based economy. The Dutch people are generally receptive, curious, cultured, and friendly. English is widely spoken – a survey by Education First ranked the Netherlands as first in the world for English proficiency as a second language – but this can be a drawback for those learning Dutch. With many international companies headquartered in the Netherlands, there are plenty of employment opportunities.

Landscape: A fifth of the Netherlands is reclaimed from the sea (polders) and about a quarter of the country is below sea level. There are 20 national parks and a few modest hills, with the country’s highest point reaching 322 metres in Limburg. Agricultural facts: Tiny Netherlands is the world’s second largest exporter of agricultural products, including mostly cereals (wheat in particular), feed crops (such as fodder maize) and potatoes. The Dutch cow is a revered milk machine, producing 35 litres a day. Media and culture: The Netherlands has the highest museum density in the world with nearly 1,000 institutions. The television program Big Brother and The voice of [country] are Dutch inventions. Design: Dutch icons of style are nurtured in the revered Design Academy Eindhoven and the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, attracting large ratios of international students. Dutch design is admired for its minimalist, quirky and often humorous qualities.

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SURVIVAL CHECKLIST

SURVIVAL CHECKLIST BEFORE THE FUN OF EXPLORING BEGINS, THERE ARE SOME ESSENTIAL TASKS TO TAKE CARE OF WHEN YOU FIRST LAND IN THE NETHERLANDS. Use this checklist alongside the information set out in this Expat Survival Guide to help set up your new life in the Netherlands. REPORT TO IMMIGRATION

EDUCATION

You must register with the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP or Municipal Personal Records Database) at your local town hall within five days of arrival. If you need a residence permit, make an appointment with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service called IND quickly. Get ready for lots of paperwork and make sure your documents have all the right stamps.

Should you send your child to a local or international school? What learning opportunities are available to expats? Get the lowdown on education (onderwijs) in the Netherlands in our Education section.

EXPAT BENEFITS Find out if you are eligible for the Dutch 30 percent ruling for taxes and use the services of the various expat centres to help you cut through the red tape. OPEN A DUTCH BANK ACCOUNT Opening a Dutch bank account will make your life easier. You’ll need your passport and/or residence permit, burgerservicenummer (BSN), proof of address, and evidence of income, such as an employment contract or payslip. FIND A HOME Our Housing section will help you decide whether to rent or buy, and offers tips on dealing with housing agencies and where to live in the Netherlands. HOME BASICS After finding your home, you’ll need to sort out a broadband connection and water, electricity and gas utilities. We list the major suppliers and several useful websites to help you get connected.

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JOB HUNTING If you’ve got a work permit (or don’t need one), you’re ready to begin. Sign up with agencies that specialise in finding work for expats or start your search online. We offer job-hunting tips and information on Dutch labour law. HEALTH Did you know it is compulsory for residents to take out the Dutch health insurance basisverzekering? Our Health section guides you through the Dutch healthcare system, and explains what to do in an emergency and how to find a hospital, doctor or midwife. GETTING AROUND Before you drive, find out about Dutch road regulations, if you need to exchange your driving licence, and how the Dutch public transport system works. MEETING THE COMMUNITY If you’re finding everything a little overwhelming, take heart: many others have been in the same position and made it through. Get out there, get active, and read about groups and clubs for meeting new people.

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EMPLOYMENT

EXPATS ARE AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF THE DUTCH WORKFORCE, AND OFFICE LIFE HAS ITS CULTURAL QUIRKS.

WORK PERMIT CONDITIONS

WHO DOESN’T NEED A WORK PERMIT?

• If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, your employer will likely need to apply for a separate work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV). • The TWV permit is specific to the job and employer, and is issued for up to three years. • TWV extensions can be applied for (www.ind.nl) • You can start work once your employer has been issued a work permit and applied for a residence permit. • You do not need to wait for the IND to approve your residence application, but you must get a “residence endorsement” passport sticker from the IND. • If the residence permit application is rejected, the work permit is no longer valid. • After three years of employment on a Dutch work permit, other employers can hire you without needing a separate work permit. • When you renew your residence document, your new labour market position will be mentioned as “Arbeid is vrij toegestaan. TWV niet vereist” (free to work, no work permit required).

• EU/EEA/Swiss nationals. • Highly skilled migrants. • Self-employed workers (eligibility is assessed by the IND). • Workers on short assignment (performers, musicians, guest lecturers, journalists etc.). • Those with a residence permit or passport sticker stating “Arbeid is vrij toegestaan. TWV niet vereist” (free to work, no permit required). PARTNERS: WHO CAN WORK? • If your spouse, partner or relative has permission to work then generally you can work without needing an additional work permit. • It is advisable to file the residency applications for you and your partner at the same time. APPLYING FOR A WORK PERMIT If you qualify for the single GVVA residence and work permit, you or your employer must apply to the IND. • All other cases, work permits are initiated by employers who apply to the UWV WERKbedrijf (www.werk.nl).

• The Dutch workforce is internationally oriented, highly educated and multilingual. • Unemployment is at 4,6 percent (August 2020). • Demand for highly skilled workers remains high, and incentives for international employees include the 30 percent ruling tax benefit and a fast-track immigration programme for the highly skilled and entrepreneurs. • The GVVA (gecombineerde vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid) is a single permit that combines the residence and work permit into one so employers no longer neHOed to apply for a separate work permit for labour migrants. • Under the “Modern Migration Policy Act”, if a worker needs a Dutch entry visa (MVV) and/or residence permit, their employer in the Netherlands can apply while they are still abroad, with fast-track applications possible (visit www.ind.nl). • While it always helps to learn the language when settling in a new country – and will certainly do your job prospects no harm – you don’t necessarily need to be a fluent Dutch speaker to secure a role in the Netherlands.

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• Your employer has to submit supporting evidence to show that EU/EEA/Swiss nationals cannot occupy the position: copies of advertisements, postings on the internet, or statements from agencies. • For a company to apply for a work permit, the candidate must be between 18 and 45 years old. • If a visa and residency permit is required, your employer can initiate your Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV) on your behalf before you arrive (with a copy of your passport and education qualifications). HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANTS • To employ expats under the highly skilled migrant scheme, employers must sign an IND statement to become a “recognised sponsor”. However not all employers are recognised sponsor or want to become one. • An employer applies for your residence permit, which will be issued for the same period as the

work contract, or up to a maximum five years for indefinite contracts. • With the highly skilled migrant residency, your employer does not need a separate work permit (TWV) to hire you. • If your residency permit is not ready when you arrive, you are allowed to work in the interim period if you visit an IND desk and get a passport sticker (verblijfsaantekening). • Partners of highly skilled migrants can work without a work permit, though they do require a residence permit before commencing work. SELF-EMPLOYED/ENTREPRENEURS

• You will also need to prove you have the appropriate qualifications to carry out your business. • With the self-employment residence permit, you can still work as an employee provided the UWV WERKbedrijf has issued a work permit to your employer. • Freelancers can also apply for this permit, but proof of assignments in the Netherlands is a must. DUTCH AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP TREATY American citizens who wish to start a business in the Netherlands can apply under this scheme.

• For residency based on self• Register your business at the employment (for non-EU/EEA/Swiss), Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van your business activities must “serve Koophandel, www.kvk.nl) to qualify. an essential Dutch interest” which is • You must have financial accounts assessed by a point system. verified by a qualified accountant, • Personal experience, a business plus a business plan and substantial plan and what you plan to offer capital investment of EUR 4500. (innovation, job creation, investment, • Japanese citizens under the Treaty of etc.) are taken into account. Trade and Navigation can also apply to this treaty.

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EMPLOYMENT

STUDENTS • There are no work restrictions for students who are EU/EEA/ Swiss nationals. • All other nationalities can only work part-time throughout the year for a maximum of 16 hours per week, or full-time seasonal work in June, July and August. • The employer or agency must obtain a work permit from the UWV WERKbedrijf which will be valid for the same period as the university registration. • Students do not need a work permit for internships.

CHANGING JOBS

• Any changes in your work or partnership status must be reported to the IND within four weeks (unreported changes will be penalized). • If you change jobs you don’t necessarily need a new residence permit, but the same rules will apply as for the first permit you were granted. • If you worked as a highly skilled migrant, your new employer needs to be eligible to apply under the highly skilled migrant scheme, and will need to prove to the IND that you still meet the requirements of WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEMES the highly skilled migrant scheme. • If applying to extend a residence or work permit, your circumstances • Those between the ages of 18 to 30 will be assessed again according to from Australia, Canada, and New the original application; the main Zealand can apply to live and work exception is that after three years in the Netherlands for one year (with proof of a return ticket or funds to working on any given residence buy one). permit that allowed you to work, you no longer need a separate • Candidates can apply in their home work permit. country or once they arrive in the Netherlands.

• Highly skilled migrants can also change their purpose of stay into “labour” after three years, which allows them to work without a work permit. • Apply for a new residence permit before the old one expires (the IND will notify you in advance) or else risk being ineligible for permanent residency. CONTRACTS AND EMPLOYMENT LAW • Employment laws in the Netherlands vary, and your personal contract will determine your pay and specific conditions. • Dutch legislation covers key areas such as trial periods, holidays, notice and dismissal, minimum wages, health and safety, and equal treatment. • In most cases the employer needs permission from the UWV WERKbedrijf or the court to fire you, except in temporary work.

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• Useful information regarding working practices, employment law and the minimum wage can be found on the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment website (www.szw.nl) or the UWV WERKbedrijf website (www.werk.nl). • If you want to check the market rate for your salary or calculate bruto/netto rates (before/after tax and social security deductions), try www.loonwijzer.nl. • It is standard practice to get extra wages as a “holiday allowance” plus four weeks of paid leave. • If you work in the Netherlands, Dutch law is partly and often fully applicable to your employment, even if the law of another country is declared applicable in your contract. • The number of succeeding employment contracts for a fixed term is limited to three; the total duration of fixed term contracts is limited to three years. • If the duration of the contracts or the number of fixed contracts exceeds the legal limit, it will automatically become a contract for an unlimited term. • If the contract is for less than two years, the trial period cannot be longer than one month. The maximum duration of a trial period is two months. Trial periods in contracts for less than 6 months are invalid. • During the trial period, both employer and employee can terminate the contract with immediate effect. The notice period for the employee is usually one month.

• Employment contracts for an unlimited term can only be terminated by the employer with consent of the employee, the labour office (UWV WERKbedrijf) or the Court. • If an employer gives notice of termination without obtaining prior approval, the employee could nullify the termination. This rule is not applicable in the case of summary dismissal (such as fraud or theft by the employee). • Courts are very reluctant about accepting summary dismissals; it is very important to contact an employment lawyer immediately if you are fired on the spot. • The legal minimum number of holidays per year is four times the weekly working time. This means 20 holidays in the case of a fulltime employee working a five-day week. • It is common practice in the Netherlands for a fulltime employee to be entitled to approximately 25 holiday days per year in addition to Dutch public holidays. • By law, there is an expiration date of six months for taking the legal minimum number of holidays; employees must take all their holidays within six months after the year in which the holidays were accrued. Should the employee not take the holidays on time, the holidays will lapse without any compensation or payment. • The expiration date of six months is not applicable to the holidays that the employee is entitled to on top of the legal minimum number of holidays; these extra holidays will not lapse until after a period of five years.

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• Highlighting your experience and strengths to make your CV, cover letter and/or job application stand out from the rest. • Refining your interviewing & communication skills with an experienced, native English speaker to gain an edge in a very competitive market. Email karen@kgtconsulting.nl to schedule a free intake & discuss which services you need. www.kgtconsulting.nl

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COLLECTIVE LABOUR AGREEMENT (CAO) • This is a written agreement covering working conditions and benefits drawn up by employers, employers’ organisations and employee organisations (such as unions). • A CAO are often more generous than statutory requirements. • It should state in your contract whether a CAO is applicable; you don’t have to be a member of a union to benefit. • If no CAO applies – all must be registered – you will need to negotiate your own terms and conditions. SOCIAL SECURITY • The Dutch social security system is one of the most comprehensive in Europe. There are three strands: 1. National Insurance administered by the social insurance bank (www.svb.nl), which includes old age pension (AOW) and child benefit (AKW). 2. Employee Insurance administered by UWV (www.uwv.nl), including unemployment benefits, long-term disability (WIA) and sickness (ZW). 3. Social Assistance administered by municipalities (www. rechtopbijstand.nl).

• Specific conditions apply to each benefit. Check that your residence rights are not affected if you apply for benefits. • Official documents will need to be in good order. Consult the Ministry of Social Affairs and Welfare website (www.szw.nl) for more information. UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT (WW) • Your employment history will determine the amount and duration of payments. For the first two months you get 75 percent of your last earned salary, and thereafter 70 percent. • You must have worked 26 out of the previous 36 weeks before the first day of unemployment (or less for those not in regular employment). • You apply for benefit online at www.werk.nl or at a local office of UWV WERKbedrijf. Everything at UWV is in Dutch, so try to find help when applying. VOLUNTARY WORK • A volunteer is a vrijwilliger and there are many opportunities depending on your skills. • Expat advice centre ACCESS is always on the lookout for volunteers in its offices in Den Haag, Amsterdam, Utrecht or Leiden (www.access-nl.org).

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FINDING A JOB Expats seeking a new career challenge in the Netherlands will find ample opportunities. The Dutch employment market is sophisticated and boasts an impressive array of local and international companies spread across the country. It also has a vast network of specialist and generalist recruitment firms. Many newcomers take the recruitment agency route for speed and convenience, but there are many job hunting streams that foreigners can tap into. JOB HUNTING • Recruitment agencies are big in the Netherlands, and several specialise in recruiting nonDutch nationals. Explore engines like www.intermediair.nl, www.toplanguagejobs.nl, www.undutchables.nl or www.monsterboard.nl, or even sector-specific sites (architecture, biotechnology, finance etc.). • The UWV WERKbedrijf portal (www.werk.nl) also has a useful list, as does EURES, the European job mobility portal (www.eures.info). • Expat community sites, such as Expatica, have extensive employment listings for foreigners (www.expatica.com/nl/jobs). • Vacancy (vacature) advertisements are often placed on social media via LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and are often placed in English. • The list of companies that are eligible for applying for highly skilled migrants is a useful source and can be found on the IND site (www.ind.nl).

CULTURAL COMPETENCY • Many international companies have headquarters in the Netherlands. • Cross-cultural competency’ tests may be part of the selection procedure for international assignments. • There are standard personality analysis programmes, such as the Meyers Briggs Type Indicators that analyse personality traits that could affect performance in a new cultural environment. • Top firms are looking for executives who are open-minded, flexible, mature, and show respect for, and interest in different cultures. WORKING WITH AGENCIES Agencies openly advertise their services on websites geared to expats, and they are frequent advertisers on job boards and leading publications. But how do you find an agency that is both tuned into the local market and to your personal needs?

• Maintain an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) in English that fully reflects your skills, education, work experience and personal profile, and try to keep it as short as possible. If you really want to stand out, have a version translated into Dutch, which some companies will appreciate. • Always support any application with a clear overview or motivation letter setting out your primary work requirements, personal qualities and career objectives. • Follow up any application if you hear nothing back within five days. SKILLS IN DEMAND • Always try to meet your agent in person, and make • Expats with French, German, Flemish, and Scandinavian sure that your CV does not get sent anywhere without language skills are always in demand, according to expat your permission. job agency Undutchables. • Be clear about your work preferences and present yourself • The job market is also strong for experienced professionals in a positive and personable light. in IT, engineers, healthcare professionals, transport, • Stay flexible and be ready to attend interviews as building, logistics. opportunities emerge, but remain patient while your agent scours the market for the right opportunity. CULTURALLY CORRECT CVS • Keep your agent informed of any personal developments • Concise, direct and professional communication is the that might affect the work they are doing on your behalf. style for job applications in the Netherlands. One or two THE INTERVIEW PROCESS pages maximum in this order: - Personal details (address etc., sometimes a photo); • Once you’ve set yourself up with your preferred agencies - Education (courses, not results); and the enquiries begin, prepare yourself for interviews. - Work experience (the most recent first). Include • Avoid using jargon or colloquial expressions. Be welljob responsibilities. presented, enthusiastic and well-informed. - In your cover letter, include more about your motivation • Research the company in advance. Self-preparation is for the job, but keep the tone professional. equally important. SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2021 • THE NETHERLANDS • WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL

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• Always attend an interview with a list of relevant questions. • When you receive a job offer that fully matches your expectations, your agent will help you to assess the various aspects of the offer (salary level, benefits, career development, etc.). • Allow yourself two or three days to consider all of the angles. • The Dutch are tuned into working with foreign nationals — be reassured that your new co-workers will be supportive of their new “international” colleague. • Make an effort to learn some Dutch – it will pay off in the long run. CAREER RESOURCES KGT Consulting +31(0)6 3018 0433 • karen@kgtconsulting.nl • www.kgtconsulting.nl •  @KGTNetherlands EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS ScheerSanders Advocaten Nassauplein 36, 2585 ED Den Haag • +31 (0)70 3659 933 • info@scheer.nl • www.scheersanders.nl •  @scheersanders •  @scheersanders-advocaten PAYROLL & CONTRACTING SERVICES Dutch Umbrella Company Donauweg 10, 1043 AJ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 8201 560 • info@dutchumbrellacompany.com • www.dutchumbrellacompany.com RECRUITMENT AGENCIES Brainbox Consulting B.V. Torenallee 20, 5617 BC Eindhoven • +31 (0)6 3866 0689 • admin@brainbox.consulting • www.brainbox.consulting

WORKING CULTURE • Work life and home life are kept separate. • Office hours are strictly observed. • Newcomers are often surprised by the informal working relationships, horizontal management and frequent meetings. • Colleagues often lunch together at the canteen. • Flexible working is common, particularly for families with children.

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THE NETHERLANDS IS A BUREAUCRATIC COUNTRY AND PROUD OF IT. Be prepared for paperwork, appointments, and organizing documents during your stay in the Netherlands:

COMPULSORY REGISTRATION IN THE BRP APPLIES TO EVERYONE!

family members (see above for legal format, if applicable depending on the country of origin). • To register, you need to make an • The Municipal Personal Records appointment, and all members of your Database (Basis Registratie Personen • Ensure documents are in order family (regardless of age) must be in Dutch) holds details of everyone before approaching the BRP and IND. present at the first interview. that lives in the Netherlands; • BRP: the office where to register your • If you move within the Netherlands, registration is compulsory. details into Dutch system. you can usually register the change of • All people who intend to stay longer • IND: the office that implements address online (by means of using a than 4 months in the Netherlands, immigration policy and makes DigiD). If leaving the Netherlands, you must register at the BRP within five decisions on (combined) work/ need to deregister from the city hall days of arrival. In some regions residence permits. were you are living (not earlier than 5 waiting lists apply. • Check that your passport is valid for • Information shared at BRP is shared days before departure date). the period of your stay (and expires with other government platforms later than six months from date IND (IMMIGRATION AND to reduce duplicate registrations of registration). NATURALISATION DEPARTMENT). and perform public tasks like • Collect your marriage and birth determine charges for water and certificates, and they must be refuse collection, eligibility for social • Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst translated into Dutch, English, (IND) implements immigration housing, and so on. French, or German (best to ask for a • Your Citizen Service number (also procedures including applications for multi-lingual one). residence permits, Dutch citizenship, called social security number) – in • All documents must be “legalised”. visas, and asylum requests. Dutch Burger Service Nummer (BSN) Generally, with the addition of is initiated here. It is needed to open • The website has extensive information an Apostille – an extra stamp on in English, and downloadable a bank account, start work, and/or certified foreign papers – which you brochures and forms (www.ind.nl/en). claim benefits. After completing the obtain from the competent authority process, you can get a printout of your • Appointment must be made before in your own country. See the visiting an IND desk. details to prove your residence and Apostille section of www.hcch.net. • To collect a permit, you must attend rights, either on the spot or sent to Not all countries issue apostilles, in person. your home address. which may cause the legalization • Documents required for registration • Renewal forms are automatically process to be a little more complex. sent to you. Office locations can include: passport (valid for a minimum Since February 2019, apostilles be found on the IND website period of the length of your stay), from European Union states are no rental contract (in your name), (www.ind.nl/en) or call +31 (0)88 043 longer necessary. 0430 (call charges apply). employment contract (if applicable), birth and marriage certificates of all SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2021 • THE NETHERLANDS • WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL

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RESIDENCE PERMITS A TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT IS CONDITIONAL AND RELATES TO THE PURPOSE OF YOUR STAY. A PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMIT IS UNCONDITIONAL.

WHAT KIND OF RESIDENCE PERMIT?

CIVIC INTEGRATION ACT

• Eligibility and the type of residence permit (verblijfsvergunning) you need, depends on a variety of factors (age, income, country of origin, and so on). Temporary residence permits are renewable and issued for a set period, for up to five years. They usually last the length of your stay (work contract, study program, etc.). • After 5 years of legal, continuous residency, you can apply for permanent residence or consider citizenship (see below).

Civic Integration Exam (Inburgeringsexamen) must be passed within three years from arrival. The exam tests knowledge of Dutch language, culture and society. If passed, the candidate receives the Civic Integration Diploma (Inburgeringsdiploma), which is required for any permanent residence permit.

EU/EEA/SWISS NATIONALS AND RELATIVES • For EU/EEA/Swiss nationals, your passport or ID proves your right to live and work in the Netherlands. • If you are staying more than four months, you need to register at a local municipality, get a social number (BSN), and take out Dutch health insurance. Any non-EU/EEA/ Swiss family members must apply for a certificate of lawful residence and show proof of their relationship to the national. • After five years of residency, all EU/EEA/Swiss nationals and family members (who have lived with them) are eligible to apply for “permanent residence for EU citizens”.

• The Civic Integration Exam is different from the Civic Integration Examination Abroad, which is an examination taken before arrival in the Netherlands. The Civic Integration Examination Abroad forms part of the MVV-procedure, but does not apply to those coming for work, study or other temporary purposes. EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their families are exempt from all compulsory integration requirements. Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens staying for work, study or exchange, and their family members, are also exempt as long as they stay on the basis of these (temporary) residence permits, Persons under 18 years old, and pension aged persons are exempt as well. • As of 1 January 2013, the Education Executive Agency (DUO) ensures the implementation and enforcement of the Civic Integration Act. For information, check en.inburgeren.nl.

NON-EU/EEA/SWISS • Also called “third country” nationals need a residence permit to stay over three months and possibly temporary permit (MVV) to enter the Netherlands. • MVV and residence permit can be applied for with one application called the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV). • Sponsors – employer or family members – can apply for the permit on national’s behalf before arrival. MVV (MACHTIGING TOT VOORLOPIG VERBLIJF) • A visa sticker placed in a passport valid for 90 days. Travel to the Netherlands must be done within 90 days! Expats coming to the Netherlands must wait for the approval decision in their home countries. With the MVV-visa sticker they can enter the Netherlands. Their residence cards will be waiting for them at a designated IND desk. Nationals from EU/EEA/Switzerland (and their family members), Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, US and Vatican City do not need an MVV. For these nationals, biometrics needs to be done in the Netherlands after arrival; residence permit will be made thereafter. • Citizens with a “long-term residence permit EU” issued by another European Union (EU) member state are also exempt.

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HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANT POLICY (KENNISMIGRANTENREGELING) • Employment-based immigration policy for highly skilled migrants. Combined residence-and-work permits are applied for by the employer, who acts as “sponsor”. • Only so called “recognized sponsors” can make use of this policy. IND keeps a public record of all recognized sponsors at: www.ind.nl/en/Pages/public-register-recognisedsponsors.aspx. Highly skilled migrants must be on payroll of recognized sponsor. • The policy all depends on salary. Highly skilled migrant salaries must meet a particular threshold, while also being competitive. The salary thresholds do not apply to medical specialist training, or academic positions. • Net salaries must be paid by bank on a monthly basis. Late or irregular payment of salary may immediately give cause for withdrawal of residence permit. • Sponsors of highly skilled migrants are under a duty of information. They have to report significant changes to the IND within 28 days. • Employees can begin work once they receive their residence permit or “residence endorsement sticker” (verblijfsaantekening) from the IND. Highly skilled migrants may perform self-employed activities on the side, but no side-jobs in employment. Dependent family members have full access to labour market. SEARCH YEAR VISA • Foreign students who have completed higher education can file with IND to remain in the country for a year to look for a job; full and unrestricted access to the labour market. • Permission also applies to those who obtained a degree in the last three years from a university listed in the top 200 of the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, or Academic Ranking of World Universities. • Visa is non-extendable, but if graduate finishes a different study program after expiry of first Search Year Visa, a second Search Year Visa can be issued. START-UP VISA • One-year temporary residence permits enabling applicant to launch an innovative start-up in the Netherlands. • Start-up entrepreneur business idea must be innovative. Innovativeness is broadly defined. • The start-up entrepreneur must have significant savings or another source of income for at least a full year. • The start-up entrepreneur must have a contract with a start-up facilitator having a sound track record. Most major start-up incubators in the Netherlands are accepted. • After one year, permit must be changed into a regular entrepreneur residence permit. This may be done with a statement of good entrepreneurship obtained from start-up facilitator. Facilitators set their own benchmarks for this.

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INDEPENDENT PERMITS • A non-EU national who has a residence permit based on a relationship (a Dutch or legally resident partner or parent, for example) can apply for a permit in his or her own right after five years of holding a Dutch permit. • Dependent children can apply for an independent residence permit after one year of legal stay based on a family residence permit. • Specific, but restrictive policies facilitate continued stay of ex-partners in case of domestic violence or the threat of violence. • Continued stay in case of divorce before the five-year term is usually possible if there are children having the Dutch or an EU nationality. PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMIT • Permanent and unconditional residence permit. After five years of uninterrupted legal stay, this permit can be issued. • Applicant must have the Civic Integration Diploma (Inburgeringsdiploma), even if prior residence was based on work. • Applicant must show having sufficient and durable means of support. • Beware of “residence gaps”, meaning a “gap” between the expiry date of old residence permit and starting date of the new permit. A “residence gap” causes the loss of all accrued time; you basically have to start counting five years from zero. • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens can obtain permanent status after five years too. The rules here are considerably less strict. RESIDENCY COSTS (2020) For all applications the IND charges costs. The exact figures are subject to frequent change. Please refer to www.ind.nl/en/pages/costs.aspx for details. IDENTIFICATION All residents over the age of 14 must carry an ID that shows their residence status (for EU/EEA nationals, a passport).

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EXPAT CENTRES

ADVICE AND INFORMATION

EXPAT CENTRE LEIDEN Stadskantoor Leiden, Bargelaan 190 • 2333 CW Leiden info@expatcentreleiden.nl • www.expatcentreleiden.nl •  @ExpatCentreLeiden

ACCESS Lange Voorhout 12, 2514 ED Den Haag • +31 (0)85 4000 338 • helpdesk@access-nl.org • www.access-nl.org •  @ACCESSNL • Instagram @access.nl •  @ACCESS-Netherlands

Expat Centre Maastricht Region Postbus 1992, 6201 BZ Maastricht • +31 (0)43 350 5010 • www.expatcentremaastrichtregion.nl •  ExpatCentreMaastrichtRegion • Instagram @expatcentremaastrichtregion •  @expat-centre-maastricht-region

LAWYERS Mynta Law Laan Copes van Cattenburch 88, 2585 GE Den Haag • +31(0)70 205 1160 • info@mynta.nl • www.mynta.nl •  @myntalaw •  @mynta-law

IN Amsterdam World Trade Center Amsterdam • I Tower, ground floor Strawinskylaan 1767, 1077 XX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 254 7999 • welcome@amsterdam.nl • www.inamsterdam.com

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International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region Stadsplateau 1, 3521 AZ Utrecht • +31 (0)30 286 00 00 • iwc@utrecht.com •  @IWCUR •  @International Welcome Centre UR • Instagram @iwcutrechtregion Rotterdam Partners Korte Hoogstraat 31, 3011 GK Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 790 0190 • info@rotterdampartners.nl • www.rotterdamexpatcentre.nl • www.rotterdampartners.nl •  @rotterdamexpatcentre/ The Hague International Centre City Hall (Atrium) Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag • +31 (0)70 3535043 • internationalcentre@denhaag.nl • www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl •  @TheHagueInternationalCentre •  www.linkedin.com/company/ the-hague-international-centre •  @hague_intcentre EXPAT CENTRES/GOVERNMENTAL Holland Expat Center South Vestdijk 27a, 5611 CA Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 238 6777 • info@hollandexpatcenter.com • www.hollandexpatcenter.com •  @Holland-Expat-Center

Altair Global Het Kleine Loo 414T, 2592 CK Den Haag • +31 (0)70 324 2524 • netherlands@altairglobal.com • www.altairglobal.com •  @AltairGlobal Big5 Relocations Postbus 91, 5600 AB Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 235 15 05 • servicedesk@big5relo.com • www.big5relo.com •  @big5relocations Expat Management Group Herengracht 168, 1016 BP Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 707 05 51 • info@expatmanagementgroup.com • www.expatmanagementgroup.com ServicedApartments.nl Gustav Mahlerlaan 50b, 1082 MC Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 723 3490 • info@servicedapartments.nl • www.servicedapartments.nl •  @servicedapartmentsinthenetherlands PAS BMS Immigration and Relocation serv. Schoutenlaan 62, 2215ME Voorhout • +31 (0)25 234 7876 • info@pasbms.com • www.pasbms.com •  @pasbms

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AMSTERDAM AREA AMSTERDAM, AMSTELVEEN, DIEMEN, ALMERE, LELYSTAD, HAARLEM, HAARLEMMERMEER, HILVERSUM, ALKMAAR, BERGEN, HOORN, IJMOND, ZANDVOORT, CASTRICUM, ZAANSTREEK & WATERLAND

Population of Amsterdam: 873,200 Population of the region: 2.5 million Nationalities: 168 (approximately) Number of bikes in the city: 847,000 (estimated) Total kilometres cycled every day: 2 million Number of international schools in the region: 17 and still increasing LINKS www.iamsterdam.com/living (regional information) www.amsterdam.nl/en (city information) www.iamsterdam.com/inamsterdam (for international newcomers)

The city of Amsterdam is a world-famous destination, home to the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, renowned museums and countless tourist attractions, but there’s much more to experience and discover in the region. The Amsterdam Area includes a stretch of the North Sea Coast, newly formed cities like Almere and Lelystad, the historic city of Haarlem, harbourside villages and much more – all within an hour of Amsterdam’s city centre. More international residents are choosing to settle in these areas, where there is a greater choice of housing, international schools with capacity for new students and easy transport connections for work. AMSTERDAM, AMSTELVEEN & DIEMEN The city of Amsterdam has enjoyed a long and interesting history, and today it prides itself on a rich cultural life and a diverse population. This is illustrated by the fact that the city’s districts and neighbourhoods are hugely varied – each has its own character, from the green spaces in Oost, the bustling creativity in West, to the quieter, charming villages in Noord. Amstelveen and Diemen are neighbouring cities, offering yet more diversity. Here you can enjoy a bigger variety of housing options, peaceful residential areas and a vibrant international community, while all the benefits of living and working in

Amsterdam’s city centre are within a short bike ride. ALMERE & LELYSTAD The Netherlands’ newest cities, Almere and Lelystad, were built on land that was reclaimed from the sea in a feat of Dutch engineering. Since the first homes were built here in the 1960s and ‘70s, these cities have developed into well-planned residential areas with world-class architecture, lakes and criss-crossing waterways, modern infrastructure and excellent transport connections. Aside from being one of the most distinctive and diverse areas to buy housing in the Amsterdam Area, there are also opportunities to design and build your own home. HAARLEM Haarlem is one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful old cities, offering a wealth of historic buildings and sights and a lively community of 150,000 residents. Often likened to a miniature version of Amsterdam, Haarlem has a similarly picturesque old-world charm, with cobbled streets, winding waterways and gabled houses. Though rich with historic architecture, it’s a lively city packed with culture, nightlife, dining hotspots and some of the best shopping streets in the country.

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HAARLEMMERMEER & THE FLOWER STRIP

IJMOND, ZANDVOORT & CASTRICUM

The Haarlemmermeer region offers easy connections to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for international travel, a good selection of public and international schools, and plenty of green space for outdoor activities. Expansive parks, farmland and gardens contribute to the area’s relaxed lifestyle. The area borders the flower growing region of the Netherlands, which bursts to life in vivid colours every spring and summer, while the world’s largest flower auction is based in neighbouring city Aalsmeer. Even in a bigger city like Hoofddorp, you’re never far from open green spaces, such as the 1000-hectare Park 21 and the Toolenburgplas lake.

Locations like Zandvoort, Bloemendaal, Castricum, Bergen, Velsen, IJmuiden, Egmond, Beverwijk and Heemskerk offer a unique lifestyle that perfectly balances the bustling cities nearby. Weekends can be spent taking part in wind and water sports, walking or cycling in the dunes and spotting local wildlife, or visiting the beachside bars and restaurants nearby. There’s a feeling of freedom that comes from the area’s relative remoteness, making it easy to forget that it’s just a simple journey by car or train from Amsterdam, Haarlem or Alkmaar.

HILVERSUM, THE GOOI & VECHTSTREEK

The cities, towns and villages of Beemster, Purmerend, Zaanstad, Waterland, Landsmeer, Wormerland, Uitgeest, Oostzaan and Edam-Volendam all have an enduring cultural and industrial heritage. Today, its infrastructure remains steeped in history, with shipping warehouses, windmills, cheesemaking factories and iconic Dutch fishing villages that have remained virtually untouched for centuries. The area is simultaneously looking towards the future, blending the old with the new and finding innovative ways to repurpose and showcase its industrial character.

The area known as the Gooi & Vechtstreek is characterised by its lush surroundings, picturesque and historic villages, untouched natural spaces and beautiful lakes. Positioned southeast of Amsterdam city centre, the area is made up of cities and towns which include Hilversum, Bussum, Naarden, Huizen, Laren, Blaricum and Muiden – all offering a popular blend of upmarket luxury, traditional village atmospheres and modern living. The Gooi & Vechtstreek has a good selection of schools, including various international schools for non-Dutch speakers. The small village-like communities are safe, and the green spaces, forests, parks and playgrounds are ideal for outdoor family activities.

ZAANSTREEK & WATERLAND

Learn more about living in the Amsterdam Area at: www.iamsterdam.com/living Or find your ideal place to stay using the interactive Map It Out tool mapitout.iamsterdam.com SETTLE INTO THE REGION WITH IN AMSTERDAM We support highly skilled migrant employees, scientific researchers, international entrepreneurs and international graduates, simplifying immigration processes and helping international newcomers settle into the Amsterdam Area. The IN Amsterdam procedure includes immigration elements such as:

ALKMAAR, BERGEN & HOORN The area at the north of the province of Noord-Holland offers a relaxed coastal lifestyle with expansive polder landscapes and historical Dutch villages. Positioned between the North Sea Coast, the Wadden Sea (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the IJsselmeer lake, the area includes the cities Alkmaar, Den Helder and Hoorn. This region north of Amsterdam is renowned for its traditional feel – down to earth, hardworking and straight talking – but it’s not stuck in its ways either. As such, scenic polders and historical towns go hand in hand with the ever-developing digital economy.

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• residence and work permits; • registration with the relevant municipality; • arrangement of a citizen service number (BSN); • application for the 30% tax ruling; • application to exchange a driving licence. If you’ve made the move and you’re still finding your feet, we’re here to help. Sign up to our newsletters for tips and news, take part in our informative seminars for newcomers, turn to the helpdesks provided by our trusted partners (for housing or general advice), learn more about international schools and Dutch education, or meet new people at the cultural experiences hosted by the Amsterdam Culture Club.

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LEIDEN REGION LEIDEN, KATWIJK, LEIDERDORP, OEGSTGEEST, VOORSCHOTEN, ZOETERWOUDE LEIDEN’S LOCATION Facts & Figures: Leiden has: • the largest life sciences knowledge cluster in the Netherlands • 13 museums • 28 km of canals • 3,000 monuments • 20,000+ internationals

just 20 minutes away and Rotterdam’s smaller airport at 25 minutes distance. Want to explore Dutch landscapes? Leiden lies within ten kilometres of Holland’s North Sea coast, and is close to the Green Heart of the Netherlands. Leiden is also a great starting point for many activities, with water sports at the Kagerplassen recreational area, the Duinrell water amusement park in Wassenaar, the famed Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, Space Expo in Noordwijk and Madurodam in The Hague in the area. CULTURE

Leiden is ideally located. Within a short travelling distance you’ll reach major cities such as The Hague and Amsterdam. International visitors will also have no difficulty reaching Leiden, with Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport)

Leiden has an abundant and rich cultural heritage and a beautiful vibrant city centre: labyrinth of streets, alleys, courtyards and over 3.000 monumental buildings. Furthermore, Leiden has 28 kilometres of historic canals running through the city, which allows you to enjoy the city from the water. Leiden’s cosiness is a warm harbour to create your home-awayfrom-home. • 15 minutes from the beach • 15 minutes from Den Haag • 20 minutes from Schiphol • 35 minutes from Amsterdam

CAREER, SCIENCE, BALANCE Leiden is a city where talent is given the opportunity to develop. It is a region engulfed in science with the University, the Leiden University Medical Center and the Leiden Bio Science Park. A city where the students are part of the knowledge culture, from the University to the Hogeschool. A region with the largest biodiversity in the Netherlands, Naturalis. Also don’t forget the region’s culture. With more than 13 museums, which mostly arose from scientists who taught at the University (think of Lorentz, Einstein, Scaliger, Boerhaave) and three thousand monuments, culture and science go hand in hand. Leiden is still a breeding ground for up-and-coming talent. In Leiden, the discoveries of tomorrow are made today! The Leiden Region is the hotspot for talented people and has been for decades. With the oldest Dutch university, and businesses having high percentages of foreign employees (up to 80%), the international economy and community is shooting through the roof.

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A WARM AND PRACTICAL WELCOME The Expat Center Leiden (ECL) is the first place newcomers visit. You can visit the Expat Center to register with the municipalities and to apply for a citizen service number (BSN). In addition, you can receive extensive information from education to housing, and the tax system to healthcare.

“We offer services in the Leiden region for all stages of international life: coming to, settling in, living in and leaving. Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa, a work permit, or a residence permit. You will also need to register with the Municipal Personal Records Database to obtain a BSN. The Expat Centre helps you arrange this smoothly so you can start your settling in fresh”, explains Corine van der Ceelen, manager of Expat Centre Leiden. On top of helping internationals themselves, the Expat Centre Leiden also consults with international companies and HR departments for tailor made solutions, necessary procedures, legal aspects, registration forms, and a number of other subjects. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

The Expat Centre Leiden (ECL) offers government services and provides a network for internationals living or working in the Leiden region. ECL carries out registrations for people living or working in Leiden, Katwijk, Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest, Voorschoten and Zoeterwoude. expatcentreleiden.nl

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Having a community is an important part of feeling at home in a place. That’s why the ECL organises events where you can meet others, creating your new home-awayfrom-home. “We recognize that meeting other people can be difficult, which is why we organise Meet & Mingles, informal gatherings for internationals in the Leiden region.” Meet & Mingles take place on the first Thursday of every month from 18:00 to 20:00. The main focus is on creating connections over a drink, games, or quiz in a casual setting. The Meet & Mingle has a new theme and location every month. This way, you get to know parts of Leiden and the region you might not have been before. Additionally, ECL playfully insert facts, figures, customs and events of the region into the Meet & Mingle in varying ways. “We aim to create a community in the Leiden region, where everyone is welcome and which brings internationals one step closer to creating a new home”.

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ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL, DYNAMIC, INCLUSIVE

MAGNET FOR BUSINESS AND INNOVATION

1,200+ international companies • 7000+ expats serviced by Rotterdam Expat Centre (2016-2019) • 9000+ international students in Rotterdam region (2018) • 1,581 tech & ICT vacancies (January 2020) • Population 651, 157 (Rotterdam in 2020), 1,454,720 (Greater Rijnmond Area in 2020)

Rotterdam, the gateway to Europe. International city with a distinct character, energetic, always in motion, its eyes on the future. Dynamic port city, where a vibrant mix of 170+ nationalities and many cultures, subcultures and communities makes for a diverse, inclusive and open urban culture. It’s no wonder that more and more international companies and expats settle and build their future in Rotterdam. Going abroad and creating a new life in a new city can be quite the challenge. You want to make sure you pick the city that fits your needs and your lifestyle. A place where you can find likeminded people and a community where you and your family can easily fit in and feel at home. We would like to warmly welcome you to Rotterdam. LIVING IN ROTTERDAM Rotterdam has a unique urban vibe. The diverse and multicultural nature of Rotterdam’s population is visible and tangible in its art, culture, night life, eating culture, business community and literally on the streets. Practically everybody here speaks English fluently. As expat you’ll find your home easily here, either in the city centre, or in one of Rotterdam’s scenic green suburbs. Popular areas for expats are Kralingen-Crooswijk, Hillegersberg-Schiebroek, Rotterdam Noord (North) and the city centre, but also the fast evolving areas South of the river Maas are attracting more and more expats. Besides the diversity and quality of its neighbourhoods, the relatively low cost of living and housing in Rotterdam compared to other cities contributes to its growing appeal.

Rotterdam’s strategic location literally connects Rotterdam to the world. Its port, the smartest and busiest in Europe, is the engine powering Europe’s most innovative maritime and offshore cluster. Rotterdam is also home to world-leading clusters in other economic sectors such as life sciences and health, cleantech, logistics and agri-food. The proximity to customers and suppliers makes Rotterdam a strategic business location and a fast growing international business hub. Entrepreneurship, innovation and experimentation are integral elements of the city’s DNA, attracting international investors, pioneers, start-ups and global talent. Continuous innovation is how Rotterdam builds and keeps a leading position and is crucial to accelerate its digital, energy and circular transitions. The Netherlands in general and Rotterdam in particular are internationally recognised as leading country and city when it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation. This publication of fDi Intelligence and also the Global innovation Index are just two of several recent accolades. SAFE, OPEN, EASY TO TRAVEL Rotterdam is safe, well organised and easy to travel. It’s quite open and less crowded than many other international urban hubs, with green and water nearby wherever you are in the city. Its open, spacious and well organised and layout are welcoming, even in times when being and moving in crowds is not possible. Rotterdam boasts an excellent public transport system (bus, tram, metro, watertaxi) and is close to two international airports (both Schiphol International Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport are less than 30 minutes from Rotterdam Central Station). And of course Rotterdammers, being Dutch, love to ride their bikes, which is actually one of the fastest ways of getting around the city. All these aspects contribute to Rotterdam being an ideal city for international families to settle and build their lives.

“Compared to other countries, children are doing well in the Netherlands where there is a high quality of living. According to the EDUCATION AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT survey, 90 percent of Dutch children are satisfied with their lives in Speaking of families, Rotterdam has several highly regarded general. They appear to have good social and academic skills.” international schools for primary and secondary education (see - Invest in Holland website; article “International Survey: boxed info on this page) and world class institutes for higher Children in the Netherlands 1st in Overall Well-being” level education, including the Erasmus University Rotterdam,

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Medical Centre and the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences where in general education is offered in English. Because of the rapid growth of Rotterdam’s international business community and innovation ecosystem, education and talent development are in the centre of the city’s attention. Municipality, businesses and research and knowledge institutes actively work together to provide special programs and hubs where people can develop and deploy their talents. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN ROTTERDAM • Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam (NAISR): www.naisr.nl • Rotterdam International Secondary School (RISS): www.riss.wolfert.nl • Japanese School of Rotterdam: http://www.jsrotte.nl/ • Harbour IBSR (International and Bilingual schools of Rotterdam): www.harbourinternational.nl/ ROTTERDAM EXPAT CENTRE How to tap into all this potential that Rotterdam offers you and your family? That’s easy. You contact the people at the Rotterdam Expat Centre. They are familiar with all requirements and procedures that come with you wanting to settle in Rotterdam. They know what questions you might have and what challenges you face. They will help you with the immigration procedure with the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service), they can advise you on things like taxes, housing, opening a bank account, healthcare, education and careers. Their services for expats are free, tailored to your specific needs and also include your spouse and children.

Especially for new expats coming to Rotterdam the Rotterdam Expat Centre organizes International Welcome Events, either in the form of a physical get together or – as is the case in 2020 – in the form of digital/virtual meetings. Like our annual Rotterdam Expat Welcome Event, when we warmly welcome all recently arrived expats to our city, help them with introductions to each other and into local communities and networks. Additionally, every month a special Talent Night is organized by Venture Café, focusing on opportunities and challenges in the field of talent in the city, with a break-out session especially for spouses. These and other events will help you settle, feel at home, meet other expats and share your experiences living and working in Rotterdam. Whether you are thinking about moving to the Netherlands and looking for a new place you can call home, or if you have already started planning your career and life in Rotterdam, the people of Rotterdam Expat Centre would love to meet and help you. If you want to first explore our city a little more, we advise you to check out these websites: • Rotterdam Expat Centre: www.rotterdamexpatcentre.nl • Rotterdam Partners: www.rotterdampartners.nl/en • City of Rotterdam: www.rotterdam.nl (Dutch) • Rotterdam Tourist Information: www.en.rotterdam.info • Virtual Tour of Rotterdam:: https://en.rotterdampartners.nl/ rotterdam-virtual-tour/ Population: 651, 376

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DISCOVER Welcome to Utrecht Region! Utrecht Region marks the exact centre of the Netherlands and with its 26 municipalities and over 1.3 million inhabitants, of which 45.000 expats, it is one of smallest and most densely populated provinces in the country. And it has lots of beautiful cities and neighbourhoods for you to discover. In the heart of the province lies the city of Utrecht. With roots that go back to medieval times, Utrecht has a long and rich cultural past. It is a city where history and 21st century science easily blend. It provides a vibrant, creative, young, inspiring and international environment for realising leading innovations that help people live greener, smarter and healthier lives. Take a stroll along the lively canals in Utrecht or one of the other endearing cities and explore the countless monuments and world heritage sites the Utrecht region has to offer. And don’t forget to meet the lovely cosmopolitan people to get to know the area through their eyes.

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talent and corporations are therefore naturally attracted to the region and, In the beating heart of the Netherlands in recent years, a significant increase in mobility among international lies the province of Utrecht. A region employees and students has been that offers high-quality living and documented. More and more employment, a pleasant and varied landscape, beautiful cities and towns international firms are relocating to the Netherlands and, along with Dutch as well as world-class cultural and companies, are investing in global recreational facilities. The central talent to support their business. location, easy-going character and healthy urban lifestyle make it a popular region to settle in. STUDY WORK Utrecht Region is a globally competitive destination for business and has been consistently ranked as one of Europe’s most competitive regions since the European Commission launched its Regional Competitive Index in 2010. With an open-minded business climate, a skilled workforce and global connections, the region is a hub of creativity and innovation. The region offers an attractive, sustainable environment for business and for residents to live and work. Global

Utrecht Region is also home to some of the Netherlands’ most prestigious universities and knowledge institutes, which offer a wide range of Englishtaught degree programmes and courses for you to choose from. As an international student, you will be in good company. Utrecht Region hosts more than 70,000 students, of which 3,700 are from abroad. Studying in Utrecht Region, even if it is just for a semester, will be a life-changing experience. You will discover a new city and country, make friends, absorb a different culture and maybe even learn a new language.

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INTERNATIONAL WELCOME CENTRE UTRECHT REGION Are you relocating to the Utrecht Region? Start your journey at the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region (IWCUR)! We believe that starting a new life abroad should be easy and fun; therefore, we offer a number of free services to help you settle in. We can help you simply arrange the official procedures upon your arrival, help you with current and accurate information to make you familiar with life in Utrecht Region, and help you get access to the local (international) community via fun and informative events. Feel free to stop by our office and get the information and guidance you need. Visit our website for more information: welcome.utrechtregion.com and follow the IWCUR Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram page to keep track of upcoming events and stay up to date on the latest news.

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THE HAGUE CITY BY THE SEA • CITY OF PEACE AND JUSTICE

10,000 – the number of people who “polar bear plunge” into the icy North Sea every New Year’s Day at the Scheveningen Beach

CITY BY THE SEA

1913 – the inauguration year of the Peace Palace in The Hague

The Hague is the only large Dutch city by the sea. Just a stone’s throw from the historic city centre, you’ll find an 11-kilometre-long beach. Step aboard a tram and within 15-minutes you can breathe in the fresh sea air, engage in seasports all year round, or dine by the beach in summer.

480 – the number of international organisations in The Hague and region 4 – the number of seasons where the weather is perfect for surfing 1 – the number of Kings living in The Hague The Hague distance to: Schiphol Amsterdam: 44 km • Rotterdam-The Hague Airport: 18 km • Stena Ferry to England: 20 km Population: 540.000 • International residents: 60.000 • International students: 10.000+ • Nationalities: 180

The Hague is a blend of modern skyscrapers and rich historical architecture, complete with white sandy beaches. A cosmopolitan city with a vibrant international community and a robust business climate. It’s the city where people enjoy quality of life while working towards a better world. Home to the Dutch royal family and the seat of the government, The Hague is where important decisions affecting the future of the country are made every day. This is why companies, students, embassies and nonprofit organisations choose to establish themselves here. Because in The Hague, you can expand your network, effect change, and make a difference in the world.

CITY OF PEACE AND JUSTICE The Peace Palace is at the centre of a robust Peace and Justice sector, where international governing bodies such as the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, and OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) also call home. Experts from all over the world converge here to work collectively to solve global problems, and tens of thousands of people work towards a more peaceful and just world. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSES Among the Dutch ministries, multinational organisations like Shell, Total, Siemens, Huawei, Aegon and the NN Group have also established headquarters in The Hague region. The close proximity facilitates connections between government agencies, commercial enterprises, knowledge institutions and NGOs; helping businesses to expand their network and build influence.

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GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR SECURITY, STARTUP, AND INNOVATION SECTORS

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The Hague Security Delta is a network of businesses, government bodies, and knowledge institutions that work together on knowledge development and innovation in security. They are among 400 organisations in the sector contributing to improving security around the globe. Many other organisations like The Hague Humanity Hub, The Hague Business Agency, and InnovationQuarter facilitate innovation through knowledge-sharing and collaboration, often offering tailor-made advice to companies considering to establish themselves in the region. Positioned to attract entrepreneurs, The Hague offers a lively start-up scene where the government helps nurture collaboration and co-creation through innovative programmes, and community-building, facilitated by organisations like Impact City. LIVING IN THE HAGUE Home to world-class museums and attractions and a popular venue for festivals and music events, The Hague has something to offer for every lifestyle! It is not unusual to combine a shopping spree with a visit to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, a picnic in the park, or a jaunt in the hidden Palace Garden. Even take a long walk in the dunes or in one of the many parks and urban oases scattered throughout the city.

With affordable homes and good accessibility, The Hague is a great place to live. The municipality consists of 44 different neighbourhoods and eight city districts, each with its own character and charm to suit every individual. Geuzen-en Statenkwartier, Wassenaar, Benoordenhout and Archipelbuurt/Willemspark are popular neighbourhoods among international residents. However, Zeeheldenkwartier and Regentessekwartier are also gaining popularity within the community. These neighbourhoods have their own active international community, though many internationals also opt to live in the surrounding municipalities like Delft, Leidschendam-Voorburg and Rijswijk. EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE The Hague has the highest concentration of international schools in the Netherlands with a large number of educational institutions which provide excellent study programmes in English, German or French. There are also many types of childcare options available for pre-schoolers and young children. Many of the international schools and billingual schools are highly acclaimed. While you are at work, you can be sure that your child is getting the best possible education and care.

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JOIN A COMMUNITY Many internationals have made The Hague their home. With a lively international community and a wide network of international clubs and associations, it is easy to find like-minded people. Join a community and make yourself at home in The Hague. Welcome to The Hague!

LINKS: • www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl • www.thehague.com • www.denhaag.nl/en • denhaag.com/en

SCHOOLS Government-funded international schools: • The European School of The Hague • The International School of The Hague • Haagsche Schoolvereeniging • International Waldorf School The Hague • International School Delft • Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oestgeest International School • Het Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar International School • Elckerlyc International School Independent international schools (private schools): • The American School of The Hague • The British School in the Netherlands Foreign national schools: • Deutsche Internationale Schule • Le Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh • Sekolah Indonesia

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THE SOUTH OF THE NETHERLANDS EINDHOVEN, MAASTRICHT, TILBURG

EINDHOVEN

West

Population: 234,401

The International School Eindhoven is located in Strijp.

Philips and Eindhoven go hand-in-hand but the city has a lot more to offer. The region accounts for around half of the country’s R&D (research and development) investment and is officially known as “Brainport”. Aimed to be among the top 10 regions by 2020 in terms of technology and economy, Eindhoven is a hub for start-up companies and employment opportunities. Because of 19th-century urban planning decisions, there are no canals, and pre1940 architecture was destroyed by wartime bombing. But over the years things have changed immensely and for the better. The city is well connected with the railway station close to the centre and the airport offers cheap international access from airlines like Transavia, RyanAir and WizzAir.

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The villages closely surrounding Eindhoven’s centre are popular with expat families. The International School is still within cycling distance, and the sense of community is greater. Nuenen was home to Vincent van Gogh (1883–1885) and the older centre stretches around a leafy village green. There’s some detached housing; outer areas are newer and mid-priced. Veldhoven is virtually a southwest suburb (the other side of the A2 from Eindhoven). Housing is modern and in a range of price bands. Best is a contemporary, well-planned village with good access, while more rural retreats can be found in Waalre, which is surrounded by large areas of forest. The twin towns of Son and Breugel are usually mentioned in a single breath, and popular with expats. Son has a pleasant old centre but the majority of housing is located in newer, greener (and more expensive) districts. Veldhoven offers various types of housing and lots www.hollandexpatcentersouth.com of green spaces.

People living in the centre have plenty of facilities, including a shopping mall and scores of international restaurants. Accommodation is pricey and popular with single expats and couples. The Philips Stadium, where PSV plays, is also located here. North (Woensel) The area north of the centre is divided by wide, tree-lined boulevards, and is mainly residential in nature. Housing is mostly newbuild, with apartments and terraced houses for all budgets. Woensel South is cheaper and there’s a great market for ethnic shopping.

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Situated around the Karpendonkse Lake and Eckart Forest, the area has a range of housing including some exclusive detached properties. South High Tech Campus Eindhoven is situated at Gestel along the preHistoric Village and the Tongelreep National Swimming Centre. Expats also gravitate towards Stratum, with its wide range of modestly priced to exclusive housing. Villages

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Population: 121,623

Population: 219,798

Maastricht is located in the very south of the Netherlands, but right in the heart of Europe, bordering to Germany as well as Belgium. Aachen, Cologne, Frankfurt, Brussels, Antwerp, Paris as well as Luxemburg are around the corner. Its impressive history is reflected in the historic centre and location along the Meuse river. In the hilly countryside new technologies on chemicals and new materials, life sciences and smart services are booming. The three Brightlands campuses in the region are at the heart of global innovation.

Tilburg is the sixth largest city in the Netherlands. It has a population of over 200,000, representing many nationalities. In recent decades, Tilburg has welcomed people from practically every country in Europe, and many beyond. All have brought their own culture and customs. The city authority considers it extremely important that everyone can feel at home in Tilburg. Tilburg is a particularly nice city in which to live and work. Tilburg has every possible amenity: from schools and colleges at all levels, high quality healthcare facilities, cultural institutions offering something for every taste, to open spaces for recreation. Ride a bike, since this is Tilburgs’main means of transport!

City Centre Historic buildings jostle with shops, cafes and restaurants. Encompassing the city walls, university buildings and the Stadspark, the Jekerkwartier has an artistic slant that entices creative types and students. Right Bank Across the river, Wyck is an upcoming district near to the train station and has a unique atmosphere that is filled with stylish shops and restaurants. Céramique, Maastricht’s newest district, offers modern accommodation favoured by expats who like inner city living with full amenities and services.

HART VAN BRABANT (HEART OF BRABANT) From the elevated sandy soils near Belgium, to the river beds of the Meuse and Walloon rivers, the Hart van Brabant (Heart of Brabant) region straddles a breath taking stretch of park-like landscapes. It is a region marked by the Burgundian lifestyle of the nine municipalities surrounding Tilburg, along the Leisure Boulevard from Hilvarenbeek to Heusden. It is a great place of work, live and enjoy life in a setting reputed for its logistics, health care, leisure economy and aeronautical and industrial maintenance.

Belvedere At less than 500 metres from Vrijthof Square, Market Square and the city centre, a new Maastricht district is being created: Belvédère. A district for young people, students, entrepreneurs, expats, creative artists and culture enthusiasts that offers many opportunities for experiments and temporary functions. Sint Pieter and surroundings A green residential area along Jeker valley and St Petersberg Hill, yet within walking distance to the centre or Belgium. International school • United World College: www.uwcmaastricht.com

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It is no coincidence, that those sectors are the focal points of Midpoint Brabant, an alliance in which administrators of the Hart van Brabant have joined forces with businesses and knowledge institutes. Entrepreneurs, educators and government are working together on Social Innovation – an approach to regional development unrivalled in Europe and attracting international attention.

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FINDING THE PERFECT HOME IS NOT EASY IN THE DENSELY POPULATED NETHERLANDS. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS • It’s a sellers’ market now in the Netherlands, and housing is in high demand.

FINDING A HOME

• Competition for housing in popular areas is fierce, so be ready to act, bid and sign quickly.

• Properties to rent (te huur) and to buy (te koop) can be found on online property portals and agency websites such as www.funda.nl and www.pararius.com, www.expatica.com, www.expatrentals.eu. • There are many agencies specialising in serving expats (be wary of those that charge a registration fee), which can steer a path through the local market. • You can contact an agent to help you out in the home finding process. They will actively search the market to find the property you are looking for. An agent that is working on your behalf will charge an agency fee. The going rate is a 1 months’ rent + 21% V.A.T. • If you find a rental property listed on any website yourself, then that agent is working on behalf of the owner, and for that, you are free of any agency fees or contract costs. But, it is recommended that you hire an agent yourself who can help you out with the rental contract and other issues. • Using a reputable agent, or agency, can help you to avoid renting an “illegal” apartment, a scam, a sub-lease, not getting back your deposit after check out, being bound by an unreasonable contract, or just over paying for a property. You can search all available agents in the market at www.housingagent.com. • Rental properties that have less than EUR 737.14 base rent (in 2020) will fall under social housing restrictions, and most will not qualify for these properties as they either earn too much or have no required link to the area.

• Expats are advised to buy only if they will be in the Netherlands for five years’ minimum. • If you stay in The Netherlands for just a couple of years, renting a property is a better option.

RENT OR BUY? • If you will live here for more than five years and paying EUR 2000 exclusive of utilities per month on your lease, you could be better off buying a property in the Netherlands. • Buyers who want to lease out their property in the future should make sure they are permitted to. Check the terms of your mortgage provider. • Only interest payments for full-repayment mortgages over 30 years are tax deductible, and the maximum tax rate for deductibility will be reduced by 0.5 percent per annum until 2040.

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• Housing corporations: A good value, but with many restrictions regarding who may live in their properties. Waiting lists of up to 10 years or more are not uncommon. Only those with a total income of less than EUR 39,055 (2020) and valid residency will be eligible. USING AN AGENT • Most expats end up renting accommodation in the Liberalised sector because there are fewer restrictions • A good housing agent should be able to tell you all about and housing is easier to rent. the local market, the city, pricing, quality of housing, restrictions that apply to expats, he/she will arrange RULES AND REGULATIONS viewings for you, negotiate with landlords, and provide an English translation of the rental contract. Helping you to • Base rents (kale huur) are controlled by a “system of connect with utilities services is also a standard service. points”, woningwaarderingsstelsel, • The number of points of the property determines the HOUSING SECTORS maximum rental price. Each part of the house receives points. For example: the surface of the dwelling, sanitary, 1. Social Housing sector: The dominant distribution sector heating system, the (WOZ) value of the property. • The reality is that there are too few rental properties, has rent-controlled social housing, and income status plays its part in allocation. Restrictions are applied by the which puts upwards pressure on some types of accommodation. Check what your property’s rent should local authority. Rental properties that have less than EUR 720.42 a month (in 2019) base rent will fall under social be at www.huurcommissie.nl. housing restrictions. • You’ve signed a rental contract and you pay way too 2. Liberalised sector: The government regulates basemuch money? Contact a local huurteam or initiate a review of your lease on www.huurcommissie.nl within six rents up to EUR 737.14 a month (2020) and anything over this price is in the “liberalised” sector (assuming it has months after signing the lease. • Generally, income conditions apply for cheaper housing. the correct points/price ratio), where rent prices are not restricted. • Be cautious of sub-lets. You need to be able to register yourself. • Social housing is split into two sectors, depending on whether the property is privately owned, or owned by a housing corporation (woning coöperaties).

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COSTS AND CONTRACTS Your rental contract should cover: • Status: is the property furnished, semi-furnished or empty? There may be an inventory and/or photos. • Duration of lease. • Notice period and stipulations about how notice should be provided. • Service charges (check “all-inclusive”. What portion is rent?). • Utilities (apportioned how?). If you agree to a monthly fee, including an advance for utilities, then make sure that utility use is metered for your property. Your landlord should show you an account (eindafrekening) of payments and real costs at least once a year. • A diplomatic clause if you have to leave because your employer has relocated you elsewhere. You need to be clear on when and how this clause can be used to allow you to escape your rental obligations. • Expect to pay one or two months of rent as deposit – one month’s rent in advance to the landlord, and one month’s rent if you use an agent.

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• Check the city housing department for more information about low-priced housing. • You can find useful internet sites for renting a room or student accommodation, like www.kamernet.nl.

Discuss your needs explicitly with your housing agent or relocation advisor. • Select one, at most two, agencies. Avoid engaging with too many agents for the same objective. • Arrange viewings three weeks before you need to move in, not earlier. • Be ready to move quickly. • If the agent commission seems too much, find property on your own, but be ready to put in lots of legwork. • Most of all, you will need luck, and timing is also important. • Post a notice in the housing section of expat forums. • Stay clear of anyone asking for a cash payment or cash commission. • Respond quickly to adverts and take someone along with you when viewing. • Always check that you can register with the BRP. • The standard NVM (Dutch estate agent association) contract has an English version for comparison.

SHORT-TERM HOUSING OPTIONS • Many cities in the Netherlands have aparthotels for corporate clients, which can sometimes be less anonymous and cheaper than hotels. • Websites aimed at tourists – like AirBnB – are great for a private apartment for a couple of months. • Short-stay regulations in Amsterdam make it “illegal” to rent the majority of properties for less than six months, but many properties are listed for less than six-month stays regardless. LIVING ON THE WATER

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BUYING • It is common to appoint a real estate agent, or a makelaar, to do much of the legwork. • A makelaar will track down appropriate houses, arranging viewings, suggesting areas where there’s room for negotiation, and advising on potential pitfalls. • A makelaar also knows which property will come on the market shortly. • The agent’s commission will be one up to two percent excl. 21 % V.A.T. of the purchase price. • You can hunt on Funda (www.funda.nl) to get ideas of prices in particular areas. • When buying, proximity to work, schools and amenities all play their part. • Be aware of the costs involved in renovating older property to current building standards or the quality required for renting. • For leasehold properties, check out the ground rents. • Tax is also levied on the deemed property value (WOZ), evaluated by the local municipality each year. • See www.nvm.nl for useful information in English.

IMPORTANT TERMS • Pre-sale agreement (koopovereenkomst): prepared by vendor’s agent or lawyer (notaris) with a 72-hour “cooling off” period. It will include details of when the 10 percent deposit should be paid, or when the bank guarantee has to be arranged. • Valuation (taxatierapport): designed for mortgage purposes; not a survey. • Transfer or conveyancing tax (overdrachtsbelasting): 2 percent of the purchase price. • Deed of transfer: transportakte. • Mortgage deed: hypotheekakte. • Agent commission: (makelaarscourtage): generally 1–2 percent, if applicable. A full structural survey is sensible; possibly fees for translation, plus 21% V.A.T. on the total. • Parental gift tax: In 2020 homebuyers can still receive up to roughly EUR 103,643 euros as a tax free gift to buy a property.

ARRANGING A MORTGAGE (HYPOTHEEK) There are many different types of mortgage and the tax issues are complex. The general conditions for a mortgage up to four or five times your salary are: • You have a permanent residence permit (depending on nationality and employment contract, this may not be applicable). • You have a permanent employment contract or a continuation statement from your employer. • If self-employed or a contractor, you have certified accounts for the last three years and forecasts for the following year. • Maximum mortgage obtainable is 100 percent of the house value. COSTS • The buyer generally pays costs (k.k. – kosten koper) but some costs are tax-deductible. • Allow for around 4 to 6 % on top of the purchase price. • Once your offer has been accepted, a written agreement is mandatory, and a 10 percent deposit should be paid. • Make sure your finances are in place first (ie. that a mortgage lender will lend the required amount). • On completion, both parties sign a transfer contract (akte van levering) and a notary must register the property at the Land Registry (www.kadaster.com). • Notary fees can range from EUR 1,000 to EUR 3,000, so it pays off to shop around. • An accredited interpreter must also be hired if one or more of the parties is not a Dutch citizen. • The whole process can take two to three months.

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SETTING UP HOME DUTCH REGULATIONS MAKE IT EASY FOR RESIDENTS TO CHOOSE AND CHANGE SUPPLIERS

UTILITIES

• Essent: www.essent.nl • Greenchoice: www.greenchoice.nl • Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij: www.nle.nl • Vattenfall www.vattenfall.nl • Oxxio: www.oxxio.nl

• If you are paying an inclusive rent, check your contract carefully for what is covered in the monthly sum. • In many cases, the utilities (gas, water and electricity) will already be connected to your home and you just need to transfer them into your name. • You can connect all your utilities online at www.mijnaansluiting.nl (in Dutch), or www.utility-provider.nl offers a free service to connect expats with the best deal (in English).

COMMUNICATIONS There is a huge range of options from many suppliers with combination deals for telephone (bellen), internet (surfen) and TV, charged under a single monthly fee.

WATER • There are two elements of water payments: a consumption charge based on actual water usage (which is estimated if you don’t have a meter) and a municipal tax for services (sewage, maintenance, etc.). • To see which water company covers your area, visit www.vewin.nl and enter your postcode in the box, or ask at your local gemeente. • Amsterdam: Waternet 0900 9394 • Den Haag/Leiden: Dunea 088 347 4747 • Rotterdam: Evides: 0900 0787 • Utrecht: Vitens 0900 0650 • North Holland: PWN Waterleidingbedrijf 0900 405 0700 ELECTRICITY AND GAS • The energy market is liberalised, so you are able to choose (or change) suppliers. • Energy companies now have “green” options, where energy is bought from alternative sources such as sun, wind, water and biomass. • The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (www.acm.nl) provides a list of gas and electricity suppliers on their website, or you can use their consuWijzer (www.consuwijzer.nl) to compare prices or seek advice. • On www.energievergelijken.nl, you can compare prices in English and connect your services online. MAIN SUPPLIERS: • Budget Energie: www.budgetenergie.nl • Engie Energie: www.engie-energie.nl • Eneco: www.eneco.nl • Energie Direct: www.energiedirect.nl SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2021 • THE NETHERLANDS • WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL

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• Post-boxes are orange and scattered throughout shopping TELEPHONES areas and neighbourhoods. On the post-box there are two • There are two main suppliers for landlines and phone slots: the right (streekpost) is for “local” delivery and you’ll connection via cable networks: KPN and Ziggo/Vodafone. see a list of postcodes that indicate the areas included; the • Often the easiest way to connect a landline is to visit a shop left (overige bestemmingen) is for everywhere else, including (winkel) of those suppliers with appropriate identification and international destinations. they can set it up, while some cable networks allow you to • PostNL aims to deliver locally within 24 hours, otherwise sign up online. spoedservice guarantees local delivery by 10am the next day • There are many additional services such as discounts for and next day delivery to Europe. favorite numbers, or combination deals with internet and TV. • See www.postnl.nl for online postal services, or call 0900 0990 (45ct) for customer service. MOBILE TELEPHONES • The cheapest deal for a mobile is via a contract (abonnementen) with one of the main suppliers. You can compare the latest rates on www.bellen.com (in Dutch). • You’ll need proof of identity, address, income and a bank account to sign a deal. A prepaid phone is more expensive but easier to get; you can top it up with cards from supermarkets. • If your phone is unlocked, you can buy a Dutch SIM card. Every phone has a unique IMEI serial number (enter *#06# to find out yours). You’ll need this when reporting a stolen phone. • Calling 0800 numbers are toll free, whereas 0900 numbers are charged (per call or minute, depending on the business). INTERNET • Connectivity in the Netherlands is among the highest and fastest in Europe. • ADSL and cable options are available, and can be combined with telephone and TV deals. • Fiber cable (glasvezel) is available, but you may need to get your building connected; carriers generally install it free. • Compare prices and packages at www.internetten.nl (in Dutch). It is possible to opt for a TV option from one supplier and telephone/internet from another.

FURNISHING YOUR HOME

The company Furniture Lease: Meubelverhuur can help you make your new house feel like home, with their furniture rental services. Hema (www.hema.nl) is a Dutch institution for all household matters. Blokker is cheap (www.blokker.nl) and Ikea (www.ikea.nl) has many branches across the country. USEFUL WEBSITES • Advice: www.access-nl.org • Film: www.filmladder.nl • Government: www.government.nl • News, information, community: www.Expatica.com • Opera: www.dno.nl • Restaurants: www.thefork.nl • Royal family: www.koninklijkhuis.nl • Telephone directory/Yellow pages: www.detelefoongids.nl • Tourism: www.holland.com • Weather: www.weeronline.nl • Website links (by category): www.startpagina.nl

TELEVISION • Cable TV is cheap and main providers include Ziggo/Vodafone and KPN. Included in the standard package are BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC World, and CNN alongside Dutch channels, which include the government-owned Nederland 1, 2 and 3 and RTL 4, 5, 7, and 8. You’ll also receive Veronica and Net 5 (quality films and drama including popular US serials), plus National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and popular children’s channels. Local TV channels are another option. • Subtitling, rather than dubbing, is used except for children’s TV. For more films, sport or other interests, you can select different options for extra payment. • You get a media box and then pay for your chosen option.

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FINANCE

MONEY MATTERS CAN BE COMPLEX, AND THE DUTCH TAX SYSTEM IS ANYTHING BUT SIMPLE. • Before you open a Dutch bank account, you should have no problem obtaining cash from an overseas account using an ATM. • If you want to exchange cash, services can be found at a GWK exchange office. • The Netherlands is on the euro, and paper denominations are EUR 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 (good to know: 100, 200 and 500 cannot be exchanged); coins come in denominations of EUR 1, EUR 2, and 0.05, 0.10, 0.20 and 0.50 eurocents. One and two euro cents have been discontinued. • All major credit cards are accepted but not everywhere. Hotels, restaurants, large department stores and tourist attractions present no problem, but you can’t use a credit card in the supermarket. • Cash is still widely used, but the most common method of payment is pinnen, using a debit card with a PIN code.

OPENING A DUTCH BANK ACCOUNT The main Dutch banks are: • ABN AMRO: www.abnamro.nl/en • ING Bank: www.ing.nl • Rabobank: www.rabobank.nl ABN AMRO has the most information in English online and a special International Clients Desk, but you should generally have no problem conducting business in English at any of them. At most banks’ you will also find financial providers aimed specifically at expat clients, with extensive English-language services. Documents generally required: • Valid ID, plus residence permit if applicable; • BSN burgerservicenummer, which you’ll get when you register with the BRP or direct from the tax office; • Proof of address (bevolkingsregister extract, utility bill, rental contract etc.).

If you want to open anything other than a savings only account you may also need evidence of income, such as an employment contract or a payslip. • The credit rating of new clients may be checked with the Central Credit Registration Office (BKR). An account can be opened in your name and your partner’s (they will also need identity documents). • A private bank account is a privérekening. Various cards are on offer but the bankpas is standard. At most banks your card will be send to your home. • A four-digit PIN code (pincode) will either be posted separately or given to you on pick up. At ABN AMRO it can also be changed at a bank. When you pay by pin, you swipe your card through the machine and punch in your fourdigit number. It’s the most common method of payment used in shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants.

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CREDIT CARDS • Credit cards are generally more expensive, which are encouraged to be paid of quickly. Most commercial banks use MasterCard or Visa – best for pre-existing users. INTERNET BANKING • Online banking is common in the Netherlands. • Pay bills directly or set up auto payments. Steps are in English but you can get a guide from the bank. OFFSHORE BANKING • This is an account held outside of your country of residence; offers benefits for those who wish to reduce tax liability. • Foreign banks are required to share account information of U.S. citizens with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) • Non-residents in Netherlands pay tax on Dutch-Sourced income. • U.S. citizens or green card holders with 30% ruling can be considered non-resident taxpayers – which brings extra offshore banking benefits. • Pensions, investments and savings with fixed or variable interest rates can be arranged through a bank or licensed independent financial adviser (IFA). • Risks in depositing offshore vary and should be consulted with an adviser to ascertain your “Risk Profile”. • TIP: Before choosing a bank, ask yourself which bank is my money in, who owns it, what is its credit worthiness, and which jurisdiction does it fall under?

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FINANCE

TAX • The Netherlands is a socially inclined regime; high taxation system is used and modifiable depending on your personal situation. • If filing taxes in your home country and the Netherlands is required, financial specialists can help as you enter these double taxation agreements. • The Ministry of Finance publishes a guide on the Dutch Taxation System (www.rijksoverheid.nl). The tax office is the Belastingdienst (www.belastingdienst.nl) and their website has information in English.

• Taxes are completed online, and must be filed in year of migration by July 1. • Tax returns are due April 1. • Use a digital signature, DigiD (www.digid.nl), or tax consultant to file a return. The DigiD is a personal login used for all government agencies. • Particularly in the year of arrival and the year of departure, filing a tax return may result in a substantial rebate. Tax returns can be completed retrospectively for a period of five years. • Resident taxpayers must show demonstrable ties to the Netherlands and taxed on worldwide assets. • Non-resident taxpayers are those who live abroad and receive taxable income. They can apply to be treated as residents for tax purposes, such as the 30 percent ruling

THE BOX SYSTEM • Different categories of income are treated differently for tax purposes on the tax return and there are three types of taxable income: • Box 1: Income from profits, employment and home ownership. This includes wages, pensions, social benefits, company car, and WOZ value of owner-occupied property (maximum 49,5 percent) • Box 2: Income from substantial shareholding (5 percent minimum holding – 25 percent rate)

Part

• Box 3: Taxable income from savings and investments. Income from property for instance, owned but not lived in as a main residence, is taxed here: not the actual income but the value of the asset (fictitious return: 4 percent taxed at 30 percent = 1.2 percent). Box 3 is divided in three parts: Calculating tax: the amount of tax payable is calculated by applying the various tax rates to the various taxable incomes in the boxes. The amount calculated is then reduced by one or more tax credits.

Your (part of the) basis savings and investments

Percentage 0,36%

Percentage 5,38%

Percentage average R.O.I

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Up to and incl. € 70,800

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FINANCE

MORTGAGES AND TAX IMPLICATIONS

TAX CREDITS AND ALLOWANCES

• All are entitled to general tax credit based on income and • When arranging a mortgage, look for the following: interest, cost of life insurance, savings plan and social security element. investment accounts. • Employers use this information for wage • When your interest rate comes up for renewal, it is withholding taxes. important to check that it is still competitive. • You can report other allowances when filing your return. PARTNERS

TAX IMPLICATIONS INCLUDE:

• Partners usually are taxed individually. • With one working partner, the other is entitled to tax credits as well. • Details are listed on www.belastingdienst.nl

• Interest payments are tax-deductible if the property is your primary residence and the loan is used for acquisition of the house. • There is no capital gains tax in the Netherlands but increases in the value may impact your mortgage relief if and when you use the profits to buy another house in the Netherlands. • Tax is levied on the deemed rental value of the house (WOZ) determined by the local authority. Expenses in financing the purchase of a house are tax-deductible. Remark about WOZ: value immovable property has nothing to do with the value in rented rate. Value in rented state is also much lower.

30 PERCENT RULING • This is the well-known tax incentive for employees recruited from abroad. • The ruling gives employer sum to cover up to 30 percent of sum of wages and allowances incurred by expat. • Applications (completed by both employer and employee) should be made to the Belastingdienst Limburg Kantoor Buitenland in Heerlen.

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INSURANCE • Insurance can be arranged through employer or private company, as well as stock market listed companies as Nationale Nederlanden. • Medical insurance is required by everyone, and selfemployed patrons must have a specific insurance. • National insurance schemes that are available for all residents are explained at www.svb.nl. HOUSE AND HOME INSURANCE (WOONHUISVERZEKERING) • Standard policies cover fire, storm, flooding and theft. • Houseboat owners come under separate conditions. • If buying an apartment, the Association of Owners (VVE) takes out house insurance that is paid together equally among other apartment owners in the building. CONTENTS INSURANCE • Annual household contents policy, known as inboedelverzekering, starts at EUR 20 depending on coverage. • Higher priced items are individually valued and insured separately. DRIVERS INSURANCE (ALLRISK VERZEKERING) • You must have at least third-party insurance for your car. • Insure Insurance policies includes theft, fire and damage/ injury to yourself and vehicle. LIFE INSURANCE • Life insurance is known as levensverzekering, and it is similar to schemes in most other countries. OTHER TYPES OF INSURANCE • Third-party liability insurance (aansprakelijkheidverzekering) protects individual goods damaged on accident; it usually comes in combo packages for homeowners or tenants. 50

• Legal insurance (rechtsbijstandverzekering) guarantees cheaper access to legal advice; protects against cost of lawsuits and personal and labour disputes. • The national association of insurers is Het Verbond van Verzekeraars (www.verzekeraars.nl) • If you need advice, call the Dutch Association of Insurers on (070) 333 85 00 or speak to your bank or financial advisor. BELASTINGDIENST • The website for the tax authority (www.belastingdienst.nl) has extensive information in English and downloadable forms and brochures. There are separate offices for resident and non-resident taxpayers. Call house are Monday to Thursday: 8am – 8pm, Friday: 8am – 5pm. DIGID • For electronic tax filing and other official forms, you need a DigiD registration number. • The website www.digid.nl has an English section. GOVERNMENT • The Ministry of Finance provides details of the Dutch Government’s financial policies including the 30 percent facility at www.rijksoverheid.nl. CUSTOMS • The Belastingdienst webpage www.douane.nl has extensive information in English regarding duties payable and procedures for individuals and businesses. If you move to the Netherlands from outside the EU or if you wish to bring your car, you can download an application form from the website for exemptions on “removable goods”.

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THE NETHERLANDS IS COMMITTED TO CHOICE IN EDUCATION.

• The OECD international rankings for school systems puts the Netherlands as one of the highest in performance. • The Dutch rank highly in many fields of education. Over 48% of Dutch 25-34 year hold a degree in higher education, which is significantly higher than the OECD average of 44%. • The Netherlands is among the world’s top countries for equity in education opportunities. • Children of all nationalities are (under a learning obligation) at 5 years old for 12 years of full-time education, and one or two years part-time (until achieving a diploma). • Less than 1% of the 1.5 million primary school children attends a private (fee-paying) Dutch school.

CHOOSING A SCHOOL

APPLYING FOR A SCHOOL

• International education is available at both state-funded and private schools throughout the country, and nineteen primary schools have implemented bilingual education. • More than 1.150 primary schools in the Netherlands offer English classes from group 1 (age 4), and about another further 119 teach German, French or Spanish. From group 7 (age 10) all schools are obliged to teach English as a subject. • Schools following particular religious or pedagogic principles have had equal state funding as public schools since 1917.

• Every city/town has its own school application policy. Inquire as soon as you can with the municipality and/or school of your preference how it works in your area. • In most cities the schools work with a waiting list and you’ll need to sign up as soon as possible. Some cities, like Amsterdam, Haarlem and The Hague, have a different policy; a school lottery. • Openbare schools (which are run by a foundation that has originally been set up by the municipality) are technically not allowed to refuse admission, unless full. • On the schools’ websites they announce when you can visit the school (open LOCAL OR INTERNATIONAL? day/info session). Most schools don’t give private appointments. • Your finances, location, the age of your • On www.scholenopdekaart.nl (in Dutch) children, and how long you are likely to you can find more information about stay in the Netherlands are factors to the schools, as well as their results. consider when selecting a school. Here you can also find a link to the • Many companies reimburse international school inspection reports. The visual school fees as part of your relocation representation of green (good), orange package, and reimbursement could be (weak), and red (very weak) will give exempt from income tax. some idea of performance. Note that • TIP: While teenagers might appreciate this applies to state-funded schools and the educational and social continuity Dutch international schools only. There provided by an international school, is no official ranking of schools. younger children might get a greater sense of belonging by attending a local school if you plan to stay for a while. SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2021 • THE NETHERLANDS • WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL

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INTERNATIONAL TOP-LEVEL EDUCATION

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AMSTERDAM INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL We are a Primary and Secondary school offering international education in English. We cater for students aged 4-19 and offer a highly reputable school programme called the International Baccalaureate (IB). Our school strongly believes in high quality and accessible education and we are able to offer our programmes at a highly competitive rate. We now have three campuses in the Amsterdam area. • The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for children aged 16-19 years • The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) for children aged 11-15 years • The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for children aged 4-10 years • Dutch language lessons AICS Main Campus (Amsterdam Zuid)

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The International School Hilversum is an internationally oriented school with over three decades of experience in international and bi-lingual education. We are a small, friendly yet professional international community of 830 students and 93 staff members. Coordinated programmes for 4-18 year olds: • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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• Primary and secondary state-funded education is free, State-run (openbare) schools parents are asked to contribute a voluntary amount that varies from school to school (usually below 100 euros • Openbare schools (non-denominational) provide secular per year). education, but sometimes teach according to specific • Additional payments can include school trips, lunchtime philosophic or pedagogic principles like Montessori, supervision (tussenschoolse opvang) and after-school care Dalton, Waldorf/Steiner, etc. (naschoolse opvang/BSO), (which the school usually sub- • Openbare schools are governed by the municipal council contracts to an external day care organisation). or a public legal entity or independent foundation originally set up by the council. EDUCATION POLICY Special (bijzondere) schools • The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science sets quality • Most special (bijzondere) schools are denominational standards, attainment targets and social objectives. (Catholic, Protestant, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, etc.), or follow • Individual schools “fill in the details” of the curriculum and specific philosophic principles. budget allocation. • Special (bijzondere) schools are governed by their own • Education policy includes bilingual opportunities, connecting education with the job market, global school board, which often consists of parents or the citizenship, and maintaining the quality of schools. foundation that set them up. • Financially, they have the same status as openbare schools and are basically free (usually their parent contribution is SCHOOL HOLIDAYS slightly higher compared to the openbare schools). • Major holidays for Dutch schools are set nationally, but with staggered start/finish times between three regions. International schools The summer vacation lasts for six weeks, and after every 6-7 weeks of school, the students have 1-2 weeks off. • International schools offer education for global students • Private international school holidays can be of any nationality. different. For school holidays per region, look at • Dutch International Primary Schools (DIPS) and Dutch www.schoolvakanties-nederland.nl/ (in Dutch). International Secondary Schools (DISS) also have international education at reasonable fees thanks to SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2021 • THE NETHERLANDS • WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL

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government subsidies – made for non-Dutch families living temporarily in the Netherlands and Dutch families returning from, or preparing for, an overseas assignment. • These schools offer the International Primary Curriculum (4 to 11 years), the IGCSE (11 to 16 years), or the International Baccalaureate programmes at primary (4 to 11 years) and middle years’ level (11 to 16 years). All DISS teach the IB-Diploma programme (16 to 19 years). • A new curriculum, IBCP, offers a career-related alternative to the IB-DP in the final years (www.ibo.org). • Private International schools: These schools teach an international curriculum, or a specific country’s national curriculum: American, British, French, German, Japanese, Indonesian, etc. Their fees are much higher compared to the subsidised international schools. SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS • The national “Appropriate Education” (Passend Onderwijs) policy is designed to enable as many children with minor learning difficulties as possible to be educated in mainstream schools. • Additionally, there are dedicated schools for children who have more severe or complicated learning difficulties. • Lighthouse Special Education in The Hague caters to international special needs children providing extensive assistance in English. Entry is by referral.

PASSIONATE ABOUT LEARNING The International School Haarlem offers a positive learning environment where students (4-18 years) are encouraged to realise their full potential. Through internationally respected and recognised programmes we involve our students in meaningful learning. International School Haarlem info@internationalschoolhaarlem.nl www.internationalschoolhaarlem.nl

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DUTCH PRIMARY EDUCATION (PRIMAIR ONDERWIJS/PO OR BASISONDERWIJS) • Children usually start school the day after their 4th birthday. • There are eight years of primary schooling: “Group 1” upon entry, moving up a group every year. • Based on various factors including the pupil’s test scores from past years, intelligence, attitude towards learning, eagerness to learn, interests, and motivation, the group 8 teacher assesses what level of secondary school education would fit each pupil best. • Later in the year, the pupils take the “End Test for Primary Education”, a standardised aptitude test consisting of questions testing Dutch language and comprehension skills, mathematics, study skills, and (optionally) world orientation; a combination of history, geography, biology and world religions. • All primary schools are obliged to take part in one the five available end tests. • The assessment of the teacher is the decisive factor for referral to secondary education.

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The State Exams Nt2 are the national language proficiency exams for nonnative adult speakers, who want to study or work in the Netherlands. The diploma State Exams Nt2 is officially recognized by the government.

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• Most secondary schools combine multiple levels in the first year (brugklas). • VMBO: A four-year prep school for vocational secondary education. Those who achieve the highest level (theoretische leerweg) can enter HAVO studies in the 4th year. They must continue studying until age 18, or until they obtain a basic qualification (minimum MBO level 2). • MBO: Secondary vocational education. MBO programmes vary from one to four years. If a student has successfully completed the Dutch VMBO, or the international middle school programmes IGCSE, or IB-MYP, but is not admitted to the IB-Diploma Programme, the MBO can prepare pupils for work or University of Applied Sciences (HBO) if level 4 is achieved. A number of English-language programmes are offered. • HAVO (five years): Senior general secondary education. Provides entrance to University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool/HBO), or 5VWO. • VWO (six years): Pre-university education. Prepares students for academic studies at a research university (WO). VWO schools can be athenaeum, or gymnasium, the main difference being that Ancient Greek, Latin and Classical Studies are core subjects in gymnasium programmes. BILINGUAL EDUCATION (TWEETALIG ONDERWIJS TTO)

HIGHER EDUCATION • Third-level education is offered at a vocational level (HBO, a “university of applied sciences” or hogeschool) and at an academic level (WO, at a universiteit). • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are available at both HBO and WO institutions, but only universities offer PhD programs. Nuffic (Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education; www.nuffic.nl) includes extensive information about the Dutch higher education system. • There is a small, third branch of higher education offering international education (IE), comprising advanced courses suited to international students. • Institutions are either government-funded, or governmentapproved. HBO • Nearly half a million students are enrolled at “universities of applied sciences” or hogescholen/HBO that provide practical-based four-year programs. • Here, students prepare for particular professions in one of seven sectors: agriculture & food, natural sciences & technology, economics, business administration & law, healthcare, fine & performing arts, education/teacher training and social studies. • For more information visit www.hbo-raad.nl.

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• There are over 130 schools with a TTO bilingual stream, most of them being offered at VWO level. Only students that master the Dutch language at an appropriate level will be admitted. More information you can find on the Nuffic website.

• English is a compulsory subject at all secondary schools. VMBO pupils study one modern language, and HAVO/ VWO pupils at least two. Other core areas include Dutch, mathematics, history, humanities, sports, arts and sciences. • Like primary schools, some secondary schools are based on a religion, or an educational philosophy.

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WO (UNIVERSITY - UNIVERSITEIT) • There are over a dozen government-funded research universities offering international degrees and short courses via intensive, academic studies (visit www.studyin.nl). • University programmes consist of a Bachelor’s or undergraduate phase lasting three years. • A master’s or graduate degree takes between one to two years. • More than 2,100 programmes are taught entirely in English, see https://www.studyinholland.nl/dutch-education/findstudy-programmes. • Many Dutch universities have partner institutions in other countries, so students can study part of their course abroad. COSTS • Fees depend on your nationality and age. • The fee for EU/EEA nationals is set by the Dutch government (just over €2,000 per annum). Most students get a 50% discount on the fees for their first year of study. Students of the teacher training school also get 50% discount on the 2nd year of their study. • Tuition fee loans are available. • The fees at private institutions can be substantially higher.

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• Contact the institutions – they will specify what education qualifications are required for admission. A quota system is in place for oversubscribed courses; here students are selected based on the criteria set by the university. • You can apply online for third-level courses that are subsidised by the Dutch Ministry of Education through www.studielink.nl. QUALIFICATION ACCREDITATION • Diplomas and certificates awarded abroad need to be accredited by the Dutch authorities. (Often the school where you have applied takes care of this). The IDW Internationale Diplomawaardering (www.idw.nl) also offers this service for a fee. • Non-native English speakers are required to pass an English language test at a specified level, most commonly the TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Test. EDUCATION LINKS Information on the Dutch education system • Ministry of Education, Culture and Science • www.government.nl/ocw Independent education consultant for international families in the Netherlands (both Dutch and international schools) • New2nl, Annebet van Mameren, www.new2nl.com • Helpdesk for International Education in the Netherlands • Educaide, Willemijn van Oppen Stuyt, www.educaide.nl • Stichting Internationaal Onderwijs, Foundation for International Education in the Netherlands • www.sio.nl • Expat Special Educational Needs Group in The Netherlands • www.eseng.nl • Dutch immersion/newcomer classes (for non-Dutch speaking children aged 6+) • www.lowan.nl • Primary schools which teach foreign languages from an early age (VVTO schools): www.earlybirdie.nl and www. nuffic.nl/onderwerpen/vroeg-vreemdetalenonderwijs-vvto • Bilingual pilot schools at primary level (TPO): www.nuffic. nl/onderwerpen/tweetalig-primair-onderwijs (17 in total in the whole country) • Bilingual schools at secondary level (TTO): www.ikkiestto.nl

• Ask about the average class sizes. The smaller the class size (generally), the higher the fee. • Universities often provide beginner Dutch classes for nonstudents, although, as you would expect, a certain level of academic ability is required to keep up. • Homework is an essential part of the learning progress. • Some organisations fund language lessons as part of relocation, which might also include lessons for partners. TIPS FOR LEARNING DUTCH • Read with attention: Start with Dutch newspaper headlines and try to figure out what they mean. Later on, read articles and check out the verbs in the article. What tense is being used? What is the infinitive? Is it a regular or irregular verb? • Listen with attention: Watch TV or movies with Dutch subtitles. If you watch TV, you could use Teletekst 888 or NPO Start for Dutch subtitles. • Learn new words: Write new words on a post-its and place them strategically around your space. Note if nouns are “het” or “de” words. • Practice whenever you can: In emails, WhatsApp or spoken conversations use the Dutch you know, however little. If you have a Dutch partner, agree that you speak in Dutch only at least 10 minutes a day. Or that your partner speaks Dutch and you answer in your mother tongue. • Use the internet: There are plenty of useful and free sites you can use to help you progress. For instance: www.taalklas.nl, www.dutchgrammar.com or www.schooltv.nl/beeldbank. https://jeugdjournaal.nl (children’s news) is also a good resource for the Dutch news, explained in easier language.

Higher education in the Netherlands www.studyinholland.nl • www.nuffic.nl/en Information on studying and funding www.duo.nl/particulier/international-visitor/index.jsp Portals for vocational training www.s-bb.nl/en • www.mboraad.nl/english Masters / PhDs www.mastersportal.eu • www.phdportal.eu Online applications www.studielink.nl Non-Dutch diploma evaluation www.idw.nl LEARNING DUTCH • Learning Dutch is a crucial step to integration in the Netherlands and part of the immigration and integration (inburgering) procedure. • Europeans are not obliged to follow the inburgering procedure. • There is a wide choice of commercial language courses on offer to suit individual needs and budgets, with courses ranging from “Dutch for Au Pairs” to more intensive NT2 (Nederlands als Tweede Taal) classes.

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WEBSTER LEIDEN CAMPUS Boommarkt 1, 2311 EA, Leiden • +31(0) 71 5168000 • admissions@webster.nl • www.webster.nl •  @WULeiden • Instagram @websterleiden •  @webster-university---leiden

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS AMITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AMSTERDAM Amsterdamseweg 204, 1182 HL Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 345 44 81 • enquiries@amity.amsterdam • www.amityschool.nl •  @AmitySchoolNL AMSTELLAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Asserring 93, 1187 SM Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 820 9091 • www.amstelland-international-school.nl

LANGUAGE SCHOOLS

HAAGSCHE SCHOOLVEREENIGING We are one school with four locations, a Pre-School and a Special Education school. International Education - NSL Nassaulaan 26, 2514 JT The Hague • +31 70 318 4950 International Education - KSS Koningin Sophiestraat 24A, 2595 TG The Hague • +31 70 324 3453 International Education - VHS van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 70 205 1141 International Special Education - Lighthouse van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 70 205 1141 International Pre-School Education – Three Little Ships van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 70 205 1141 International Education - VNS van Nijenrodestraat 16, 2597 RM The Hague • +31 70 328 1441 • ldean@hsvdenhaag.nl • www.hsvdenhaag.nl

DUTCH COURSES AMSTERDAM KATAKURA WBLC Havikshorst 30, 1083 TT Amsterdam • Egelantiersstraat 126, 1015 PR Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 21530814 • katakurawblc@gmail.com • www.katakura-wblc.nl •  @DutchCoursesKatakura

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE AMSTERDAM Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam • +31 20 523 07 42 • comm@afamsterdam.nl • www.afamsterdam.nl/en/ • AMSTERDAM INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL  @Alliance Française Amsterdam • Instagram @alliancefrancaiseamsterdam • Main Campus: Prinses Irenestraat 59, 1077 WV Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 577 1240  @Alliance Française Amsterdam South East Campus: Darlingstraat 2, 1102 MX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 723 5280 DIRECT DUTCH INSTITUTE Primary School AICS Satellite: Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 130, 1082 LP Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 275, 2593 BS Den Haag • +31 (0)70 365 4677 • Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 723 4830 infosatellite@aics.espritscholen.nl • info@directdutch.com • www.directdutch.com www.aics.espritscholen.nl

DUTCH COURSES AMSTERDAM Postjesweg 57, 1057 DW Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 54992219 • www.dutchcoursesamsterdam.nl •  @DutchCoursesAmsterdam DUTCH FIRST Niasstraat 1, 3531 WR Utrecht • +31 (0)30 29 19 884 • info@dutchfirst.nl • www.dutchfirst.nl •  @dutchfirst FLORENCIUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL De Savornin Lohmanlaan 2, 1181 XM Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 640 81 18 • info@florencius.nl • www.florenciusinternationalschool.nl •  @florenciusinternationalschool • Instagram @florenciusinternationalschool •  @Florencius B.V.

HAARLEMMERMEER LYCEUM Baron de Coubertinlaan 2, 2134 CH Haarlem • +31 (0)23 563 1644 • info@haarlemmermeerlyceum.nl • www.haarlemmermeerlyceum.nl •  @haarlemmermeerlyceumtto •  @haarlemmermeerlyceum

FLOWENTLY PRIVATE AND IN-COMPANY DUTCH COURSES, LIVE AND ONLINE LESSONS Azartplein 79, 1019 PB Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 4133 9323 • info@flowently.com • www.flowently.com •  @flowently

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL EERDE (K-12; ALSO BOARDING) Kasteellaan 1, 7731 PJ Ommen • +31 (0)529 451 452 • info@eerde.nl • www.eerde.nl •  @ISEerde INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL HAARLEM Primary dept. : Schreveliusstraat 27, 2014 XP Haarlem Primary Department- Upper primary: Oorkondelaan 65, 2033 MN Haarlem Secondary Department: Oorkondelaan 65, 2033 MN Haarlem +31 (0)23 220 0001 • info@internationalschoolhaarlem.nl •  @internationalschoolhaarlem

HELPDESK STATE EXAMS DUTCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Valckenierstraat 65, 1018 XE Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 525 38 44 • marianne.vanderlinden@itta.uva.nl • www.staatsexamensnt2.nl LANGUAGE INSTITUTE REGINA COELI B.V. Martinilaan 12, 5262 BR Vught • +31 (0)73 684 8790 • hello@reginacoeli.nl • www.reginacoeli.com •  @ReginaCoeliNL NEDLES Derde Oosterparkstraat 271, 1092 EA Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 846 0011 • info@nedles.nl • www.nedles.com •  @nedlesnl • Instagram @nedles_learndutch •  @NedLes

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL HILVERSUM ALBERDINGK THIJM (Primary & Secondary school) • Emmastraat 56, 1213 AL Hilversum • +31 (0)35 SKYPELANGUAGESCHOOL.NET 672 9931 • www.ishilversum.nl •  @ishilversum Rainstrasse 79, 8143 Stallikon, Switzerland • +31 (0)6 554 70051 • INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL UTRECHT info@skypelanguageschool.net • www.skypelanguageschool.net • Van Bijnkershoeklaan 8, 3527 XL Utrecht • 0031 (0)30 870 0400 •  @skypelanguageschool.net • Instagram @skype_languageschool • info@isutrecht.nl • www.isutrecht.nl • Instagram @isutrecht •  @isutrecht •  @skype-language-school  @isutrecht •  International School Utrecht TAALHUIS AMSTERDAM INTERNATIONAL WALDORF SCHOOL THE HAGUE (IWSTH) Sint Nicolaasstraat 59, 1012 NJ Amsterdam • Muiderstraat 24, 2e Messtraat 31, 2586 XA Den Haag • +31 (0)70 7830030 • info@iwsth.org • 1011 RC Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 14 303 131 • info@taalhuisamsterdam.nl • www.internationalwaldorfschool.nl •  @IWSTH • Instagram @international_ www.taalhuisamsterdam.nl •  @taalhuisamsterdam • Instagram @taalhuis waldorf_school •  @international-waldorf-school-the-hague TAALTHUIS OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL +31 (0)23 3050 305 • info@taalthuis.nl • www.taalthuis.nl •  @taalthuis Waddenweg 87, 2134 XL Hoofddorp • +31 (0)23 3035924 • info@optimist-international-school.nl • w.optimist-international-school.nl UvA TALEN LANGUAGE CENTRE Roetersstraat 25, 1018 WB Amsterdam • +31 20 525 4637 • •  @optimist.international.school • Instagram @optimist_international_school •  @Optimist International School trainers@uvatalen.nl • www.uvatalen.nl • www.thelanguageacademy.nl •  @uvatalen @thelanguageacademyNL SUPREME COLLEGE NEDERLAND RIJSCHOLEN Koning Willemstraat 1, 1901 CA Castricum • +31 (0)251 652571 • info@supremecollege.nl • www.supremecollege.nl • RIJSCHOOL DEKKER  @supremecollegenederland Hertogstraat 38, 5611 PB Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 444 44 44 • THE BRITISH SCHOOL OF AMSTERDAM (K-12) info@rijschooldekker.nl • www.rijschooldekker.nl •  @rijschooldekker • Early Years & School Office: Anthonie van Dijckstraat 1, 1077 ME Amsterdam Instagram @rijschooldekkereindhoven • +31 (0)20 679 7840 • Infant School: Jan van Eijckstraat 21, 1077 LG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 3060 • Junior & Senior School: Fred. Roeskestraat 94a, 1076 ED Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 0183 • info@britams.nl • www.britams.nl •  @BritishSchoolofAmsterdam

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FAMILIES

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• The applications for both the entry visa (MVV) and residence permit are streamlined into one Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV), which can be granted before arrival. • Family immigration policies have been reformed, making it easier and less costly. • Partners or relatives can apply for permits on behalf of family member(s) who live abroad. • Partners do not need to be married to receive residency (under certain conditions).

• Any family members not an EU/EEA/ Swiss national? Submit a mandatory “verification against EU law” to the IND for a certificate of lawful residency good for five years. • Visit www.ind.nl for conditions.

• If you, along with your family, come to the Netherlands as a highly skilled worker, your contract will be sufficient to meet the requirements regardless of the length of employment.

NON-EU/EEA/SWISS NATIONALS

AU PAIRS

• Bringing an au pair to the • Non-EU/EEA must have their own, Netherlands? One of the key separate, residence permit. • This application fee depends on your rules is that the au pair cannot personal situation and permit type. have previously worked for your family abroad. • TIP: Partners and family members EU/EEA/SWISS NATIONALS AND • Only a recognised au pair agency generally receive the same FAMILY MEMBERS can submit a permit application on conditions as the relative they are behalf of an au pair. joining in the Netherlands. • Register in the Municipal Personal • Rates are subject to frequent change, • Au pairs can stay in the Netherlands Records Database (BRP) and get your so it is best to refer to www.ind.nl. for one year as a “cultural exchange” social number (BSN). who cannot work outside his or her agreed au pair duties. • Next, make sure you have all the SIGNIFICANT CONDITIONS • No previous Dutch residence permit paperwork together: passports, for exchange purposes can be on a marriage certificate and birth • Want to bring a family member to certificates with an Apostille stamp the Netherlands? Sponsor them: your record if wanting to au pair. (if required from your country). Work sign a declaration, meet certain • An au pair must be over 18 and permits are not required. obligations, and prove you can under 31 and cannot be a family member in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree. • And be sure those paperwork support your spouse or relative documents are translated into Dutch, (www.ind.nl has a table of required English, French or German. income levels). • It is important to visit the IND website (www.ind.nl) for the most recent changes in rules and permit feed.

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• Light, domestic duties in exchange for bed and board are the norm. Eight hour work day are the maximum (30 hours per week), with two days off weekly. • As a sponsor, have sufficient income to support family and au pair. And make a daily schedule for the au pair agreed upon in writing. • https://ind.nl/en/exchange/Pages/Au-pair.aspx has a list of conditions for au pairs who wish to come to the Netherlands, as well as conditions for what an au pair is allowed to do.

CHILDCARE ALLOWANCE

• Parents working (or studying) in the Netherlands are entitled to the childcare allowance (kinderopvangtoeslag) for children under 12 to help cover the cost of childcare, and can reduce costs up to 93 percent depending on income and number of children. See more info at www.svb.nl. • Childcare allowance depends on a household’s (joint) income. • Childcare allowance for high-income households CHILD BENEFIT is capped at a certain percent of costs, depending on income. • Parents living or working in the Netherlands with children • Parents must be employed (or studying) to claim allowances. under 18 are entitled to the kinderbijslag, a quarterly contribution to the cost of raising children from the • The childcare centre or childminding agency must be Sociale Verzekerings Bank (SVB). registered in www.landelijkregisterkinderopvang.nl. In • The amount depends on age, special needs, etc., but is case of childminding services, the childminder must be registered as well. not income-related. • This contribution can sometimes be paid into a foreign • In the event of sickness, holiday, parental leave, extra training or part-time unemployment benefit, the number bank account (see www.svb.nl for a list of offices) or hours “worked” remains unchanged, as does the CHILDCARE (KINDEROPVANG) number of hours of childcare allowance granted. • Childcare allowance is also capped to a set of maximum hourly rates (230 hours max per month), depending It is never too early to register your child for day care, for on the type of care. Both can be calculated on the instance, when you are pregnant. Government policy can be government site www.government.nl. found on www.rijksoverheid.nl (in Dutch). • Parents cannot claim allowances if they look after each CHILDCARE OPTIONS other’s children or if relatives provide care. • You have the nationality of an EU country, Liechtenstein, • Kinderdagverblijf day care for children aged six weeks to Norway, Iceland or Switzerland. Are you from another four years old. Search online for kinderdagverblijven in country? In that case, you need a valid residence permit your area and orientate based on the websites. Always or work permit. bring a visit to the kinderdagverblijf or give the customer service a call. Urban areas have a shortage so expect long FUN TIPS FOR FAMILIES waiting lists. • Get out and about! There are many playgrounds tucked • Out of school care: day care centres that provide Buitenschoolse Opvang for children up to 12 years old. between the houses, streets and shops. • Fun for free – visit a children’s farm or kinderboerderij. • Private day care: In large cities, private facilities offer These city farms often have educational and recreational flexible options up to 24-hour care, international activities during the week. nurseries and pre-school establishments. Note that • Cultural fun – There are over 1500 museums in the private day care falls mostly outside the childcare law Netherlands. Dutch museums often have audio guides for (wet Kinderopvang), so special childcare allowance is kids available in several languages and have special tours not applicable. for children, as for instance Rijksmuseum and Muiderslot. • Pre-school/playgroups (peuteropvang): pre-school/ playgroups aimed at helping to prepare children aged • Hit the beach – the Netherlands has 451 kilometres of coastline accessible by car, bike, boat and between 2/2,5 and 4 years old for their transition into public transport. primary school (this varies per city). Focus is on child development. A child can usually attend a peuteropvang • Dutch theme parks – De Efteling is a huge park offering exciting rides for older kids and a Disneyfor three hours per day, either two or four times a week. esque experience with folkloric touches for Working parents can receive the kinderopvangtoeslag, younger ones. More theme parks can be found towards the cost of peuteropvang (conditions apply, see at www.pretparkennederland.nl. Childcare allowance). • Activities overview - Good sites for finding out more about children’s activities include “away with children” (www.wegmetdekids.nl) and “out with children” (www.uitmetkinderen.nl).

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PARTOU KINDEROPVANG Sportlaan 1, 4131 NN Vianen • +31 (0)88 235 7550 • klantenservice@partou.nl • www.partou.nl •  @partou.kinderopvang • Instagram @partou-bv

CHURCH CROSSROADS INTERNATIONAL CHURCH +31 (0)20 545 14444 • info@xrds.nl • www.xrds.nl •  @Crossroads International Church • Instagram @XRDS Church •  @Crossroads International Church UTE’S INTERNATIONAL LOUNGE Aagje Dekenkade 2, 2251 ZV Voorschoten • +31 06 50601984 • info@UtesInternationalLounge.com • www.utesinternationallounge.com •  @UtesInternationalLounge • Instagram @utesintlounge •  @Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold

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SPECIAL NEEDS A WIDE ARRAY OF ORGANISATIONS ASSIST PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN THE NETHERLANDS.

EDUCATION

• The Netherlands has legislation protecting the rights of people with a physical, mental, emotional, or sensory impairment that ensures equal access to social, economic and transport systems and encourages full participation in society. TRANSPORT • Old Dutch cities with narrow, uneven streets and bikes parked everywhere are not brilliant terrain for those in wheelchairs, but access is improving. • Help is available getting to/through Schiphol airport (www.schiphol.nl) and railways (www.ns.nl), and the railway company NS has a bureau for disabled travellers (call 030 235 7822 or register online) to request journey assistance. • Your gemeente site will give local information, often in English, for the location of disabled parking places and other access issues, or look up zorg en welzijn and gehandicapten.

• Children are encouraged to attend mainstream primary schools under the “Going to school together” policy. • The Inclusive Education Act (Wet Passend Onderwijs) requires all schools to provide equal learning opportunities for every child. • Parents can opt for a special school, whether a speciaal basisonderwijs (SBO) for learning and behavioural support or a speciaal onderwijs at both primary (SO) and secondary (VSO) for specific special needs. • The language of instruction is Dutch, but children from a non-Dutch background can sometimes be taught in their mother tongue to help them settle in. • You will find Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers at international schools where the language of instruction will be English, but you may have to fund the assistant. • The school of their choice – special or mainstream – will receive funding to cater for their needs, and the school will arrange assistance as required. • For higher education, “education and disability” visit (www.onderwijsenhandicap.nl).

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FUNDING

ASSISTANCE ORGANISATIONS (LINKS MOSTLY IN DUTCH)

• There is also financial support for individual families, such as additional child benefit, healthcare and carer allowances, and adaptations to home or transport. • Search the government welfare site www.svb.nl to see if you qualify for a carer’s allowance (TOG) or a personal budget (PGB) to cover support costs.

• ANGO: General Dutch Disability Organisation +31 (0)33 465 4343 • www.ango.nl • MEE: Support and help for living with a disability +31 (0)900 999 88 88 • www.mee.nl • Ieder(in): Network for the chronically ill and disabled +31 (0)30 720 0000 • www.iederin.nl • Accessibility Foundation: Accessible internet for all +31 (0)30 239 82 70 • www.accessibility.nl • Valys: Regional assisted transport +31 (0)900 9630 • www.valys.nl • Handilinks: A useful portal with lots of related links www.handilinks.nl • Dutch Autism Network: www.landelijknetwerkautisme.nl • Down Syndrome Foundation (SDS): www.downsyndroom.nl • Deaf/blind support: www.doofblind.nl • Children/teenagers support: www.nsgk.nl

GOING OUT AND HOLIDAYS • A combination of wheelchair accessible activities and accommodation can be found at www.accessibletravelnl.com, and restaurants from several sites (for example, www.thefork.nl). • Good sources for sporty types include Stichting Resa (www.stichtingresa.nl) or www.fondsgehandicaptensport.nl. • Amsterdam has a dedicated site detailing accessible buildings: www.clientenbelangamsterdam.nl • Some campsites such as De Ruimte (www.campingderuimte.nl) cater especially for children with special needs. • Find out about accessible nature reserves and recreation areas at Staatsbosbeheer (www.staatsbosbeheer.nl). • For farther travels, organised group trips are available at www.buitengewoonreizen.nl. • Accessible Travel Netherlands (www.accessibletravelnl.com) is a local tour operator specialising in holidays for anyone with special access needs. IANAT. SG adv. 60x90 mm.pdf

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HEALTHCARE YOU CAN BE ASSURED THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE HIGH QUALITY HEALTHCARE IN THE NETHERLANDS. HOWEVER, SOME THINGS MAY BE ARRANGED IN A DIFFERENT WAY THAN YOU ARE USED TO.

CORONA

• Some doctors will refuse registers because their practices are already full or if you live too far from the practice. • Healthcare providers have special Covid-19 protocols, that Sometimes they will place you on a waiting list. you need to follow. • You will be generally required to call first for an MEDICAL EMERGENCIES appointment. In some cases you will be directed to a special location if you have specific symptoms. • In case of a life-threatening emergency always call 112. • You will find up to date official information at This will give you access to all emergency services. https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19 • In other urgent situations call your GP. If your doctor’s and www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19 office is closed and you have medical complaints that • Here you will also find information about how to get a can’t wait until the next day or after the weekend, call free Coronavirus test. the central doctor’s office (“Huisartsenpost”). Your GP’s website or answering machine will provide you with the DOCTOR phone number. • Huisarts is a General Practitioner (GP) or family doctor. Most speak English. • The “huisarts” is your first contact for all medical questions and complaints. GP’s are medical specialists with a 9 year training in treating the most common complaints. • When needed your GP will prescribe medication or refer you to a diagnostic center, hospital or other medical specialist. Dutch doctors tend to not hand out prescriptions lightly. • Non-urgent medical treatment from a hospital or specialist requires a referral from your “huisarts”. • It is strongly recommended to register with a GP in your area as soon as you are settled, even when not directly in need of a doctor. It will make it much easier to get in touch if you need one later on. • If you weren’t yet able to register with a GP and are in urgent need of a doctor, call any GP in your neighbourhood and explain your situation. • Visit http://www.zorgkaartnederland.nl/huisarts (in Dutch) for doctors in your area.

DENTIST • A dentist (tandarts) can also be located via your insurance company; some policies require an annual check-up. • Dental care also requires registration; dentists are of short supply so many practices may not take on new patients. • Dental care for those under 18 is covered in basic insurance, as is dental surgery and dentures, though a deductible and own contribution apply. • Expats may find anaesthesia is less forthcoming than in their own country, although this varies between dentists. If you feel that your procedure requires it, it’s helpful to request this. • Almost all dental practices in the Netherlands are private with one dentist and one assistant. Oral surgeons are usually affiliated with a hospital, and orthodontists usually have a private practice. • It is possible to take out supplementary insurance that can cover up to 75 percent of costs for visits and dental care.

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• You should register with a midwife early in your first trimester; Your huisarts can recommend one to you • Ortho is not covered by basic insurance. It possible or visit the website of the Royal Dutch Association of to take out supplementary insurance for this. For Midwives (www.knov.nl). children under 18 one of the parents needs to take out • Pain medication during delivery is not standard. Should this insurance. you prefer to have pain medication or a hospital birth, • If you have orthodontic gear on before arriving to the let your midwife know within the first few months of Netherlands, some research will be done to see which your pregnancy. orthodontist can continue the care. • Expectant mothers with certain sorts of medical conditions or complications will be handled by an HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN obstetrician (gynaecologist), which will have you automatically deliver in the hospital. • Some hospitals have birth centres or nearby birthing • All aspects of children’s growth and development from birth up to 18 years old are covered by Youth Healthcare “hotels”, where the environment is made more “homely”. • If you do deliver your baby in a hospital, you can (JGZ – “Jeugd Gezondheidszorg”), a national service. • Your GP can provide you with the details. You can also often be back at home the same day for postnatal search for your local “JGZ”. (maternity) care. • Inoculations and checks from birth to age four take place • Regular check-ups take place with the primary caregiver (midwife or obstetrician). at the consultatiebureau, which is part of the JGZ service. Expect a big check-up just before starting school. • The routine prenatal testing recommended in the Netherlands is different from the guidelines in some • For childhood immunisations, you may wish to check with JGZ whether the Dutch immunisation scheme is the same other countries. as the one from your home country. • There are many types of birth preparation classes. ACCESS (www.access-nl.org) can provide more info. HOSPITALS FINDING A MIDWIFE OR OBSTETRICIAN/GYNAECOLOGIST • At the hospital, “accident and emergency” or “ER” is called “SEH” (spoedeisende hulp). • Once your baby has arrived, you will be given assistance • In case of a life-threatening emergency always call 112. at home by a maternity nurse (kraamverzorgster); costs • For a hospital admission for non-emergency treatment are usually covered by your insurance. you need a referral from your GP. • It is important to register for maternity care (kraamzorg) • In case of admission, keep your insurance company early in your pregnancy, as the nurses are sometimes in informed and check your policy. Not all policies fully short supply. Your midwife will help you find one or check cover all services at a particular hospital. www.kraamzorg.nl (in Dutch). PHARMACIES

MATERNITY LEAVE

• Pharmacists can give advice for minor complaints. • Drogists supply over-the-counter remedies, while the apotheek (pharmacy) handles prescription drugs. • Once you have located a huisarts, you need to locate a pharmacy (apotheek) for prescriptions. • If this pharmacy deals with your particular insurance scheme, you won’t have to pay bills directly. Pharmacy services vary, so look for one that has the services you need. • Pharmacies in the Netherlands take your contact and insurance information and then consider you a longterm client (although it is possible to fill prescriptions elsewhere, if needed). • If you have been treated at a hospital, you can sometimes fill your prescription at an onsite pharmacy. They can also be ordered online but check that this online pharmacy is safe.

• New mothers are entitled to 16-weeks minimum paid maternity leave in the Netherlands that must start within 4-6 weeks before their due date. • Partners can take a number of (paid) days off within 4 weeks after the child is born. The number of days is equal to the number of days per working week that the partner is employed. • Since July 1st 2020 there is the option of 5 weeks additional partner leave against 70% of pay (a maximum applies). • During maternity leave, mothers are entitled to 100 percent of their earnings paid out by their employer or the Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemers Verzekeringen (UWV). • Self-employed mothers are equally entitled to paid leave, but the amount depends on the hours worked in the last 12 months. • Parents are also allowed to take increments of unpaid parenting leave (ouderschapsverlof) totalling six months, until a child is 8 years old. As part of this, fathers are increasingly taking one day a week for child care, known as “Daddy day”(papadag).

HAVING A BABY • The Netherlands has a strong tradition in prenatal care and natural childbirths. • A midwife — an independent medical practitioner with a 4 year bachelor degree — will generally be your sole care provider during your pregnancy and delivery.

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MENTAL HEALTHCARE

PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE

• Moving to a new country can bring about mental challenges. • If you are having trouble sorting out your problems on your own, or you don’t know exactly what is wrong with you, you can go to your GP (huisarts). • Mild mental health problems can be treated by a GP, often working together with a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Your GP sometimes can also offer you online counselling (e-health). • The GP may also suggest treatment with medication such as anti-depressants or refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist for more specialised mental health treatment. • Treatment by your GP or mental health nurse is fully covered by your basic health insurance. Cost of more specialised treatment is also covered, but payable by you to the maximum of your annual excess.

• The Netherlands has good nation-wide preventive health programs. These programs are available at different stages in an individual’s development and most are free of charge. • There are screening options available for people at risk for certain diseases such as cardiovascular, pulmonary or sexually transmitted diseases. • The flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people having a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they get flu. This is done by the GP. • There are screening programs during pregnancy and several after a child is born such as developmental check-ups and a preventative vaccination program. These are administered by Youth Healthcare (“Jeugd gezondheidszorg”) at the Baby Health Clinic (“Consultatie Bureau”). • There are also population screening programs later in life for diseases such as breast, cervical and colon cancer. You’ll be invited for these and they are executed at your GP’s office or at a Public Health facility. With the invitation you will receive information about the purpose and process of the screening. Ask your GP what screenings apply to you. • Participation is on a voluntary basis. If you do not wish to participate, you can return the invitation to the laboratory indicating you do not wish the screening.

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TRAVEL SERVICES AND VACCINATIONS • If you travel to countries in Africa, South and Central America, Asia and the former Eastern Bloc nations you can contact your GP or Public Health Services (“GGD”) for advice and preventive vaccination. More information about Dutch healthcare: www.h4i.nl/healthcare HEALTH INSURANCE • It is mandatory for everyone living in the Netherlands to purchase a basic level of health insurance (basisverzekering) from a Dutch insurance provider (zorgverzekeraar). • You have to take out Health insurance (zorgverzekering) from a Dutch insurer within four months of arrival or start of work for a Dutch employer. You will be insured as of the day of arrival and will also have to pay premiums from that date.

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• Certain students, employees and work arrangements can be exempt from this requirement, but you should check carefully whether your situation qualifies. • If you don’t take out insurance while you are required to do so, you risk a fine. • Children under 18 are included in their parents’ insurance at no additional cost, unless the child begins working. • A Dutch insurance company cannot refuse to cover you for the basic package, regardless of your age or state of health. • The standard coverage is set by the government, although providers vary in cost and how they deliver these requirements. If your income is under a fixed minimum level, you can apply for a healthcare allowance (zorgtoeslag) from the tax authorities. • You can get free advice from the independent organisation www.zorgverzekeringslijn.nl. • Find a list of insurers (zorgverzekeraars) at www.zn.nl, or compare insurance policy costs at www.zorgwijzer.nl/zorgvergelijker/english

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HEALTHCARE

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WHAT TO DO AFTER ARRIVAL

• Cost is about EUR 120 a month. • The basic insurance covers general medical care (visits to the doctor, for example), hospital stays, ambulance services, IVF, the midwife and maternity care, dental care for children up to age 18, most prescription medicine, and various appliances. • You can take out supplementary insurance (aanvullend pakket) for anything the government considers your responsibility, like adult dental care and physiotherapy. This can be from a separate insurance company, though not all insurers will accept you if you don’t take out the Basic insurance. • Check if your healthcare supplier is registered with your insurer before starting treatments. • If you work at a company, it is worth checking whether there is a collective scheme that provides health insurance at a discount. • The standard insurance package includes a mandatory excess or deductible (eigen risico - 2020: € 385) that you must pay towards your insurance claims. For some services you also have to pay a personal contribution (eigen bijdrage). • Insurers generally pay in full for family doctor (GP or “huisarts”) visits, obstetric and postnatal care, national screening programmes, flu vaccinations and some chronic illness treatments. • In addition to your premium your employer will also contribute a percentage of your income to cover the costs of healthcare. If you are self-employed you will have to pay this contribution directly to the tax authorities. • Coverage, premiums and excess may change every 1 January. At this date you can switch to another provider or policy.

There are many things you need to arrange before or after you arrive in the Netherlands. Arranging for healthcare is just one of them, but obviously very important, especially if you are bringing small children or have a medical condition yourself. To arrange access to the Dutch healthcare you need to take the following steps:

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1. Register at the local municipality. They will issue you and your family members a BSN (Citizen Service Number, “Burger Service Nummer” - BSN). Sometimes you will need a residence permit first to obtain a BSN. If there is an “expat center” in your region, they will help you in this process. 2. You may need to undergo a screening for TBC (Tuberculosis) to get a residence permit. You will get more information about this when contacting the municipality. Many nationalities are exempted from this obligation. 3. Arrange health insurance for you and your family members. In most cases you are obliged to take out Dutch health insurance, although there are exceptions. For this you will need a BSN. 4. Register with a GP in your area, even when not directly in need of a doctor. The GP (“huisarts”) is the key to Dutch healthcare. For most of your medical needs he/she will be your first point of contact. To register with a GP you will need a valid health insurance and BSN. 5. Acquaint yourself with the Dutch healthcare system. It ranks among the best in the world, but some things, however, may be arranged in a way that is different than you are used to. Even if you have not yet been able to complete the abovementioned steps, Dutch healthcare will, of course, be available to you and your family in case of emergencies.

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TRANSPORT

CONDITIONS APPLY TO FOREIGNERS DRIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS, OTHERWISE THERE’S AN EXCELLENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM . LICENSES THAT CAN BE EXCHANGED:

• To drive in the Netherlands you must have a valid licence recognised by Dutch law, and have third party insurance.

• To exchange (omwisselen) your existing national driving licence (rijbewijs) for a Dutch one, you must fit into the categories below:

• At age 16 you can do the theory exam. • You may take driving lessons for your driving license from the age of 16.5. You can take practical exams from the age of 17. Until the age of 18 you are then allowed to drive under the supervision of a coach.

EXCHANGING A DRIVING LICENCE • You can use your existing driver’s licence for 185 days after becoming a resident. • During those 185 days, you need to take the CBR theory and driving tests. • You can take both the theory and practical exam in English. • Tourists or short-term visitors are considered nonresidents and do not need a Dutch driving licence. • Still, non-EU nationals should check with their Dutch embassy if an international licence is required. • Dutch licences are generally issued for 10 years. • Foreign licences from EU/EFTA countries can be used in the Netherlands for 10 years from the date of issue. • You may want to exchange it anyway: it is a valid proof of identity in many cases.

- You are registered in the Basic Registration Persons (BRP). - You have a valid residence permit (unless you are a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland). - You are from the EU, the EEA, Switzerland OR are from a country with a special agreement OR you have the 30% ruling - Your current driving license is valid. - Your current driving licence, if issued in a country outside the EU, was issued after being a resident of that country for at least 185 days. • If you do not meet the conditions you cannot exchange your licence for a Dutch one. This means you will need to take a standard theory and practical test at the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR).

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• To exchange, apply at a municipal office for an “Aanvraag omwisseling voor Nederlands rijbewijs” form (or download it prior from www.rdw.nl) after being registered in the municipality database for 185 consecutive days. • You may be asked to provide a certificate of fitness (verklaring van geschiktheid), proving you are physically and psychologically fit to drive a vehicle. This statement is needed in the following cases:

• You need a special licence for a bromfiets (moped), snorfiets (light moped), or brommobiel (mobility car) (unless you have a licence of the A or B category) and you must be 16 or over to get one. • For all information on driving licences and tests visit www.rdw.nl or www.rijbewijs.nl. REGISTERING AND OWNING A CAR

• The hefty hindrance for bringing a car into the - You have an EU/EEA or Switzerland driving licence with Netherlands is the private motor vehicle and motorcycle categories C, CE, C1, D etc tax (BPM) — levied as a percentage of the value of - You benefit from the 30% tax ruling the car. - Your driving licence is from the Netherlands Antilles • Exemption certificates are dealt by or Aruba customs (www.belastingdienst.nl/douane) - Your driving licence is from one of the countries with a • There are many implications affecting car tax special agreement calculations: consult the website www.belastingdienst.nl for full details (in English). • If you are 75 years or over you’ll need a medical • Also note that as a Dutch resident you may not drive in examination, which the CBR may request for non-EU/ a vehicle with foreign registration plates – you will be ETFA/Swiss nationals also. considered as evading the import duty on the vehicle • If you are applying under the 30 percent ruling and road tax, and risk heavy fines. you will need a statement from the tax office’s • All cars must be registered with the RDW (Rijksdienst international department. voor het Wegverkeer). If you bring your vehicle from • Check with all departments if additional documentation abroad, it must first be reviewed at an RDW inspection is required for your certain situation, and if any station, after which registration plates are handled document requires translation or authentication. through the same office. • You will generally forfeit your original licence (unless applying under the 30 percent ruling).

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• To register ownership of a Dutch-registered car, go to any post office or RDW–TV (Tenaamstellen Voertuigen) certified company with: identification documents, certificate of ownership, vehicle registration documents, statutory liability insurance (WA) and safety certificate (APK). • For second hand vehicles, there is a transfer certificate (overschrijvingsbewijs). A seller should ensure their previous ownership certificate has been officially invalidated. • After registering your car, you will receive a bill for road tax (motorrijtuigenbelasting) from the tax office. • The vehicle’s registration card (kentekencard, or bewijs) and the certificate of ownership (tenaamstellingsbewijs) must be in the car at all times when on the road.

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TIPS: TRAFFIC AND PARKING

TRAIN

• Unless otherwise marked, the speed limits are 50 km/hr in the city, 80 km/hr on other roads and 100, 120, or 130 km/hr on motorways. • Traffic is an issue (www.trafficnet.nl) and so is parking, for which you generally need a permit. • Options for paying for parking are cash, chip or via your mobile phone. See www.parkmobiel.nl, www.park-line.nl or www.yellowbrick.nl. • Many Dutch drivers are members of motoring organisation ANWB (www.anwb.nl), which can provide breakdown cover (wegenwacht) at home or abroad. • There are park and ride (P+R) schemes in most cities and the car-sharing scheme Green Wheels is a popular option (www.greenwheels.nl).

• The Nederlandse Spoorwegen (www.ns.nl), or NS, is the national train company and offers season tickets and discounts for off-peak travel (dal voordeel abonnement), which include up to 40 percent discount off the price of your tickets and up to three people travelling with you. • Either buy a single ticket at a kiosk, or use your OV-chipkaart to travel on the NS. Make sure you have a minimum EUR 20 uploaded on your OV-chipkaart (EUR 10 if you have a discount pass), and that you swipe out on arrival or your travel costs could triple. • If you forget to swipe out, you have up to six hours to go back and check out, otherwise you must claim back the added costs. Call 030 751 5155 for help with claims. • For certain cities, you can organize the NS Zonetaxi when you buy your train ticket. This is a door-to-door taxi service at fixed prices, for up to four people (starting at EUR 8,50).

CONTACTS • The Department of Road Transport: www.rdw.nl, 088 008 7447, or +31 (0)59 839 3330 (abroad) • Information on driving licences: www.rijbewijs.nl • Theory and driving tests: www.cbr.nl, 088 227 7700 • “Road Traffic Signs and Regulations” brochure: do a search on www.government.nl to download • Common traffic offences: www.politie.nl/themas/verkeershandhaving.html PUBLIC TRANSPORT • The swipecard payment system OV-chipkaart is the official public transport payment system for the metro, bus, tram and train throughout the Netherlands. • There are two types of OV-chipkaarts: anonymous, which anyone can buy from the OV-chipkaart machines or station; or personal, which you can apply for online. • Your pass can be loaded from one of the OV-chipkaart machines strategically placed at train and metro stations, or you can arrange for your personal card to “load” automatically from a bank account. You pay for the distance travelled by swiping it upon entering and leaving your transport station. • Personal products, such as season or discount tickets, can be loaded to your personal OV-chipkaart and you are automatically eligible for discounts. • The OV-chipkaart website (www.ov-chipkaart.nl) also has an English language section where you can find lines of action should you lose your card or forget to swipe out. Helpline: 0900 0980 (EUR 0.50/min) or @ovgevonden on social media. • Infrequent travellers can buy a single-use chipkaart ticket per trip.

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS THE EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR POLICE, FIRE OR AMBULANCE IS 112.

• The pan-European 112 emergency operators will speak English. You will be asked for the address and city where you are calling from and the nature of the emergency. • For information on emergency situations (noodsituaties) in the Netherlands, visit the government site www.denkvooruit.nl. • Residents can also subscribe to the government mobile alert service (www.nl-alert.nl), which will send a text message regarding any emergencies in your area. POLICE • The non-emergency number is 0900 8844. You will be connected to your local police station. • If your passport has been stolen, contact your embassy immediately for instructions as to what to do next. You generally need to make a statement at a police station to start any kind of official procedure (insurance, applying for a new passport etc.). • Visit www.politie.nl for information. FIRE • You can find information on Dutch fire services at www.brandweer.nl.

• In emergency medical situations you can call an ambulance. • You can also visit A&E but if a doctor could have treated the situation, you may be charged for this or refused treatment without a referral. • For non-threatening issues, you should first contact your local doctor or find your closest out-of-hours medical clinic (huisartsenpost).

• If you suspect a gas leak (gaslucht) or have a power problem (stroomstoring) you can call the national line 0800 9009; for serious emergencies posing a public threat, call 112. • See www.gasenstroomstoringen.nl for details.

• Contact your local gemeente for serious (sewage) issues. • If the problem is in the length of pipe between the street and your house, this is the local water board’s responsibility; find yours at www.vewin.nl by typing your postcode in the box under Uw drinkwaterbedrijf. SIREN • Each municipality tests their siren the first Monday of every month at 12pm. • For acute danger, a siren will sound in the affected area(s) and signals for people to head indoors. Information about the disaster or emergency will be published on www.crisis.nl. HELPLINES ACCESS Invaluable resource for all international residents. 0900 222 2377 (20ct/min) • www.access-nl.org • helpdesk@access-nl.org Alcoholics Anonymous www.aa-netherlands.org • National: 020 625 6057

AMBULANCE

GAS AND ELECTRICAL EMERGENCIES

WATER EMERGENCY

Animal emergencies Also provides a shelter for animals seeking new homes. www.dierenambulancedenhaag.nl • National: 070 328 2828 Gay & Lesbian Switchboard www.switchboard.nl • National: 020 623 6565 Helpline for children and teenagers www.kindertelefoon.nl • 0800 0432 SOS 24-hour helpline Staffed by Dutch volunteers but many speak English. www.sensoor.nl • 0900 0767 (5ct/min)

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

MANY ACTIVITIES EXIST FOR THE NETHERLANDS’ THRIVING EXPAT COMMUNITY.

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There are a few regional variations for Dutch public holidays, except for the orange madness of King’s day, which takes over the whole country. Carnival is also celebrated in February and March in Catholic areas. PUBLIC & BANK HOLIDAYS Sinterklaas [Not an official holiday] . . . 5 December 2020 (Sint arrives in the Netherlands on Saturday, 14 November 2020) Christmas Day (Eerste Kerstdag) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 December 2020 Boxing Day (Tweede Kerstdag). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 December 2020 New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 January 2021 Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 April 2021 Easter Sunday/Monday (Pasen). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday 4/Monday 5 April 2021 King’s Day (Koningsdag). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 April 2021 National Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking) [Not a bank holiday]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 May 2021 Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 May 2021 (Bank holiday every 5 years) Ascension (Hemelvaart). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 May 2021 Whitsun (Pinksteren). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday 23 May/Monday 24 May 2021 SCHOOL VACATION HOLIDAYS The Netherlands school districts are divided into three regions. Some school vacation breaks are taken at the same time, others are split into regions to help spread the seasonal flow of vacationers. North (Noord): Provinces Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, Overijssel, Flevoland (except Zeewolde), Gelderland (Hattem only), Utrecht (Eemnes and former Abcoude), and Noord-Holland. Middle (Midden): Flevoland (Zeewolde only), Utrecht (except Eemnes and former Abcoude), Zuid-Holland, and Gelderland areas of Aalten, Apeldoorn, Barneveld, Berkelland, Bronckhorst, Brummen, Buren, Culemborg, Doetinchem, Ede, Elburg, Epe, Ermelo, Geldermalsen, Harderwijk, Heerde, Lingewaal, Lochem, Montferland

(behalve de voormalige gemeente Didam), Neder-Betuwe (behalve de voormalige gemeente Dodewaard), Neerijnen, Nijkerk, Nunspeet, Oldebroek, Oost-Gelre, Oude IJsselstreek, Putten, Scherpenzeel, Tiel, Voorst, Wageningen, Winterswijk and Zutphen. South (Zuid): Limburg, Noord-Brabant (except Woudrichem and the centers Sleeuwijk, Nieuwendijk and Werkendam in the municipality of Werkendam), Zeeland, and Gelderland areas of Arnhem, Beuningen, Doesburg, Druten, Duiven, Groesbeek, Heumen, Neder-Betuwe (alleen de voormalige gemeente Dodewaard), Lingewaard, Maasdriel, Millingen a/d Rijn, Montferland (alleen de voormalige gemeente Didam), Nijmegen, Overbetuwe, Renkum, Rheden, Rozendaal, Rijnwaarden, Ubbergen, Westervoort, West Maas en Waal, Wijchen, Zaltbommel and Zevenaar.

Autumn Break 2020 (Herfstvakantie) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 October 2020 to 18 October 2020 (North region) 17 October to 25 October 2020 (Middle and South region) Christmas Holiday 2020-2021 (Kerstvakantie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 December to 4 January (all regions) Spring Holiday 2021 (Voorjaarsvakantie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 to 28 February 2021 (North and Middle region) 13 February to 21 February 2021 (South region) May Holiday 2021 (Meivakantie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 May to 9 May 2021 (all regions) Summer Break 2021 (Zomervakantie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 July to 22 August 2021 (North region) 17 July to 29 August 2021 (Middle region) 24 July to 5 September 2021 (South region)

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LISTINGS LATIN AMERICA:

GROUPS AND CLUBS

CLO Stichting – El Centro Latinoamericano de Orientacion: www.cloeindhoven.nl

ADVICE AND INFORMATION

NEW ZEALAND:

ACCESS Laan van Meerdervoort 70 – 1st floor, 2517 AN Den Haag • The Hague International Centre: Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag • ECU - Expat Centre Utrecht: Stadsplateau 1, 3521 AZ Utrecht • IN Amsterdam: I-Tower, ground floor (entrance via zuidplein): Strawinskylaan 1767, 1077 XX Amsterdam • Expat Centre Leiden - VVV Leiden (Tourist Information Centre): Stationsweg 26, 2312 AV Leiden • +31 (0)900 222 2377 (20ct/min) • helpdesk@access-nl.org • www.access-nl.org •  @ACCESSNL

New Zealand’s Global Network: www.keanewzealand.com SINGAPORE: Singapore Netherlands Association:  @Singapore Netherlands Association SPAIN: La Asociacion Hispanica de La Haya: www.asoha.nl

Expatriate Archive Centre Paramaribostraat 20, 2585 GN, Den Haag • +31 (0)70 427 2014 • welcome@xpatarchive.com • www.xpatarchive.com

SOUTH AFRICA: The SA Club in the Netherlands: www.southafricanclub.nl

BUSINESS/PROFESSIONAL

UK:

Amsterdam American Business Club (AABC): www.aabc.nl

British Society of Amsterdam: www.britsoc.nl • www.facebook.com/britscoc.nl • www.meetup.com/en-AU/Amsterdam-Expat-Meetup/

Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce (AmCham): www.amcham.nl

The British Club of The Hague: www.britishclubofthehague.com

Australian Business in Europe: www.abie-nl.nl

St Andrew’s Society: www.standrews.nl

Club of Amsterdam: www.clubofamsterdam.com

GNE (Genootschap Nederland-Engeland): www.nederlandengeland.nl

Commerical Anglo-Dutch Society (CADS): www.cadsnewsletter.wordpress.com

Oxford and Cambridge Society of the Netherlands: www.oxbridge-nl.com

Connecting Women: www.connectingwomen.nl

POLITICS/ACTIVIST

Dutch Carribean Business Club: www.dutchcaribbeanbusinessclub.com

Amnesty International: www.amnesty.nl

European Professional Women’s Network Amsterdam: www.pwnamsterdam.net

Democrats Abroad: www.democratsabroad.nl

Foreign Press Association: www.bpv-fpa.nl

Republicans Abroad: www.republicansabroad.nl

French Chamber of Commerce Netherlands: www.cfci.nl

War Child: www.warchild.nl

Institute of Directors: www.iod.com Junior Chamber International (Amsterdam): www.jciai.nl

World Wide Fund: www.wnf.nl

Kiwi Expat Association (KEA): www.keanewzealand.com

SOCIAL

Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce: www.nbcc.co.uk

Amsterdam Expat Meetup Group: www.meetup.com/amsterdam-expat

Netherlands- Polish Chamber of Commerce: www.nlchamber.com.pl

Expatica Date: www.netherlandsdating.expatica.com

Rotary Club Utrecht International: www.rotary-utrecht-international.nl

ExpatsHaarlem: www.expatshaarlem.nl

Society of English-Native-Speaking Editors: www.sense-online.nl

Expats in Amsterdam: www.expats-in-amsterdam.com

Spanish Association of Professionals in the Netherlands: www.profesionalesholanda.org

International Almere: www.internationalalmere.com

Swedish Chamber of Commerce: www.swedishchamber.nl

WOMEN’S CLUBS

Toastmasters of the Netherlands: www.toastmasters.nl WBII Women Business Initiative International Nassauplein 20, 2585 EC Den Haag • +31 (0)6 2499 7022 • info@womensbusinessinitiative.net • www.womensbusinessinitiative.net CULTURE & MEDIA Boom Chicago Rozengracht 117, 1016 LV Amsterdam • hello@boomchicago.nl • www.boomchicago.nl Easylaughs (Amsterdam): www.easylaughs.nl STET –The English Theatre (Den Haag): www.theenglishtheatre.nl GAY & LESBIAN COC Amsterdam: www.cocamsterdam.nl CLUBS BY NATIONALITY

American Women’s Club of Amsterdam: www.awca.nl American Women’s Club of The Hague: Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan 43, 2582 NJ, Den Haag • +31 (0)070 350 6007 • info@awcthehague.org • www.awcthehague.org •  @AWCTheHague American Netherlands Club of Rotterdam: www.ancorotterdam.com Connecting Women (The Hague): www.connectingwomen.nl Expat Spouses Initiative: www.expatspousesinitiative.org International Women’s Club Breda: www.iwcbreda.nl International Women’s Club Eindhoven: www.iwce.nl International Women’s Club South Limburg: www.iwc-sl.nl International Women’s Contact Amsterdam: www.iwcamsterdam.nl International Women’s Contact Utrecht: www.iwcu.nl

AUSTRALIA:

International Women’s Contact The Hague: www.iwcthehague.nl

Australians abroad in Holland: www.australiansabroad.com/hollandsite

Mom2Mom and women’s church groups: www.trinitychurch.nl

Australian and New Zealand Club of the Netherlands: www.anzc.org

North American Women’s Club of Eindhoven: www.nawceindhoven.com

FRANCE:

Petroleum Wives Club of The Hague: www.pwc-thehague.com

Alliance Francaise: www.alliance-francaise.nl

Women’s Business Initiative: www.womensbusinessinitiative.net

Avenir Emploi: www.aveniremploi.nl

CHURCHES & RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES

INDIA: India in Nederland: www.indiawijzer.nl Netherlands-India Association (NIA): www.netherlands-india.nu

Crossroads International Church: www.xrds.nl VOLUNTEER GROUPS & OTHER

GERMANY:

ACCESS Laan van Meerdervoort 70, 2517 AN Den Haag • The Hague International Centre: Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag • Expat Centre Utrecht: Stadsplateau 1, 3521 AZ Utrecht • Expatcenter Amsterdam: Strawinskylaan 39, 1077 XW Amsterdam • +31 (0)900 222 2377 (20ct/min) • heldesk@access-nl.org • www.access-nl.org

Deutscher Klub in den Niederlanden: www.deutscherklub.nl

Serve the City Amsterdam: www.stcamsterdam.nl

GREECE:

Serve the city Netherlands: www.servethecity.nl

Greek community in Amsterdam: www.ellines.nl

Volunteer Centre Amsterdam: www.vca.nu

IRELAND: Irish Club: www.irishclub.nl

Vrijwilligerspunt: www.vrijwilligerspunteindhoven.nl

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EMPLOYMENT CAREER RESOURCES AIESEC in the Netherlands Hogehilweg 15, 1101 CB Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 3542 520 • mc@aiesec.nl • Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg • +31 (0)13 4662 573 • tilburg@aiesec.nl • www.aiesec.nl/companies/ Expertise in Labour Mobility Mathenesserlaan 255, 3021 HD Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 477 6816 • info@labourmobility.com • www.labourmobility.com •  @labourmobility KGT Consulting +31 (0)6 30180433 • karen@kgtconsulting.nl • www.kgtconsulting.nl •  @KGTNetherlands COACHING Coach Coen 2e Goudsbloemdwarsstraat 10a, 1015 JZ Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 18 51 42 40 • info@coachcoen.nl • www.coachcoen.nl Koach.net Weesperstraat 61, 1018 VN Amsterdam • www.koach.net • contact@koach.net •  @koach.net in2motivation Amstelveenseweg 739, 1081 JE Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 737 0312 • info@in2motivation.com • www.in2motivation.com EMPLOYMENT LAYWERS ScheerSanders Advocaten Nassauplein 36, 2585 ED Den Haag • +31 (0)70 365 9933 • info@scheer.nl • www.scheersanders.nl •  @scheersanders •  @scheersanders-advocaten EXPAT EMPLOYERS Applied Medical Europe B.V. Wiekenweg 21, 3815 KL Amersfoort • +31 (0)337548713 • Recruitment-EU@appliedmedical.com • www.appliedmedical.com ASML De Run 6501, 5504 DR Veldhoven • +31 (0)6 15 388 338 • sabrina.taskin@asml.com • www.workingatasml.com Booking.com Herengracht 597, 1017 CE Amsterdam • jobs@booking.com • www.booking.com/jobs Brainport Development info@brainporteindhoven.nl • www.brainporteindhoven.com citizenM Leidseweg 219, 2253 AE Voorschoten • +31 (0)20 811 7000 • info@citizenm.com • www.citizenm.com Empower Amsterdam Louise Marie Loeberplantsoen 12, 1062 DD Amsterdam • info@empoweramsterdam.com • www.empoweramsterdam.com International School Eerde (K-12; also boarding) Kasteellaan 1, 7731 PJ Ommen • +31 (0)529 451 452 • info@eerde.nl • www.eerde.nl •  @ISEerde International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region Stadsplateau 1, 3521 AZ Utrecht • +31 (0)30 286 00 00 • iwc@utrecht.com •  @IWCUR • @International Welcome Centre UR • Instagram @iwcutrechtregion

Jamf Antonio Vivaldistraat 56, 1083 HP Amsterdam • recruiting@jamf.com • www.jamf.com •  @JAMFsterdam Mary Kay Cosmetics www.marykay.nl Murata Electronics Europe B.V. Wegalaan 2, 2132 JC Hoofddorp • +31 (0)23 5698410 • jweijers@murata.com • www.murata.eu Oracle The Warehouse, Nieuwevaart 5-9, 1101 CT, Amsterdam • +441189247334 • gabriela.x.vasile@oracle.com • www.oracle.com/experience Tax Consultants International BV World Trade Center, B-Tower, 3rd Floor, Strawinskylaan 335, 1077 XX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 5709440 • Groothandelsgebouw, Suite B7.029, Stationsplein 45, 3013 AK Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 2010466 • info@taxci.nl • www.taxci.nl The Hague International Centre City Hall (Atrium) Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag • +31 (0)70 3535043 • internationalcentre@denhaag.nl • www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl •  @thehagueinternationalcentre FINANCIAL AND TAX ADVISORS Blue Umbrella Keizersgracht 756, 1017 EZ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 4687560 • info@blueumbrella.nl • www.blueumbrella.nl •  @blue.umbrella.services Migrantic, tax & immigration lawyers Prinses Beatrixlaan 582, 2595 BM Den Haag • +31 (0)6 27043309 (Immigration) • +31 (0)6 25097409 (Tax) • info@migrantic.com • www.migrantic.com •  @migrantic •  @migrantic-tax-&-immigration-layers Tax Consultants International BV World Trade Center, B-Tower, 3rd Floor, Strawinskylaan 335, 1077 XX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 5709 440 • Groothandelsgebouw, Suite B7.029, Stationsplein 45, 3013 AK Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 2010 466 • info@taxci.nl • www.taxci.nl

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JOB INTERVIEW TRAINING Flowently Azartplein 79, 1019 PB Amsterdam • +31 (0)85 8883 012 • info@flowently.com • www.flowently.com •  @indutch PAYROLL & CONTRACTING SERVICES Dutch Umbrella Company Donauweg 10, 1043 AJ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 820 15 60 • info@dutchumbrellacompany.com • www.dutchumbrellacompany.com RECRUITMENT AGENCIES AMSTERDAM Adams Multilingual Recruitment Teleport Towers, Kingsfordweg 151, 1043 GR Amsterdam • +31 (0)205800340 • amsterdam@adamsrecruitment.com ManpowerGroup Diemerhof 16, 1112 XN Diemen • +31 (0)88 1716086 • dow@manpower.nl • www.manpower.nl/SubscribeForDow Projob Van Baerlestraat 63-65, 1071 AR Amsterdam • +31 (0)())20-5738383 • welcome@projob.nl • www.projobhouseofcareers.nl/en/ •  @Projob Amsterdam • Instagram @projobamsterdam • @projob_2

Undutchables Recruitment Agency Westeinde 20, 1017 ZP Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 623 1300 • amsterdam@undutchables.nl • www.undutchables.nl UWV / EURES workinthenetherlands@uwv.nl • www.werk.nl/eures YER Hogehilweg 16, 1101 CD Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 697 5011 • www.yer.nl •  @YERrecruitment AMSTELVEEN Undutchables Recruitment Agency Burgemeester Haspelslaan 21, 1181 NB Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 345 5104 • amstelveen@undutchables.nl • www.undutchables.nl BREDA Trinamics Westbroek 28, 4822 ZW Breda • +31 (0)76 548 7373 • breda@trinamics.nl • www.trinamics.nl EINDHOVEN Brainbox Consulting B.V. Torenallee 20, 5617 BC Eindhoven • +31 (0)06 38660689 • admin@brainbox.consulting • www.brainbox.consulting Trinamics Fellenoord 236, 5611 ZC Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 401 52 00 • eindhoven@trinamics.nl • www.trinamics.nl Undutchables Recruitment Agency Veldmaarschalk Montgomerylaan 7, 5612 BA Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 237 3395 • eindhoven@undutchables.nl • www.undutchables.nl HENGELO The Chain Company Langelermaatweg 50, 7553 JE Hengelo • +31 (0)74 2469 210 • info@thechaincompany.nl • www.thechaincompany.nl WYSIWYG Nederland B.V. Langelermaatweg 50, 7553 JE Hengelo • +31 (0)74 2469 210 • info@wysiwygnederland.nl • www.wysiwygnederland.nl NIJMEGEN Trinamics Kerkenbosch 10-63H, 6546 BB Nijmegen • +31 (0)24 202 2622 • nijmegen@trinamics.nl • www.trinamics.nl ROTTERDAM Adams Multilingual Recruitment Spaces, 8th floor, Hofplein 20, 3032 AC Rotterdam • +31 (0)103031010 • rotterdam@adamsrecruitment.com • www.adamsrecruitment.com •  @AdamsRecruit Trinamics K.P. v/d Mandelelaan 90, 3062 MB Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 307 27 27 • rotterdam@trinamics.nl • www.trinamics.nl Undutchables Recruitment Agency Hofplein 20, 3032 AC Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 404 6650 • rotterdam@undutchables.nl www.undutchables.nl THE HAGUE Undutchables Recruitment Agency Noordeinde 202–1, 2514 GS Den Haag • +31 (0)70 711 8300 • denhaag@undutchables.nl • www.undutchables.nl UTRECHT Undutchables Recruitment Agency Brigittenstraat 1, 3512 KJ Utrecht • +31 (0)30 238 2228 • utrecht@undutchables.nl • www.undutchables.nl

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LISTINGS RELOCATION SERVICES

RELOCATION

Altair Global Het Kleine Loo 414 T, 2592 CK Den Haag • +31 (0)70 324 2524 • nl.relocation@altairglobal.eu • www.altairglobal.com •  @AltairGlobal

EXPAT CENTRES Expat Centre Leiden Stadskantoor Leiden, Bargelaan 190 • 2333 CW Leiden • info@expatcentreleiden.nl • www.expatcentreleiden.nl •  @ExpatCentreLeiden

Big5 Relocations Postbus 91, 5600 AB Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 235 15 05 • servicedesk@big5relo.com • www.big5relo.com •  @big5relocations

Expat Centre Maastricht Region Postbus 1992, 6201 BZ Maastricht • +31 (0)43 350 5010 • www.expatcentremaastrichtregion.nl •  ExpatCentreMaastrichtRegion • Instagram @expatcentremaastrichtregion •  @expat-centre-maastricht-region

CS HOUSING Ravellaan 157, 3533 JL Utrecht • +31 (0)30 888 0226 • Keizersgracht 62, 1015 CS Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 570 7977 • info@cshousing.nl • www.cshousing.nl Expat Housing Network Tweede Helmerstraat 21, 1054 CJ Amsterdam • Raiffeisenstraat 11, 5611 CH Eindhoven • +31 (0)20 2617434 • info@expathousingnetwork.nl • www.expathousingnetwork.nl •  @expathousingnetwork

Expat Center Twente Industrieplein 2, 7553 LL Hengelo • +31 (0)74 250 3325 • info@expatcentertwente.com • www.expatcentertwente.com •  @ExpatCenterTwente-EastNetherlands International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region Stadsplateau 1, 3521 AZ Utrecht • +31 (0)30 286 00 00 • iwc@utrecht.com •  @IWCUR •  @International Welcome Centre UR • Instagram @iwcutrechtregion

Expat Management Group Herengracht 168, 1016 BP Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 707 05 51 • info@expatmanagementgroup.com • www.expatmanagementgroup.com

IN Amsterdam World Trade Center Amsterdam • Tower, ground floor • Strawinskylaan 1767, 1077 XX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 254 7999 • welcome@amsterdam.nl • www.inamsterdam.com

ExpatRentals Panamalaan 5-F, 1019 AS Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 470 0749 • info@expatrentals.com • www.expatrentals.com •  @expatrentalsamsterdam

International Welcome Center North (IWCN) Gedempte Zuiderdiep 98, 9711 HL Groningen • +31 (0)50 367 7197 • info@iwcn.nl • www.iwcn.nl •  www.linkedin.com/company/international-welcome-center-north/

Expertise in Labour Mobility Mathenesserlaan 255, 3021 HD Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 477 6816 • info@labourmobility.com • www.labourmobility.com •  @labourmobility

Holland Expat Center South Vestdijk 27a, 5611 CA Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 238 6777 • info@hollandexpatcenter.com • www.hollandexpatcenter.com •  @Holland-Expat-Center Nijmegen Expatdesk Stadswinkel • Marienburg 75, 6511 PS Nijmegen • +31 (0)24 329 2408 • expat@nijmegen.nl • www.nijmegen.nl/expats Rotterdam Partners / Rotterdam Expat Centre Korte Hoogstraat 31, 3011 GK Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 790 0190 • info@rotterdampartners.nl • www.rotterdamexpatcentre.nl • www.rotterdampartners.nl •  @rotterdamexpatcentre/ The Hague International Centre City Hall (Atrium) Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag • +31 (0)70 3535043 • internationalcentre@denhaag.nl • www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl •  @TheHagueInternationalCentre •  www.linkedin.com/company/the-hague-international-centre/ •  @hague_intcentre

RelocAid: Relocation and immigration • Rendementsweg 12A, 3641 SK Mijdrecht • +31 (0)29 727 2784 • info@relocaid.com • www.relocaid.com •  @relocaid Rotsvast Verhuur en Vastgoedbeheer Vrouwenregt 1, 2611 KK Delft • +31 (15) 215 8010 • delft@rotsvast.nl • www.rotsvast.nl

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL International School Eerde (K-12; also boarding) • Kasteellaan 1, 7731 PJ Ommen • +31 (0)529 451 452 • info@eerde.nl • www.eerde.nl •  @ISEerde

ServicedApartments.nl Gustav Mahlerlaan 50b, 1082 MC Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 723 3490 • info@servicedapartments.nl • www.servicedapartments.nl •  @servicedapartmentsinthenetherlands

International Waldorf School The Hague (IWSTH) 2e Messtraat 31, 2586 XA Den Haag • +31 (0)70 7830030 • info@iwsth.org • www.internationalwaldorfschool.nl •  @IWSTH • Instagram @international_waldorf_school •  @international-waldorf-school-the-hague

Short Stay Citizens Westerstraat 46, 3016 DH Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 76 705 74 • info@shortstaycitizens.com • www.shortstaycitizens.com •  @shortstaycitizens • Instagram @shortstaycitizens •  @Short_Stay_Citizens

Optimist International School Waddenweg 87, 2134 XL Hoofddorp • +31 (0)23 3035924 • info@optimist-international-school.nl • www.optimist-international-school.nl •  @optimist.international.school • instagram @optimist_international_school •  @Optimist International School

Short Stay Group Herengracht 451, 1017 BS, Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 523 1028 • yolanda@shortstaygroup.com • www.shortstayreservations.com •  @ShortStayReservations

IMMIGRATION LAYWERS

UButler Prinsengracht 436, 1017 KE Amsterdam • info@ubutler.nl • www.ubutler.nl

Migrantic, tax & immigration lawyers Prinses Beatrixlaan 582, 2595 BM Den Haag • +31 (0)6 27043309 (Immigration) • +31 (0)6 25097409 (Tax) • info@migrantic.com • www.migrantic.com •  @migrantic •  @migrantic-tax-&-immigration-layers Mynta Law Laan Copes van Cattenburch 88, 2585 GE Den Haag • +31 (0)70 205 1160 • info@mynta.nl • www.mynta.nl •  @myntalaw •  @mynta-law Prakken d’Oliveira Linnaeusstraat 2A, 1092 CK Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 344 62 00 • info@prakkendoliveira.nl • www.prakkendoliveira.nl

New2nl Amsterdam +31 (0)6 29 09 39 33 • annebet@new2nl.com • www.new2nl.com

Mortgage Holland by Hypotheek Visie De Waal 20, 5684 PH Best • +31 (0)499 336770 • mortgageholland@hypotheekvisie.nl • www.mortgageholland.nl

PAS BMS Immigration and Relocation serv. Schoutenlaan 62, 2215ME Voorhout • +31 (0)25 234 7876 • info@pasbms.com • www.pasbms.com •  @pasbms

Flowently; private and in-company Dutch courses, live and online lessons Azartplein 79, 1019 PB Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 4133 9323 • info@flowently.com • www.flowently.com •  @flowently

ACCESS Lange Voorhout 12, 2514 ED Den Haag • +31 (0)85 4000 338 • helpdesk@access-nl.org • www.access-nl.org •  @ACCESSNL • Instagram @access.nl •  @ACCESS-Netherlands

HousingAgent.com Churchill-laan 59, 1078 DH Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 7723915 • info@housingagents.com • www.housingagent.com •  @HousingAgentCom

P&D Care Willem II Straat 8, 5038 BG Tilburg • +31 (0)13 582 13 73 • info@pendcare.com • www.pendcare.com •  @helpforexpats

In-company language training and culture training

INFORMATION CENTRES

Eurohome Relocation Services BV Wolga 12, 2491 BJ Den Haag • +31 (0)70 301 1366 • www.eurohome-relocation.com •  @EurohomeRelocationServices

The Wittenberg Nieuwe Keizersgracht 760, 1018VG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 808 4006 • www.thewittenberg.com • lisa.bouma@thewittenberg.com RECRUITMENT AGENCY Trinamics - Westbroek 28, 4822 ZW Breda • +31 (0)76 548 7373 • breda@trinamics.nl - Fellenoord 236, 5611 ZC Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 401 5200 • eindhoven@trinamics.nl • - K.P. van der Mandelelaan 78, 3062 MB Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 307 2727 • rotterdam@trinamics.nl - Kerkenbosch 10-63H, 6546 BB Nijmegen • +31 (0)24 202 2622 • nijmegen@trinamics.nl • www.trinamics.nl ASSISTENCE ORGANISATIONS (links mostly in Dutch) Accessibility Foundation: Accessible internet for all • +31 (0)30 239 8270 • info@accessibility.nl • www.accessibility.nl/english

INTERIOR & STYLING ADVICE

Children/teenagers support: www.nsgk.nl

Frés Interiors +31 (0)628446773 • fresinteriors@gmail.com • www.fresinteriors.nl

Down Syndrome Foundation (SDS): www.downsyndroom.nl

Deaf/blind support: www.doofblind.nl Dutch Autism Network: www.landelijknetwerkautisme.nl Handilinks: A useful portal with lots of related links www.handilinks.nl IEDER(in): Network for the chronically ill and disabled • +31 (0)30 720 0000 • www.iederin.nl MEE: Support and help for living with a disability • +31 (0)900 999 8888 • www.mee.nl Valys: Regional assisted transport • +31 (0)900 9630 • www.valys.nl

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HOUSING ACCOMODATION AGENCIES 27 House Real Estate Nieuwe Leliestraat 27 HS, 1015 SJ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 428 0721 • info@27huis.nl • www.27huis.nl •  @27house CS HOUSING Ravellaan 157, 3533 JL Utrecht • +31 (0)30 8880 226 • Keizersgracht 62, 1015 CS Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 5707 977 • info@cshousing.nl • www.cshousing.nl De Raad Makelaars Sandtlaan 38, 2223 GG Katwijk • +31 (0)71 4051 500 ExpatRentals Panamalaan 5-F, 1019 AS Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 470 0749 • info@expatrentals.com • www.expatrentals.com •  @expatrentalsamsterdam Expat Housing Network Korte Schimmelstraat 12, 1053 SZ Amsterdam • +31 (0)202617434 • info@expathousingnetwork.nl • www.expathousingnetwork.nl Holland Home Management Blasiusstraat 94-A, 1091CX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 3547 195 • info@hollandhomemanagement.nl • www.hollandhomemanagement.nl Home to Rent Herengracht 342, 1016 CG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 3080206 • amsterdam@hometorent.nl • Minervaplein 40, 3581 XP Utrecht • +31 (0)30 888 2131 • utrecht@hometorent.nl • www.hometorent.nl •  @Hometorent Holland2Stay Victoriapark 45, 5611 BM Eindhoven • +31 (0)85 130 55 00 • info@holland2stay.com • www.holland2stay.com •  @Holland2Stay HomeRent Molendijk 16, 3361 EN Sliedrecht • +31 (0)85 488 36 19 • info@homerent.nl • www.homerent.nl •  @HomeRent.NL •  @home_rent HousingAgent.com Churchill-laan 59, 1078 DH Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 7723915 • info@housingagents.com • www.housingagent.com •  @HousingAgentCom Lindy Nikken Real Estate Zuid Hollandlaan 7, 2596 AL Den Haag • +31 (0)71 562 2408 • info@lindynikkenrealestate.com • www.lindynikkenrealestate.com •  @expat2006 •  @lindy-nikken-real-estate Listings Keizersgracht 555, 1017 DR Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 14499787 • info@listings.nl • www.listings.nl •  @ListingsNL Luxury Apartments Delft Koornmarkt 72, 2611 EJ Delft • +31 (0)15 889 0908 • info@ladelft.com • www.ladelft.com •  @luxuryapartmentsdelft • Instagram @ladelft_ •  @Luxury Apartments Delft MVA Certified Expat broker Frans van Mierisstraat 59,1071 RL Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 673 3322 • info@mva.nl • www.mvahousing.nl •  @MVACertifiedExpatBroker • Instagram @mvacertifiedexpatbrokers Nieuw Amsterdam Huys Oudezijds Achterburgwal 193, 1012 DK Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 23 74768 • info@amsterdamshuys.nl • www.nieuwamsterdamshuys.nl Pit makelaars Dorpstraat 57, 5504 HB Veldhoven • +31 (0)40 255 30 03 • makelaar@pitmakelaars.com • www.pitmakelaars.com PPHAW REAL ESTATE Reguliersgracht 13-B, 1017 LJ Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 4084 82 82 • +31 (0)6 2303 74 52 • www.pphaw-realestate.nl • info@pphaw-realestate.nl Residence32 Tongelresestraat 30.26, 5611 VK Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 218 00 72 • info@lighthouse.group • www.lighthouse.group/r32nl Rotsvast Verhuur en Vastgoedbeheer Vrouwenregt 1, 2611 KK Delft • +31 (15) 215 8010 • delft@rotsvast.nl • www.rotsvast.nl ’t Gooi Estate Rentals Houtzagerij 1, 1251 GK Laren • +31 (0)35 888 49 90 & +31 (0)35 8884990 • info@gooirentals.com • www.gooirentals.nl •  @tGooiEstateRentals • Instagram @gooiestaterentals •  @marie-josé van klooster Van Kempen Project Management Jan Luykenstraat 28-2, 1071 CP Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 672 4136 • info@vankempenprojects.nl • www.vankempenprojects.nl Van Santvoort Makelaars Boutenslaan 195A, 5654 AN Eindhoven +31 (0)40 269 25 30 • www.vansantvoort.nl INTERIOR & STYLING ADVICE Frés Interiors +31 (0)628446773 • fresinteriors@gmail.com • www.fresinteriors.nl FINANCIAL AND TAX ADVISORS NAHV Belastingadviseurs B.V. Oostenburgervoorstraat 80, 1511 GJ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 6225509 • mja@nahv.nl • www.nahv.nl/en/ •  @NAHVBelastingadviseurs FURNITURE RENTAL Furniture Lease Sint Walburg 20B, 6671 AS, Zetten • +31 (0)488 45 25 86 • info@furniturelease.nl • www.furniturelease.nl •  @furnitureleasemeubelverhuurexpatservice

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LOCATIONS Greenzone of Eindhoven Emma Goldmanweg 8i, 5032 MN Tilburg • +31 (0)13 744 00 98 • info@greenzoneofeindhoven.com • www.greenzoneofeindhoven.com De Groote Heide Cranendonck 10, 6027 RK Soerendonk • info@degrooteheide.eu • www.degrooteheide.com MORTGAGE CONSULTANTS De Hypotheekshop Veldhoven Dorpstraat 57, 5504 HB Veldhoven • +31 (0)40 223 0900 • veldhoven1410@hypotheekshop.nl • www.hypotheekshop.nl Easymortgage.nl IJsselstraat 19, 3401 DJ IJsselstein • +31 (0)30 2374499 • www.easymortgage.nl Expat Mortgages Barbara Strozzilaan 101, 1083 HN Amsterdam • Flight Forum 40, 5657 DB Eindhoven • +31 (0)20-7173908 • info@expatmortgages.nl • www.expatmortgages.nl Freek Hypotheek Aalsterweg 179, 5644 RA Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 2114 054 • Vestdijk 188, 5611 CZ Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 2922 222 • eindhoven@freekhypotheek.nl • www.freekhypotheek.nl/mortgage-eindhoven/ Independent Expat Finance - Dreef 48 2012, HS Haarlem - Prinses Beatrixlaan 582, 2595 BM Den Haag Mister Mortgage Prinsengracht 679, 1017 JT Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 210 1074 • hi@mistermortgage.nl • www.mistermortgage.nl NOTARIES Mr MJ Meijer Notarissen Keizersgracht 695–699, 1017 DW Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 531 7070 • info@meijernotarissen.nl • www.meijernotarissen.nl •  @meijernotarissen RELOCATION SERVICE PAS BMS Immigration and Relocation serv. Schoutenlaan 62, 2215ME Voorhout • +31 (0)25 234 7876 • info@pasbms.com • www.pasbms.com •  @pasbms SERVICED HOUSING BizStay BV Koninginnegracht 60 2514 AE Den Haag • +31 (0)70 260 1269 • info@bizstaythehague.com • www.bizstaythehague.com •  @bizstaythehague • Instagram @bizstaythehague Corporate Housing Factory Claude Debussylaan 235, 1082 MC, Amsterdam • +31 (0)88 11 69 500 • info@corporatehousingfactory.com • www.corporatehousingfactory.com •  @CGFapartments Hilversum City Apartments Office: Maliebaan 80A, 3581 CW Utrecht • Location: Oude Amersfoortseweg 121-131, 1212 AA Hilversum • +31 (0)35 3035900 • +31 (0)6 82525750 • Welcome@HilversumCityApartments.com • www.hilversumcityapartments.com •  @HilversumCityApartments ServicedApartments.nl Gustav Mahlerlaan 50b, 1082 MC Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 723 3490 • info@servicedapartments.nl • www.servicedapartments.nl •  @servicedapartmentsinthenetherlands Utrecht City Apartments Office: Maliebaan 80A, 3581 CW Utrecht Locations: Weerdsingel Oostzijde 10, 3514 AA Utrecht • Huizingalaan 121, 3572 LL Utrecht • Oudegracht 152, 3511 AZ Utrecht • +31 (0)30 2317100 • +31 (0)6 2509 0191 • welcome@UtrechtCityApartments.com • www.utrechtcityapartments.com •  @UtrechtCityApartments SHORT STAY ACCOMODATIONS Element Amsterdam Hotel A.J. Ernststraat 577, 1082 LD, Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 5175311 • dominique.dekwant@elementamsterdamhotel.com • www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-reviews/amsel-element-amsterdam/ •  @elementamsterdam Short Stay Citizens Westerstraat 46, 3016 DH Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 76 705 74 • info@shortstaycitizens.com • www.shortstaycitizens.com •  @shortstaycitizens • Instagram @shortstaycitizens • @Short_Stay_Citizens

Short Stay Group Herengracht 451, 1017 BS, Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 523 1028 • yolanda@shortstaygroup.com • www.shortstayreservations.com •  @ShortStayReservations The Student Hotel Amsterdam City - Wibautstraat 129 • +31 (0)20 214 9999 • Amsterdam West - Jan Van Galenstraat 335 • +31 (0)20 760 4000 • Eindhoven - Stationsweg 1 • +31 (0)40 231 9792 • Rotterdam - Willem Ruyslaan 225 • +31 (0)10 760 2000 • The Hague - Hoefkade 9 • +31 (0)70 762 1000 • Groningen - Boterdiep 9 • +31 (0)50 206 9161 • Maastricht - Sphinxcour 9A • +31 (0)43 711 2235 • info@thestudenthotel.com • www.thestudenthotel.com The Wittenberg Nieuwe Keizersgracht 760, 1018VG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 808 4006 • www.thewittenberg.com • lisa.bouma@thewittenberg.com

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LISTINGS RENOVATION, REFURBISHMENT, INTERIOR

SETTING UP HOME COMMUNICATIONS

Koppig Design Willy den Oudenstraat 4, 3056 AD Rotterdam • www.koppigdesign.com

KPN: www.kpn.com

MORTGAGE CONSULTANTS

Ziggo: www.ziggo.nl

Mortgage Holland by Hypotheek Visie De Waal 20, 5684 PH Best • +31 (0)499 336770 • mortgageholland@hypotheekvisie.nl • www.mortgageholland.nl

ENERGY & GAS: www.gaslicht.com FURNITURE RENTAL

SERVICED HOUSING

Furniture Lease Sint Walburg 20B, 6671 AS, Zetten • +31 (0)488 45 25 86 • info@furniturelease.nl • www.furniturelease.nl •  @furnitureleasemeubelverhuurexpatservice

CS HOUSING Ravellaan 157, 3533 JL Utrecht • +31 (0)30 888 0226 • Keizersgracht 62, 1015 CS Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 570 7977 • info@cshousing.nl • www.cshousing.nl

INTERIOR & STYLING ADVICE

ServicedApartments.nl Gustav Mahlerlaan 50b, 1082 MC Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 723 3490 • info@servicedapartments.nl • www.servicedapartments.nl •  @servicedapartmentsinthenetherlands

Frés Interiors: +31 (0)62 8446 773 • fresinteriors@gmail.com • www.fresinteriors.nl INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

Short Stay Citizens Westerstraat 46, 3016 DH Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 76 705 74 • info@shortstaycitizens.com • www.shortstaycitizens.com •  @shortstaycitizens • Instagram @shortstaycitizens • @Short_Stay_Citizens

Haagsche Schoolvereeniging We are one school with four locations, a Pre-School and a Special Education school. International Education - NSL • Nassaulaan 26, 2514 JT The Hague • +31 (0)70 318 4950

International Education - KSS • Koningin Sophiestraat 24A, 2595 TG The Hague • +31 (0)70 324 3453

The Wittenberg Nieuwe Keizersgracht 760, 1018VG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 808 4006 • www.thewittenberg.com • lisa.bouma@thewittenberg.com

International Education - VHS • van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 1141

UTILITY SERVICE

International Special Education - Lighthouse van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 1141

UButler Prinsengracht 436, 1017 KE Amsterdam • info@ubutler.nl • www.ubutler.nl

International Pre-School Education – Three Little Ships van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 1141 International Education - VNS van Nijenrodestraat 16, 2597 RM The Hague • +31 (0)70 328 1441 • ldean@hsvdenhaag.nl • www.hsvdenhaag.nl/

LAWYERS

FINANCIAL AND TAX ADVISORS

Mynta Law Laan Copes van Cattenburch 88, 2585 GE Den Haag • +31 (0)70 205 1160 • info@mynta.nl • www.mynta.nl •  @myntalaw •  @mynta-law

ABBM Group • www.abbmgroup.com ABN AMRO International Clients +31 (0)20 343 4002 • international.clients@nl.abnamro.com • www.abnamro.nl/expats

MORTGAGE CONSULTANTS

A&H Finance Muiderstraatweg 15B, 1111 PS Diemen • +31 (0)20 4651951 • info@ahfinance.nl • www.ahfinance.amsterdam •  @AHFinanceAmsterdam •  @a&h-finance

Buro Philip van den Hurk Mr. E.N. van Kleffensstraat 4, 6842 CV Arnhem • +31 (0)26 205 1028 • Parklaan 58, 5613 BH Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 246 3265 • www.burophilipvandenhurk.nl

Blue Umbrella Keizersgracht 756, 1017 EZ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 4687560 • info@blueumbrella.nl • www.blueumbrella.nl •  @blue.umbrella.services

Easymortgage.nl IJsselstraat 19, 3401 DJ IJsselstein • +31 (0)30 2374499 • www.easymortgage.nl Expat Morgages Office Amsterdam: Barbara Strozzilaan 101, 1083 HN Amsterdam • Office Eindhoven: Flight Forum 40, 5657 DB Eindhoven • +31 (0)20 7173908 • info@expatmortgages.nl • www.expatmortgages.nl

Dutch Tax Returns Voorschoterweg 23G, 2235 SE Valkenburg ZH (close to Leiden) • +31 (0)(85) 30 32 937 • info@dutchtaxreturns.nl • www.dutchtaxreturns.nl •  @dutchtaxreturns •  @dutch-tax-returns

Freek Mortgage Eindhoven Vestdijk 188, 5611 CZ Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 2114 054 • Aalsterweg 179, 5644 RA Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 2922 222 • eindhoven@freekhypotheek.nl • www.freekhypotheek.nl/eindhoven

Elliot Lloyd World Trade Center, Prinses Margrietplantsoen 33, 2595 AM, The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 4850 • info@elliotlloyd.com • www.elliotlloyd.com Expatax Keizerstraat 3, 3512 EA Utrecht • Stationsplein 91 & 105, 5211 BM ’s-Hertogenbosch • +31 (0)30 246 8536 • info@expatax.nl • www.expatax.nl •  @expatax Independent Expat Finance Dreef 48, 2012 HS Haarlem • +31 (0)23-3030110 • info@inexpatfin.nl • www.inexpatfin.nl •  @independentexpat KPMG Meijburg & Co Professor Dr. Dorgelolaan 30d, 5613 AM Eindhoven • +31 (0)88 909 3239 • Pols-Beurskens.Fanny@kpmg.com • www.meijburg.com Migrantic, tax & immigration lawyers Prinses Beatrixlaan 582, 2595 BM Den Haag • +31 (0)6 27043309 (Immigration) • +31 (0)6 25097409 (Tax) • info@migrantic.com • www.migrantic.com •  @migrantic • @migrantic-tax-&-immigration-layers

Beacon Global Group Europe Ltd/ Beacon Financial Keizersgracht 804E, 1017 ED Amsterdam • +31 (0)858 880 270 • info@beaconfinancialeducation.org • www.beaconfinancialeducation.org •  @beaconfinancialeducation INSURANCES

Orange Tax Keizersgracht 62-64, 1015 CS Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 520 7991 • Zijlstraat 47, 2011 TK Haarlem • +31 (0)20 308 0571 • www.orangetax.com • info@orangetax.nl Rabobank Amsterdam Amstelplein 8, 1096 BC Amsterdam • +31 (0)88 7239597 • www.rabobank.nl/amsterdam • Rabobank Regio Eindhoven • Emmasingel 4, 5611 AZ Eindhoven • +31 (0)(40) 293 60 00 • www.rabobank.nl/eindhoven-veldhoven • FinancieelAdvies.Eindhoven-Veldhoven@rabobank.nl

The TaxSavers Muiderstraatweg 15 B, 1111 PS Diemen • +31 (0)20 217 0120 • info@taxsavers.nl • www.taxsavers.nl •  @thetaxsavers • Instagram @thetaxsavers •  @thetaxsavers

Mortgage Holland by Hypotheek Visie De Waal 20, 5684 PH Best • +31 (0)499 336770 • mortgageholland@hypotheekvisie.nl • www.mortgageholland.nl

FINANCIAL EDUCATION

NAHV Belastingadviseurs B.V. Oostenburgervoorstraat 80, 1511 GJ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 6225509 • mja@nahv.nl • www.nahv.nl/en/ •  @NAHVBelastingadviseurs

Tax Direct Nachtwachtlaan 20, 1058 EA Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 820 8340 • taxteam@taxdirect.nl • www.taxdirect.nl

Hypotheekrente.nl IJsselstraat 19, 3401 DJ IJsselstein • +31 (0)30 237 44 99 • info@hypotheekrente.nl • www.hypotheekrente.nl

Mister Mortgage Brouwersgracht 246H, 1013 HE Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 210 1074 • hi@mistermortgage.nl • www.mistermortgage.nl

Tax Consultants International BV World Trade Center, B-Tower, 3rd Floor, Strawinskylaan 335, 1077 XX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 5709440 • Groothandelsgebouw, Suite B7.029, Stationsplein 45, 3013 AK Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 2010466 • info@taxci.nl • www.taxci.nl

Utility Provider Rivium 4e Straat 3, 2909 LJ Capelle aan den IJssel • +31 (0)10 870 1598 • info@utility-provider.nl • www.utility-provider.nl

Elliot Lloyd World Trade Center, Prinses Margrietplantsoen 33, 2595 AM Den Haag • +31 (0)70 205 4850 • info@elliotlloyd.com • www.elliotlloyd.com •  @ElliotLloydInt IAK Insurances & Financial Services Beukenlaan 70, 5651 CD Eindhoven • High Tech Campus 1, (The Strip), Building Code C, 5656 AE Eindhoven • www.iak.nl LAWYERS SliepenbeekVanCoolwijkVanGaalen -D  e Lairessestraat 151, 1075 HK Amsterdam • +31 (0)88 909 4921 • pmontanus@scg-advocaten.nl • www.scg-advocaten.nl - Parklaan 54, 5613 BH Eindhoven • +31 (0)88 909 4900 • cvandervegt@scg-advocaten.nl • www.scg-advocaten.nl •  @SCGadvocaten NOTARIES Mr MJ Meijer Notarissen Keizersgracht 695–699, 1017 DW Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 531 7070 • info@meijernotarissen.nl • www.meijernotarissen.nl •  @meijernotarissen STARTING A BUSINESS Business.gov.nl Blaak 40, 3011 TA Rotterdam • +31 (0)6 15327524 • hadiss.yousefi@kvk.nl • www.business.gov.nl

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EDUCATION

Groningse Schoolvereniging Sweelincklaan 4, 9722 JV Groningen • +31 (0)50 5270818 • www.g-s-v.nl

BUSINESS EDUCATION

Haagsche Schoolvereeniging We are one school with four locations, a Pre-School and a Special Education school.

Amsterdam Business School - University of Amsterdam Plantage Muidergracht 12, 1018 TV Amsterdam • MBA: +31 (0)20 525 5655 • MIF: +31 (0)20 525 4056 • admissions-abs@uva.nl • www.abs.uva.nl • Maastricht School of Management (MSM) • Endepolsdomein 150, 6229 EP Maastricht • +31 (0)43 870808 • info@msm.nl • www.msm.nl Maastricht University School of Business and Economics Tongersestraat 53, 6211 LM Maastricht • +31 (0)43 387 0808 • info@maastrichtmba.com • www.maastrichtuniversity.nl Nyenrode Business Universiteit Straatweg 25, 3621 BG Breukelen • +31 (0)34 629 1211 • www.nyenrode.nl Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Bayle building, 3062 PA Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 4082222 • ldimitriou@rsm.nl • www.rsm.nl/mba Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences Kralingse Zoom 91, 3063 ND Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 794 6229 • +31 (0)6 2150 2419 • m.s.elenbaas@hr.nl • www.rotterdambusinessschool.nl TIAS School for Business and Society Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg • +31 (0)13 466 86 00 • Horsten 1, 5612 AX Eindhoven • Kromme Nieuwegracht 39, 3512 HD Utrecht • +31 (0)13 466 8600 • www.tias.edu The Hague University of Applied Sciences Main campus at Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, 2521 EN The Hague • Delft campus at Rotterdamseweg 137, 2628 AL Delft • Laan van Poot campus at Laan van Poot 363, 2566 DA The Hague • Zoetermeer campus at Bleiswijkseweg 37, 2712 PB Zoetermeer • www.thehagueuniversity.com Webster Leiden Campus Boommarkt 1, 2311 EA, Leiden • +31 (0)70 5168000 • admissions@webster.nl • www.webster.nl CREATIVE HIGHER EDUCATION SAE Institute Amsterdam Johan van Hasseltweg 31, 1021 KN Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 435 0655 • amsterdam@sae.edu • www.sae.edu MMS Worldwide Institute Keizersgracht 64, 1015 CS Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 4254 0007 • office@themms.com • www.themmsinstitute.com COMPANY TRAINING & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in2motivation Amstelveenseweg 739, 1081 JE Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 737 0312 • info@in2motivation.com • www.in2motivation.com Koach.net Weesperstraat 61, 1018 VN Amsterdam • www.koach.net • contact@koach.net •  @koach.net DRIVING LESSONS Rijschool Dekker Hertogstraat 38, 5611 PB Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 444 44 44 • info@rijschooldekker.nl • www.rijschooldekker.nl •  @rijschooldekker • Instagram @rijschooldekkereindhoven INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS Amity International School Amsterdam Amsterdamseweg 204, 1182 HL Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 345 44 81 • enquiries@amity.amsterdam • www.amityschool.nl •  @AmitySchoolNL Amstelland International School Asserring 93, 1187 SM Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 820 9091 • www.amstelland-international-school.nl Amsterdam International Community School Main Campus: Prinses Irenestraat 59, 1077 WV Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 577 1240 • South East Campus: Darlingstraat 2, 1102 MX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 723 5280 • Primary School AICS Satellite: Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 130, 1082 LP Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 723 4830 • infosatellite@aics.espritscholen.nl • www.aics.espritscholen.nl Florencius International School De Savornin Lohmanlaan 2, 1181 XM Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 640 81 18 • info@florencius.nl • www.florenciusinternationalschool.nl •  @florenciusinternationalschool • instagram @ florenciusinternationalschool •  @Florencius B.V.

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International Education - NSL Nassaulaan 26, 2514 JT The Hague • +31 (0)70 318 4950 International Education - KSS Koningin Sophiestraat 24A, 2595 TG The Hague • +31 (0)70 324 3453 International Education - VHS van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 1141 International Special Education - Lighthouse van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 1141 International Pre-School Education – Three Little Ships van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 1141 International Education - VNS van Nijenrodestraat 16,: 2597 RM The Hague • +31 (0)70 328 1441 • ldean@hsvdenhaag.nl • www.hsvdenhaag.nl/ Haarlemmermeer Lyceum Baron de Coubertinlaan 2, 2134 CH Haarlem • +31 (0)23 563 1644 • info@haarlemmermeerlyceum.nl • www.haarlemmermeerlyceum.nl •  @haarlemmermeerlyceumtto •  @haarlemmermeerlyceum International Primary School Almere A. Roland Holststraat 58, 1321 RX Almere • +31 (0)36 5367 240 • www.ipsalmere.nl International School of Amsterdam (K-12) Sportlaan 45, 1185 TB Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 347 1111 • www.isa.nl International School Eerde (K-12; also boarding) Kasteellaan 1, 7731 PJ Ommen • +31 (0)529 451 452 • info@eerde.nl • www.eerde.nl •  @ISEerde International School Haarlem Primary dept.: Schreveliusstraat 27, 2014 XP Haarlem • Primary Department- Upper primary: Oorkondelaan 65, 2033 MN Haarlem • Secondary Department: Oorkondelaan 65, 2033 MN Haarlem • +31 (0)23 220 0001 • info@internationalschoolhaarlem.nl •  @internationalschoolhaarlem International School Hilversum Alberdingk Thijm (Primary & Secondary school) Emmastraat 56, 1213 AL Hilversum • +31 (0)35 672 9931 • www.ishilversum.nl •  @ishilversum International School Utrecht Van Bijnkershoeklaan 8, 3527 XL Utrecht • +31 (0)30 8700 400 • info@isutrecht.nl • www.isutrecht.nl • instagram @isutrecht •  @isutrecht •  @isutrecht •  International School Utrecht International Waldorf School The Hague (IWSTH) 2e Messtraat 31, 2586 XA Den Haag • +31 (0)70 7830030 • info@iwsth.org • www.internationalwaldorfschool.nl •  @IWSTH • Instagram @international_waldorf_school •  @international-waldorf-school-the-hague Interteach Elementary Bosscheweg 76, Boxtel, Postbus 286, 5060 AG Oisterwijk • +31 (0)30 7440 647 • info@interteachelementary.com • www.interteachexpat.com Nedles Derde Oosterparkstraat 271, 1092 EA Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 846 0011 • info@nedles.nl • www.nedles.com •  @nedlesnl Instagram @nedles_learndutch  @NedLes Optimist International School Waddenweg 87, 2134 XL Hoofddorp • +31 (0)23 3035924 • info@optimist-international-school.nl • www.optimist-international-school.nl •  @optimist.international.school • instagram @optimist_international_school •  @Optimist International School Supreme College Nederland Koning Willemstraat 1, 1901 CA Castricum • +31 (0)251 652571 • info@supremecollege.nl • www.supremecollege.nl •  @supremecollegenederland The British School of Amsterdam (K-12) Early Years & School Office: Anthonie van Dijckstraat 1, 1077 ME Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 7840 • Infant School: Jan van Eijckstraat 21, 1077 LG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 3060 • Junior & Senior School: Fred. Roeskestraat 94a, 1076 ED Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 0183 • info@britams.nl • www.britams.nl •  @BritishSchoolofAmsterdam

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LISTINGS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS LISTING * Means subsidised by the Dutch Ministry of Education. All subsidised international secondary schools teaching grades 6 (or7) -12 offer the IB Diploma Programme in the last two years of secondary school. ALKMAAR AREA

The European School of The Hague * (K-12) Primary Campus: Houtrustweg 2, 2566 HA DenHaag Secondary Campus: Oostduinlaan 50, 2596 JP Den Haag • +31(0)70 700 1600 • www.eshthehague.nl Secondary Department at RLW *: Backershagenlaan 5, 2243 AB Wassenaar • +31 (0)70 511 0400 • info@rijnlandslyceum-rlw.nl

ALMERE International Primary School Almere * (K-5) Roland Holststraat 58, 1321 RX Almere • +31 (0)36 536 7240 • www.ipsalmere.nl DELFT International School Delft * Primary School at Jaffalaan 9, 2628 BX Delft • +31 (0)15 285 0038 • www.isdelft.com

Deutsche Internationale Schule (German School) Van Bleiswijkstraat 125, 2582 LB Den Haag • +31 (0)70 354 9454 • www.disdh.nl

International Primary School Almere * (K-5) Roland Holststraat 58, 1321 RX Almere • +31 (0)36 536 7240 • www.ipsalmere.nl

Le Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh Scheveningseweg 237, 2584 AA Den Haag • +31(0)70 306 6920• www.lyceevangogh.nl

International School Almere (Secondary) * (gr 6-12) Heliumweg 61, 1362 JA Almere-Poort • +31 (0)36 760 0750 • www.internationalschoolalmere.nl

American School of The Hague (also IB Diploma) (pre K-12) Rijksstraatweg 200, 2241 BX Wassenaar • +31 (0)70 512 1060 • www.ash.nl The British School in the Netherlands (BSN) (pre K-12) (also IBDP , and IBCP in Business and Hospitality) Admissions and Enquiries: +31 (0)70 315 4077 • www.britishschool.nl Junior Schools BSN: Age range 3-11 • Vlaskamp 19, 2592 AA Den Haag • Diamanthorst 16, 2592 GH Den Haag • Vrouw Avenweg 640, 2493 WZ Den Haag-Leidschenveen. Senior Schools BSN (also IB Diploma and IBCP): Age range 11-18 • Jan van Hooflaan 3, 2252 BG Voorschoten • +31 (0)71 560 2222 • Vrouw Avenweg 640, 2493 WZ Den Haag-Leidschenveen • +31 (0)70 315 4050 • www.britishschool.nl

AMSTERDAM AREA NEW! Amstelland International School * (primary) Asserring 93, 1187 SM Amstelveen • igbo@amstelland.nl • +31 (0)20 8209 091 Amsterdam International Community School (K-12)* Main location: Prinses Irenestraat 59, 1077 WV Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 577 1240 Satellite Location: A J Ernststraat 130, 1082 LP Amsterdam South-East Location: President Brandstraat 29, 1091 XS Amsterdam (South East) • www.aics.espritscholen.nl

The Indonesian Embassy School in the Netherlands Rijksstraatweg 679, 2245 CB Wassenaar • +31 (0)70 517 8875 • www.sekolahindonesia.nl

Florencius International School (Primary) De Savornin Lohmanlaan 2, 1181 XM Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 640 8118 • florenciusinternationalschool.nl

HAARLEM

International School of Amsterdam (K-12) Sportlaan 45, 1185 TB Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 347 1111 • www.isa.nl The British School of Amsterdam (K-12) Early Years & School Office: Anthonie van Dijckstraat 1, 1077 ME Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 7840 • Infant School: Jan van Eijckstraat 21, 1077 LG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 3060 • Junior & Senior School: Fred. Roeskestraat 94a, 1076 ED Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 0183 • www.britams.nl The school will move to a new schoolbuilding in the summer of 2021, Amity International School Amsterdam Amsterdamseweg 204, 1182 HL Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 345 4481 • www.amityschool.nl

International School Haarlem * Primary dept. : Schreveliusstraat 27, 2014 XP Haarlem Secondary dept. and sr primary: Oorkondelaan 65, 2033 MN Haarlem • +31 (0)23 220 0001 • www.internationalschoolhaarlem.nl Florencius International School (Primary) Florapark 1, 2012 HK Haarlem • +31 (0)23 767 6049 • florenciusinternationalschool.nl HOOFDDORP The Optimist International Primary School * Deltaweg 109, 2134 XS Hoofddorp • +31 (0)23 561 9187 • www.obsoptimist.nl HILVERSUM International School Hilversum AT* (Primary & Secondary school) Emmastraat 56, 1213 AL Hilversum • +31 (0)35 672 9931 • www.ishilversum.nl

The Japanese School of Amsterdam Karel Klinkenbergstraat 137, 1061 AL Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 611 8136 • www.jsa.nl Annexe du Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh Rustenburgerstraat 246, 1073 GK Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 644 6507 • www.lyceevangogh.nl ARNHEM

International Primary School Hilversum* Rembrandtlaan 30, 1213 BH Hilversum • Frans Halslaan 57A, 1213 BK Hilversum • Minckelersstraat 36 , 1221 KH Hilversum • +31 (0)35 621 6053 • www.ipshilversum.nl LAREN

Rivers International School Arnhem (K-12) * Parnassusstraat 20, 6846 RB Arnhem • +31 (0)26 320 2840 • www.riversarnhem.org

Florencius International School (Primary) Leemzeulder 29, 1251 AM Laren • +31 (0)35 691 2525 • www.florenciusinternationalschool.nl

BREDA

International Secondary School Laren (Sec) * Langsakker 4, 1251 GB Laren • +31 (0)35 539 5422 • www.islaren.nl

International School Breda (K-12) * Mozartlaan 27, 4837 EH Breda • +31 (0)76 560 7870 • www.internationalschoolbreda.nl

LEIDEN AREA LEIDERDORP

BRUNSSUM (Limburg) Afnorth International School Ferdinand Bolstraat 1, 6445 EE Brunssum • +31 (0)45 527 8221 • www.afnorth-is.com Secondary School at Colijnlaan2, 2613 VZ Delft • +31 (0)15 285 0038, press 1 • www.internationalschooldelft.org

Leiden International Primary School * Klimopzoom 41, 2353 RE Leiderdorp • +31 (0)71 589 2945 • www.elckerlyc-international.nl OEGSTGEEST

EERDE (near Zwolle)

International secondary dept. at Het Rijnlands Lyceum * Apollolaan 1, 2341 BA Oegstgeest • +31 (0)71 519 3555 • www.isrlo.nl

Eerde International Boarding School (K-12) Kasteellaan 1, 7731 PJ Ommen • +31 (0)529 451 452 • www.eerde.nl

MAASTRICHT

EINDHOVEN

United World College Maastricht (pre K-12) * Discusworp 65, 6225 XP Maastricht NL • +31 (0)43 241 0410 • www.uwcmaastricht.nl

International School Eindhoven * (K-12) Oirschotsedijk 14B, 5651 GC Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 251 9437 • www.isecampus.nl

ROTTERDAM

ENSCHEDE

De Blijberg International Primary Dept. * Graaf Florisstraat 56, 3021 CJ Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 448 2266 • international.blijberg.nl

International School Twente (IST) * (K-12) Primary Dept. at Prinseschool: Johannes Ter Horststraat 30, 7513 ZH Enschede • +31 (0)53 206 8035 Secondary Dept.at the Stedelijk College: Tiemeister 20, 7541 WG Enschede • +31 (0)53 482 1100 • www.istwente.com

Rotterdam International Secondary School * Junior Campus: Bentincklaan 294, 3039 Rotterdam Senior Campus: Schimmelpenninckstraat 23, 3039 KS Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 890 7749 • riss.wolfert.nl

GRONINGEN International Schools Groningen * Primary Dept. at Groningse Schoolvereniging • Sweelincklaan 4, 9722 JV Groningen • +31 (0)50 527 0818 • www.g-s-v.nl • Secondary Dept. at IS Groningen: Rijksstraatweg 24, 9752 AE Haren • +31 (0)50 534 0084 • www.isgroningen.nl HSV International Primary Schools * Nassaulaan 26, 2514 JT Den Haag • +31 (0)70 318 4950 Koningin Sophielaan 24a, 2595 TG Den Haag • +31 (0)70 324 3453 Van Nijenrodestraat 16, 2597 RM Den Haag • +31 (0)70 328 1441 Van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ Den Haag • +31 (0)070 385 7685 Admissions: +31(0)70 324 3453 • www.hsvdenhaag.nl

International Primary Waldorfschool The Hague* 2e Messstraat, 312586 XA Den Haag • +31 (0)70 783 0030 • www.internationalwaldorfschool.nl International School of The Hague (K-12) * Wijndaelerduin 1, 2554 BX Den Haag • +31 (0)70 328 1450 • www.ishthehague.nl

The European School Molenweidtje 5, 1862 BC Bergen NH • +31 (0)72 589 0109 • www.esbergen.eu

THE HAGUE AREA (Den Haag)

Lighthouse Special Education (Primary) * Curriculum: Individual SEN-program taught in English Van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ Den Haag • +31 (0)70 335 5698 • www.lighthousese.nl

Nord Anglia International School of Rotterdam (K-12) Verhulstlaan 21, 3055 WJ Rotterdam • +31(0)10 422 5351 • www.naisr.nl The Japanese School of Rotterdam Verhulstlaan 19, 3055 WJ Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 422 1211 • www.jsrotte.nl UTRECHT International School Utrecht (K-12) * Primary Dept.: Van Bijnkershoeklaan 8, 3527 XL Utrecht • Secondary Dept: Grebbeberglaan 25, 3527 VX Utrecht • +31 (0)30 870 0400 • www.isutrecht.nl List provided by: Willemijn van Oppen-Stuyt, Principal of Educaide • +31 65 598 8998 • info@educaide.nl • www.educaide.nl

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LANGUAGE SCHOOLS Alliance Française Amsterdam Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 523 07 42 • comm@afamsterdam.nl • www.afamsterdam.nl/en/ •  @Alliance Française Amsterdam • Instagram @alliancefrancaiseamsterdam •  @Alliance Française Amsterdam

Think Smart English Raambrug 28a, 5531 AG Bladel • +31 (0)497 769 065 • info@thinksmartenglish.nl • www.thinksmartenglish.com •  @thinksmartenglish

Direct Dutch Institute Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 275, 2593 BS Den Haag • +31 (0)70 365 4677 • info@directdutch.com • www.directdutch.com

Una Paloma Blanca P.Czn. Hooftlaan 14, 5611 NV Eindhoven • +31 (0)6 5789 5656 • info@unapalomablanca.com • www.unapalomablanca.nl

Dutch Courses Amsterdam Katakura WBLC Havikshorst 30, 1083 TT Amsterdam • Egelantiersstraat 126, 1015 PR Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 21530814 • katakurawblc@gmail.com • www.katakura-wblc.nl •  @DutchCoursesKatakura

Ute’s International Lounge Aagje Dekenkade 2, 2251 ZV Voorschoten • +31 (0)650601984 • info@UtesInternationalLounge.com • www.UtesInternationalLounge.com •  @UtesInternationalLounge

Dutch Courses Amsterdam Postjesweg 57, 1057 DW Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 54992219 • www.dutchcoursesamsterdam.nl •  @DutchCoursesAmsterdam

UvA Talen Language Centre Roetersstraat 25, 1018 WB Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 525 4637 • trainers@uvatalen.nl • www.uvatalen.nl • www.thelanguageacademy.nl •  @uvatalen @ thelanguageacademyNL

Dutch First Niasstraat 1, 3531 WR Utrecht • +31 (0)30 29 19 884 • info@dutchfirst.nl • www.dutchfirst.nl •  @dutchfirst Dutch Ready – private Dutch Lessons at home • www.DutchReady.com easyNL Roelofspad 10, 5645 JG Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 211 3101 • info@easyNL.nl • www.easynl.nl Flowently; private and in-company Dutch courses, live and online lessons Azartplein 79, 1019 PB Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 4133 9323 • info@flowently.com • www.flowently.com •  @flowently iplus1 Tjalklaan 43, Rotterdam • +31 (0)6 43 95 63 55 • info@iplus1.nl • www.iplus1.nl • @iplus.nl

Helpdesk State Exams Dutch as a Second Language Valckenierstraat 65, 1018 XE Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 5253 844 • marianne.vanderlinden@itta.uva.nl • www.staatsexamensnt2.nl Kickstart School B.V. Koninginnegracht 62, 2514 AG Den Haag • +31 (0)70 360 7860 • info@kickstartschool.nl • www.kickstartschool.nl •  @kslanguages Language Institute Regina Coeli B.V. Martinilaan 12, 5262 BR Vught • +31 (0)73 684 8790 • hello@reginacoeli.nl • www.reginacoeli.com •  @ReginaCoeliNL

LANGUAGE WEBSHOP Dutch I presume +31 (0)10 798 6018 • info@dutchipresume.com • www.dutchipresume.com (CORPORATE) TRAINING Outspoken Communication +31 (0)88 1119 333 • info@outspokencommunication.com • www.outspokencommunication.com Ute’s International Lounge Aagje Dekenkade 2, 2251 ZV Voorschoten • +31 (0)650601984 • info@UtesInternationalLounge.com • www.UtesInternationalLounge.com •  @UtesInternationalLounge RELOCATION HELP PAS BMS Immigration and Relocation serv. Schoutenlaan 62, 2215ME Voorhout • +31 (0)25 234 7876 • info@pasbms.com • www.pasbms.com •  @pasbms The Hague International Centre City Hall (Atrium) Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag • +31 (0)70 3535043 • internationalcentre@denhaag.nl • www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl •  @thehagueinternationalcentre

Nedles Derde Oosterparkstraat 271, 1092 EA Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 846 0011 • info@nedles.nl • www.nedles.com •  @nedlesnl • Instagram @nedles_learndutch  @NedLes

Young Expat Services Krommepad 5j, 1251 HP Laren • +31 (0)6 14366 627 • info@youngexpatservices.nl • www.youngexpatservices.nl

Openbaar Onderwijs aan de Amstel Ruysdaelkade 215, 1072 AW Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 5776040 • www.ooada.nl

STUDY COACHING SERVICES

SkypeLanguageSchool.net Rainstrasse 79, 8143 Stallikon, Switzerland • +31 (0)6 554 70051 • info@skypelanguageschool.net • www.skypelanguageschool.net •  @skypelanguageschool.net Instagram @skype_languageschool •  @skype-language-school STE Languages Aalsterweg 3, 5615 CA Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 245 28 60 • info@ste.nl • www.ste.nl Taalhuis Amsterdam Sint Nicolaasstraat 59, 1012 NJ Amsterdam • Muiderstraat 24, 1011 RC Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 14 303 131 • info@taalhuisamsterdam.nl • www.taalhuisamsterdam.nl •  @taalhuisamsterdam • Instagram @taalhuis Taalthuis +31 (0)23 3050 305 • info@taalthuis.nl • www.taalthuis.nl •  @taalthuis Talencoach Keizersgracht 8, 1015 CN Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 331 3738 • www.talencoach.nl • www.dutchflownow.nl

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Talenmeester Kruisweg 620, 2132 CH Hoofddorp • info@talenmeester.nl • www.talenmeester.nl

Studie Nanny at Home Soestdijkseweg Zuid 244, 3721 AJ Bilthoven • Tein 030 - 274 04 30 • info@studienannyathome.nl • www.studienannyathome.nl •  @studienannyathome EXPAT INFORMATION DutchNews.nl • www.dutchnews.nl •  @dutchnews XPat Media / The XPat Journal Van Boetzelaerlaan 153, 2581 AR Den Haag • +31 (0)70 306 33 10 • +31 (0)650234125 • www.xpat.nl • Magazine: magazine.xpat.nl •  @xpatmedia FINANCIAL TRAINING Blue Umbrella Keizersgracht 756, 1017 EZ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 4687560 • info@blueumbrella.nl • www.blueumbrella.nl •  @blue.umbrella.services WRITING WORKSHOP Amsterdam Writing Workshops Damrak 367, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam • +31 (0)62 502 0817 • info@amsterdamwriting.com • www.amsterdamwriting.com

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LISTINGS SUBSIDISED EDUCATION

FAMILY

The British School of Amsterdam (K-12) Early Years & School Office: Anthonie van Dijckstraat 1, 1077 ME Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 7840 • Infant School: Jan van Eijckstraat 21, 1077 LG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 3060 • Junior & Senior School: Fred. Roeskestraat 94a, 1076 ED Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 679 0183 • info@britams.nl • www.britams.nl •  @BritishSchoolofAmsterdam

BABYSITTING Charly Cares ‘s-Gravenhekje 1A – 2nd floor, 1011 TG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 210 2323 • info@charlycares.com • www.charlycares.com

SPORT

CHILDCARE Hestia Early Learning Centre Uiterwaardenstraat 542, 1079 DE Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 6618710 • planning.plaatsing@hestiakinderopvang.nl • www.hestiakinderopvang.nl/en/locations/ Korein Kinderplein Kanaaldijk-Zuid 5a, 5613 LE Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 294 8940 • klantadvies@korein.nl • www.koreinkinderplein.nl

David Lloyd - Overtoom 557, 1054 LK Amsterdam +31 (0)88 020 21 03 • amsterdam@davidlloyd.nl - Peter Zuidlaan 30, 5502 NH Veldhoven +31 (0)40 253 8125 • mship.eindhoven@davidlloyd.nl • www.davidlloyd.nl •  @DavidLloydClubs (Amsterdam) Eindhoven Sport +31 (0)40 238 1151 • sport@eindhoven.nl • www.eindhovensport.nl

Nanny Nina BV Hendrik Figeeweg 1-P, 2031 BJ Haarlem • +31 (0)6 8326 1116 • aupair@nannynina.nl • info@nannynina.nl • www.nannynina.nl •  @NannyNinaGlobal • Instagram @nannynina_aupair •  www.linkedin.com/company/10546308

KNCB - Royal Netherlands Cricket Board info@cricket.nl • www.cricket.nl •  @KNCB The Little Gym Amsterdam & Den Haag & Haarlem - Amsterdam: Henkenshage 4, 1083 BX Amsterdam +31 (0)20 404 0798 - Den Haag: Koningin Julianalaan 343, Den Haag +31 (0)70 300 0992 - Haarlem: Zijlweg 148A, 2015 BJ Haarlem +31 (0)23 576 7316 • amsterdam@thelittlegym.nl • www.thelittlegym.eu/nl-en

Partou Kinderopvang Sportlaan 1, 4131 NN Vianen • +31 (0)88 235 7550 • klantenservice@partou.nl • www.partou.nl •  @partou.kinderopvang • Instagram @partou-bv Villa Bloom Loosduinse Hoofdstraat 536, 2562 BE Den Haag • Beeklaan 535a, 2562 BE Den Haag • Utenbroekestraat 4, 2597 PH Den Haag • Thomsonlaan 17c, 2565 KX Den Haag Buurtweg 16, 2244 AD Wassenaar • +31 (0)70 820 0542 • info@villabloom.nl • www.villabloom.nl •  @villa.bloom

Your Personal Swim Coach Amsterdam, Den Haag, Diemen, Eindhoven, Leiden, Rotterdam, Voorschoten, Zoeterwoude • +31 (0)6 1946 8131 • info@your-personal-swim-coach.nl • www.your-personal-swim-coach.nl •  @Your.Personal.Swim.Coach ONLINE FOOD DELIVERY

CHURCHES Crossroads International Church +31 (0)20 545 14444 • info@xrds.nl • www.xrds.nl •  @Crossroads International Church • Instagram @XRDS Church •  @Crossroads International Church

HelloFresh Nederland • www.hellofresh.nl Spaklerweg 50-52, 1099 BC Amsterdam +31 (0)20 760 2014 •  @HelloFreshNL NUTRITION CONSULTING

ENTERTAINMENT

EatLiveLoveFood +31 (0)6 3055 4729 • info@eatlivelovefood.com • www.eatlivelovefood.com

A Dutch Experience Oude Enghweg 32, 1217 JD, Hilversum • +31 (0)35 62 12 825 • info@adutchexperience.com • www. adutchexperience.com •  @adutchexperience

MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHY

GROUPS AND CLUBS

Mark Media & Art Entrepodok 117, 1018 AD Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 2853 3924 • info@markmedia.nl • www.markmedia.nl

American Women’s Club of The Hague Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan 43, 2582 NJ, Den Haag • +31 070 350 6007 • info@awcthehague.org • www.awcthehague.org •  @AWCTheHague

Sassen en Verstraaten Dorpsweg 147, 1676 GJ Twisk • +31 (0)22 754 1080 • M: +31 (0)6 4101 7798 • www. studiotwisk.nl • www.sassen-verstraaten.nl

HOUSING

Profile Studio Willem van Hillegaersbergstraat 50, 3051 Rotterdam • +31 (0)6 2529 9091 • info@profilestudio.nl • www.profilestudio.nl

CS HOUSING Ravellaan 157, 3533 JL Utrecht • +31 (0)30 888 0226 • Keizersgracht 62, 1015 CS Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 570 7977 • info@cshousing.nl • www.cshousing.nl ExpatRentals Panamalaan 5-F, 1019 AS Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 470 0749 • info@expatrentals.com • www.expatrentals.com •  @expatrentalsamsterdam The Wittenberg Nieuwe Keizersgracht 760, 1018VG Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 808 4006 • www.thewittenberg.com • lisa.bouma@thewittenberg.com INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Amity International School Amsterdam Amsterdamseweg 204, 1182 HL Amstelveen • +31 (0)20 345 44 81 • enquiries@amity.amsterdam • www.amityschool.nl •  @AmitySchoolNL Haagsche Schoolvereeniging We are one school with four locations, a Pre-School and a Special Education school. International Education - NSL Nassaulaan 26, 2514 JT The Hague • +31 (0)70 318 4950 International Education - KSS Koningin Sophiestraat 24A, 2595 TG The Hague • +31 (0)70 324 3453 International Education - VHS van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 1141 International Special Education - Lighthouse van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 1141 International Pre-School Education – Three Little Ships van Heutszstraat 12, 2593 PJ The Hague • +31 (0)70 205 1141 International Education - VNS van Nijenrodestraat 16,: 2597 RM The Hague • +31 70 328 1441 • ldean@hsvdenhaag.nl • www.hsvdenhaag.nl/ International School Eerde (K-12; also boarding) Kasteellaan 1, 7731 PJ Ommen • +31 (0)529 451 452 • info@eerde.nl • www.eerde.nl •  @ISEerde International Waldorf School The Hague (IWSTH) 2e Messtraat 31, 2586 XA Den Haag • +31 (0)70 7830030 • info@iwsth.org • www.internationalwaldorfschool.nl •  @IWSTH • Instagram @international_waldorf_school  @international-waldorf-school-the-hague PRIVATE EDUCATION Flowently; private and in-company Dutch courses, live and online lessons Azartplein 79, 1019 PB Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 4133 9323 • info@flowently.com • www.flowently.com •  @flowently Interteach Elementary Bosscheweg 76, Boxtel, Postbus 286, 5060 AG Oisterwijk • +31 (0)30-7440647 • info@interteachelementary.com • www.interteachexpat.com Studie Nanny at Home Soestdijkseweg Zuid 244, 3721 AJ Bilthoven • Tel: 030 - 274 04 30 • info@studienannyathome.nl • www.studienannyathome.nl •  @studienannyathome

Typical Dutch Art Freesiaberg 29, 4708 CE Roosendaal • +31 (0)6 2120 7895 • www.typicaldutchart.nl LEGAL ADVISORS & NOTARIES Gelijk Advocaten Smalle Haven 151, 5211 TK Den Bosch • +31 (0)73 750 2828 • info@gelijkadvocaten.nl • www.gelijkadvocaten.nl •  @gelijkadvocaten •  @gelijkadvocaten GMW lawyers Scheveningseweg 52, 2517 KW Den Haag • info@gmw.nl • www.legalexpatdesk.nl • @legalexpatdesk

Mr MJ Meijer Notarissen Keizersgracht 695–699, 1017 DW Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 531 7070 • info@meijernotarissen.nl • www.meijernotarissen.nl •  @meijernotarissen Mynta Law Benoordenhoutseweg 43, 2596 BC Den Haag • +31 (0)70 205 1162 • info@mynta.nl • www.mynta.nl ScheerSanders Advocaten Nassauplein 36, 2585 ED Den Haag • +31 (0)70 365 9933 • info@scheer.nl • www.scheersanders.nl •  @scheersanders •  @scheersanders-advocaten SliepenbeekVanCoolwijkVanGaalen - De Lairessestraat 151, 1075 HK Amsterdam +31 (0)88 909 4921 • pmontanus@scg-advocaten.nl - Parklaan 54, 5613 BH Eindhoven +31 (0)88 909 4900 • cvandervegt@scg-advocaten.nl www.scg-advocaten.nl •  @SCGadvocaten RELOCATION HELP ACCESS Lange Voorhout 12, 2514 ED Den Haag +31 (0)85 4000 338 • helpdesk@access-nl.org • www.access-nl.org •  @ACCESSNL • Instagram @access.nl •  @ACCESS-Netherlands The Hague International Centre City Hall (Atrium) Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag • +31 (0)70 3535043 • internationalcentre@denhaag.nl • www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl •  @thehagueinternationalcentre PAS BMS Immigration and Relocation serv. Schoutenlaan 62, 2215ME Voorhout • +31 (0)25 234 7876 • info@pasbms.com • www.pasbms.com •  @pasbms Ute’s International Lounge Aagje Dekenkade 2, 2251 ZV Voorschoten • +31 06 50601984 • info@UtesInternationalLounge.com • www.utesinternationallounge.com •  @UtesInternationalLounge • Instagram @utesintlounge •  @Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold Young Expat Services Krommepad 5j, 1251 HP Laren • +31(0)6 14366627 • info@youngexpatservices.nl • www.youngexpatservices.nl

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HEALTHCARE CHIROPRACTICES Chiropractisch Centrum voor Rug & Nek (Back & Bone) • Stratumsedijk 18, 5611 ND Eindhoven +31 (0)40 211 3600 • info@rugcentrum.nl • www.chiropractie-vanbeest.nl De Ruggesteun Chiropractic - Klaroenstraat 2, 2287 CK Rijswijk • +31 (0)70 3945 614 - Kiekendiefstraat 17, 2496 RP Ypenburg - Den Haag +31 (0)70 – 394 56 14 www.deruggesteun.nl/en/ • info@deruggesteun.nl •  @www.deruggesteun.nl Embody Health Chiropractie Euromarkt 6, 2408 BM Alphen a/d Rijn Jan van Galenstraat 301B, 1056 CB Amsterdam Snijdersbergweg 97, 1105 AN Amsterdam +31 (0)6 4070 8905 • info@embodyhealth.nl • www.embodyhealth.nl •  @embodyhealth.nl Pure Health Chiropractic Stadionweg 288, 1076 PG Amsterdam +31 (0)20 2332168 • info@purehealthchiropractic.nl • www.purehealthchiropractic.nl INSURANCE For more information about your specific situation, you can contact the following: • College for Health Insurances: 020 797 8555. • Sociale Verzekeringsbank: www.svb.nl Under contact, type your postcode and get the phone number for your area and specific situation (for questions regarding social security).

Dental Factory Jan van Galenstraat 171, 1056 BS Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 618 0074 • info@dentalfactory.nl • www.dentalfactory.nl •  @dentalfactoryamsterdam Lassus Tandartsen - Lassusstraat 9, 1075 GV Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 471 3137 - Keizersgracht 132, 1015 CW Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 422 1912 - Stadionplein 125, 1076 CK Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 210 4007 info@lassustandartsen.nl • www.lassustandartsen.nl •  @lassustandartsen Lassus Tandartsen Oisterwijk Moergestelseweg 32L,5062 JW Oisterwijk +31 (0)13 5210 660 • Oisterwijk@lassus.nl • www.lassustandartsenoisterwijk.nl Lassus Tandartsen Lelystad Middendreef 273, 8233 GT Lelystad • +31 (0)32 0331 660 • Lelystad@lassus.nl • www.lassustandartsenlelystad.nl Mondzorg De Kleine Wetering Kastelenstraat 111, 1082 EB Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 6440 448 • mondzorg@dekleinewetering.nl • www.dekleinewetering.nl •  @mondzorgdekleinewetering Mondzorg Praktijk Zuidas Strawinskylaan 227, 1077 XX Amsterdam +31 (0)20 676 7606 • www.mondzorgpraktijkzuidas.nl •  @mondzorgpraktijkzuidas Orthodontie Museumplein Teniersstraat 2 hs, 1071 DX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 7235 5222 • info@orthodontiemuseumplein.nl • www.orthodontiemuseumplein.nl

INSURANCE PROVIDERS www.independer.nl

Tandartsenpraktijk Jesse Stadionweg 73, 1077 SE Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 676 2030 • info@tandartsenpraktijkjesse.nl • www.tandartsenpraktijkjesse.nl •  @tandartsenpraktijkjesseamsterdam

HEALTH CONTACTS

EXPAT COACHING & THERAPY

• ACCESS: www.access-nl.org – ACCESS publishes several online information guides. • Doula: www.doula.nl • H4i/ Healthcare for internationals Tilburgseweg-West 100, 5652 NP Eindhoven info@h4i.nl • www.h4i.nl •  @H4internationals • Homecare (thuiszorg): www.thuiszorg.startpagina.nl • Midwives: www.knov.nl • The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG): www.knmg.nl MEDICAL The emergency number for fire, police and ambulance is 112. HOSPITAL A hospital is a “ziekenhuis” and a complete list of hospitals and medical centres for the Netherlands can be found at www.ziekenhuis.nl PHARMACY To locate an apotheek, visit www.apotheek.nl DOCTOR Don’t wait for an emergency before registering with a family doctor. Find one at www.zorgkaartnederland.nl/huisarts Expat Medical Service (Central Doctors) De Ruijterkade 24a, 1012 NA Amsterdam +31 (0)20 427 5011 • stationdoctors@gmail.com • www.expatmedicalservice.nl Markant, centrum voor Mantelzorgondersteuning Zwanenburgwal 206, 1011 JH Amsterdam +31 (0)20 8868800 • www.markant.org

ExpatPsy Westerkade 1, 3016 CL Rotterdam • +31 (0)10 436 1768 • info@expatpsy.eu • www.expatpsy.eu in2motivation Amstelveenseweg 739, 1081 JE Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 7370312 • www.in2motivation.com Kühler and Trooster International Mental Health Nassaulaan 5, 2514 JS Den Haag • Koningslaan 35, 1075 Amsterdam • +31 (0)85 066 0500 • info@internationalmentalhealth.nl • www.internationalmentalhealth.nl •  @KuhlerandTrooster Pierdominici Psychology Eerste Keucheniusstraat 6HS, 1051 HR Amsterdam • proteapsychology@gmail.com • www.proteatherapy.org PsyQ International Mental Health Jan van Nassaustraat 125, 2596 BS Den Haag • +31 (0)88 357 34 78 • imhs@psyq.nl • www.expatriates.psyq.nl •  @PsyQInternational SGE International Strijp-S Videolab 4.042, Torenallee 20, 5617 BC Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 711 6730 • international@sge.nl • www.sgeinternational.nl U-center Julianastraat 23 A, 6285 AH Epen • +31 (0)800 222 4446 • comcenter@u-center.nl • www.u-center.nl VidaSense Raiffeisenstraat 11, 5611 CH Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 2668 580 • Woesthoeve 1, 5708 VN Helmond • +31 (0)49 2667 379 • jos@vidasense.nl • www.vidasense.nl FINANCIAL ADVICE Blue Umbrella Keizersgracht 756, 1017 EZ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 4687560 • info@blueumbrella.nl • www.blueumbrella.nl •  @blue.umbrella.services

Quin Doctors Amsterdam Westermarkt 2, 1016 DK Amsterdam Bilderdijkstraat 142 – 148, 1053 KZ Amsterdam Maasstraat 71, 1078 HE Amsterdam Stadionplein 25, 1076 CG Amsterdam Oosterpark 62, 1092 AR Amsterdam Spaarndammerdijk 15A, 1013 ZM Amsterdam +31 (0)20 450 9919 • info@hapk.nl • www.hapk.nl

MEDICAL JOBS

EMERGENCY DOCTORS SERVICES (Centrale Huisartsenpost)

BIRTH

• Amsterdam region (SHDA): 088 003 0600 • The Hague (SMASH): 070 346 9669 • Rotterdam: 010 290 9888 • Utrecht: 0900 450 1450 • Eindhoven: 0900 8861 National line for information on all medical services: 0900 1515 (24/7) DENTAL EMERGENCIES You can call one of the helplines below to find an out-of-hours dentist, or call your own dentist and a recorded message will inform you what to do. Many dentists provide their own emergency services. Find a dentist at www.tandarts.nl • Amsterdam: 0900 821 2230 • The Hague: 070 311 0305 • Rotterdam: 010 455 2155

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Applied Medical Europe B.V. Wiekenweg 21, 3815 KL Amersfoort • +31 (0)33 754 8713 • recruitment-eu@appliedmedical.com • www.appliedmedical.com Verloskundigen 101 Johannes Verhulststraat 101, 1071 MX Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 4700 067 • verloskundigen101@gmail.com • www.verloskundigen101.nl SPORT David Lloyd - Overtoom 557, 1054 LK Amsterdam +31 (0)88 020 21 03 • amsterdam@davidlloyd.nl - Peter Zuidlaan 30, 5502 NH Veldhoven +31 (0)40 253 8125 • mship.eindhoven@davidlloyd.nl • www.davidlloyd.nl •  @DavidLloydClubs(Amsterdam) Eindhoven Sport +31 (0)40 238 1151 • sport@eindhoven.nl • www.eindhovensport.nl Falun Gong Stichting Nederland Aartshertogenstraat 4, 6226 XL Maastricht • www.falunInfo.nl Svaha Yoga Amsterdam: www.svahayoga.com

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DRIVING LESSONS

TRANSPORT

Rijschool Dekker BV Hertogstraat 38, 5611 PB Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 444 44 44 • info@rijschooldekker.nl • www.rijschooldekker.nl •  @rijschooldekker

BUYING A CAR Zeeuw & Zeeuw ‘s-Gravenlandseweg 396a, 3125 BK Schiedam • +31 (0)88-0553910 • www.zeeuwenzeeuw.nl

(INTERNATIONAL) MOVERS Brabantse Verhuis Centrale Broekakkerseweg 22, 5641 PC Eindhoven +31 (0)40 248 32 50 • www.verhuiscentrale.nl

CAR RENTAL Bynco.com Stadsplateau 11, 3521 AZ Utrecht • +31 (0)30-207 4220 • info@bynco.com • www.bynco.com •  @byncoNL • Instagram @Bynco_NL •  @Bynco_NL

KHZ International Movers A. van Leeuwenhoekweg 50, 2408 AN Alphen aan den Rijn • +31 (0)172 449976 • info@khz.nl • www.khz-movers.com •  @KHZMovers

Hertz Rent a Car • www.hertz.nl • +31 (0)23 567 0747 • salesnl@hertz.com

Maxi Movers Paganelstraat 2, 7821 AA Emmen • +31 (0)591 648 810 • info@maxibox.nl • www.maxibox.nl

Van Den Udenhout Wekkerstraat 43 – 53, 5652 AN Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 2197700 • Balkweg 6, 5232 BV ‘s-Hertogenbosch • info@udenhout.nl • www.udenhout.nl

Passies International Movers Broekermeerstraat 136, 2131 AT Hoofddorp +31 (0)23-561 5955 • info@passies.nl • www.passies.nl/en/ •  @PassiesVerhuizers

MUSIC, THEATER, FILM & COMEDY

ENTERTAINMENT

Amsterdam Magic Show Paleis van de Weemoed, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 15, 1012 EH Amsterdam • hi@amsterdam-magic.com • www.amsterdam-magic.com

BOOKS ABC The American Book Center Amsterdam • Spui 12 • +31(0)20 625 5537 • info@abc.nl The Hague • Lange Poten 23 • +31(0)70 364 2742 • dh@abc.nl • www.abc.nl

Boom Chicago Rozengracht 117, 1016 LV Amsterdam • hello@boomchicago.nl • www.boomchicago.nl

Waterstones Amsterdam Kalverstraat 152, 1012 XE, Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 638 3821 • amsterdam@waterstones.com • www.waterstones.com •  @WatAdam EXPAT NEWS & PUBLICATIONS DutchNews.nl: www.dutchnews.nl •  @dutchnews Expatica: www.expatica.nl The Hague Online: www.thehagueonline.com The Holland Times Energieplein 8, 2031 TC Haarlem • +31 (0)20 410 7880 • www.hollandtimes.nl

STET The English Theatre Nassaulaan 17, 2243 HJ Wassenaar • +31 (0)6 300 500 18 • info@theenglishtheatre.nl

XPat Media

TOURISM & ACTIVITIES A Dutch Experience Oude Enghweg 32, 1217 JD, Hilversum • +31 (0)35 62 12 825 • info@adutchexperience.com • www.adutchexperience.com

Van Boetzelaerlaan 153, 2581 AR Den Haag • +31(0)70 306 33 10 • info@xpat.nl • www.xpat.nl •  @xpatmedia

Bleekemolens Race Planet Amsterdam • Delft • Mijdrecht • Zandvoort • Herwijk 10, 1046 BC Amsterdam • amsterdam@raceplanet.nl • +31 (0)20 611 1120 • www.raceplanet.nl

FOOD & DRINK Eating Amsterdam Tours Herengracht 124-126, 1015 BT Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 894 3068 • info@eatingamsterdamtours.com • www.eatingamsterdamtours.com Gardner Kookt +31 (0)62 244 6985 • contact@gardnerkookt.nl • www.gardnerkookt.nl •  @GardnerKookt

House of Bols: The cocktail and genever experience Opposite Van Gogh Museum, Paulus Potterstraat 14, Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 570 8575 • info@houseofbols.com • www.houseofbols.com Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room Singel 182, 1015 AJ Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 320 6333 • info@reypenaer.nl • www.reypenaer.nl

EYE Film IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 589 1400 • info@eyefilm.nl • www.eyefilm.nl

Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem Philharmonie Lange Begijnestraat 11, 2011 HH Haarlem Stadsschouwburg Wilsonsplein 23, 2011 VG Haarlem +31 (0)23 512 1212 • info@theater-haarlem.nl • www.theater-haarlem.nl

Howdo Magazine: www.howdo.info

Heineken Experience Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam • www.heinekenexperience.nl

Easylaughs: info@easylaughs.nl • www.easylaughs.nl

North Sea Jazz Club Westergasfabriek, Pazzanistraat 1, 1014 DB Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 722 0980 • info@northseajazzclub.com • www.northseajazzclub.com

Eindhoven News: www.eindhovennews.nl

Hard Rock Café Max Euweplein 57–61, 1017 MA Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 523 7611 • www.hardrock.com/cafes/amsterdam

Broadcast Amsterdam: info@broadcastamsterdam.nl • www.broadcastamsterdam.nl

cultcheers B.V. Weesperstraat 105, 1018 VN Amsterdam • +31 (0)6 23 731 482 • lili@cultcheers.com • www.cultcheers.com De Groote Heide Cranendonck 10, 6027 RK Cranendonck • info@degrooteheide.eu • www.degrooteheide.eu Dutch Costume Museum and Dutch Costume Photo Studio Herengracht 427, 1017 BR Amsterdam • +31 (0)20 8452399 • info@hetklederdrachtmuseum.nl • www.dutchcostumemuseum.com • www.dutchcostumephoto.com Efteling Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel • +31 (0)416 537 777 • www.efteling.co.uk Holland Casino Eindhoven Ten Hagestraat 6A, 5611 EG Eindhoven • +31 (0)40 235 73 57 • www.hollandcasino.nl WRITING Amsterdam Writing Workshops • +31 (0)6 2502 0817 • www.amsterdamwriting.com • info@amsterdamwriting.com

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ADVERTISERS INDEX 2

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Q

27House Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Gelijk Advocaten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Quin Doctors Amsterdam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

A

ABN AMRO Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 ACCESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 AH Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC Alliance Francaise Amsterdam. . . . . . . . 56 Altair Global . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 American School of The Hague. . . . . . . 65 Amity International School Amsterdam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IC Amstelland International School . . . . . 62 Amsterdam International Community School (AICS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

B

Big5 Relocations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bizstay The Hague. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue Umbrella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brainbox Consulting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buro Philip van den Hurk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bynco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C

32 28 48 10 48 89

Crossroads International Church . . . . . 74 CS Housing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

D

Direct Dutch Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Dutch Courses Amsterdam. . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Dutch Courses Amsterdam. . . . . . . . . . . . Katakura WBLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Dutch First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Dutch Tax Returns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Dutch Umbrella Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 DutchNews.nl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

E

Eerde International Boarding School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Expat Centre Leiden Region (ECL). . . . . 22 Expat Centre Maastricht Region. . . . . . . . 31 Expat Management Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Expat Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Expatax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

F

Florencius International School . . . . . . 63

H

H4i. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Haagse Schoolvereeniging . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Haarlemmermeerlyceum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Helpdesk State Exams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Hilversum City Apartments. . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Homerent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

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Scheer Sanders Advocaten. . . . . . . . . . . . 10 ServicedApartments.nl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Short Stay Citizens B.V.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 IN Amsterdam / Expat Centre Amsterdam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 SkypeLanguageSchool.net. . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 International School Haarlem . . . . . . . . . 61 Supreme College Nederland . . . . . . . . . . 56 International School Hilversum. . . . . . . 57 International School Utrecht. . . . . . . . . . 66 ’t Gooi Estate Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 International Waldorf School The Hague . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Taalhuis Amsterdam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Taalthuis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 International Welcome Center Utrecht. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Tandartspraktijk Jesse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Tax Consultants International. . . . . . . . . 46 The British School of Amsterdam. . . . . 60 KGT Consulting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Hague International Centre / Expat Centre Den Haag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 The International School Language Institute Regina Coeli . . . . . . 62 of Amsterdam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Lassus Tandartsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 The Tax Savers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC Lindy Nikken Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Trinamics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Luxury Apartments Delft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

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Meijer Notarissen NV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Migrantic, tax & Immigration Lawyers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Muller Visual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MVA Certified Expat Broker. . . . . . . . . . . . Mynta Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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NAHV Belastingadviseurs B.V. . . . . . . . . . Nanny Nina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nedles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Ute’s International Lounge. . . . . . . . . . . . 74 54 UvA Talen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 UWV/Eures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 49 78 34 Villa Bloom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 14

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Webster University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 52 Wittenberg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 76 60 XpatMedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32, 54, 88, 90

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Flowently. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Partou Kinderopvang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 PAS BMS Immigration and Relocation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 PPHAW Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 *IC = Inside Cover **IBC = Inside Back Cover Projob. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ***BC = Back Cover 104

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Rijschool Dekker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Rotsvast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Rotterdam Expat Centre /Rotterdam Partners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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