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EXPAT SURVIVAL GUIDE

2020

YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO LIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS

EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RELOCATION, ENTERTAINMENT AND MUCH MORE!


WELCOME TO THE NETHERLANDS! 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

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INTRODUCTION SURVIVAL CHECKLIST EMPLOYMENT: Work permits; Employment law; Working culture; Finding a job RELOCATION: What kind of residence permit?; Relocation services providers; Popular expat locations, Expat Centres : Amsterdam Area, Leiden Area, Rotterdam, Utrecht Region, The Hague, The South of the Netherlands HOUSING: Renting; Buying SETTING UP HOME: Furnishing your home; Utilities: gas, water, electricity; Communications: telephone, mobile, internet; TV; Post offices FINANCE: Bank accounts; Tax; Insurance; Financial and tax advisors, Mortgages

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people, companies and institutions that can help you along the way. ENJOY LIVING, WORKING AND STUDYING IN THE NETHERLANDS! The I am not a tourist Team This guide is published by I am not a tourist Fairs & Events.

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 DUCATION: Primary, secondary and higher E education; International school, Learning Dutch FAMILIES: Family reunification permits; Au pairs; Childcare; Child benefits and allowances; Family activities; Leisure; Maturnity, Groups & Clubs SPECIAL NEEDS HEALTHCARE: Health insurance, Healthcare system; Having a baby; Health services TRANSPORT: Driving; Public Transport EMERGENCY NUMBERS PUBLIC HOLIDAYS LISTINGS ADVERTISERS INDEX

With special thanks to • Altair Global Relocation & Immigration Company: +31(0)70 324 2524 | netherlands@altairglobal.com | www.altairglobal.com • Educaide: +31(0)6 5598 8998 | info@educaide.nl | www.educaide.nl • Healthcare for Internationals: info@h4i.nl | www.h4i.nl • Hestia Kinderopvang: +31(0)20 661 8710 | info@hestiakinderopvang.nl | www.hestiakinderopvang.nl • HousingAgent: +31(0)20-7723915 | info@housingagents.com | www.housingagent.com • New2NL: +31 (0)6 2909 3933 | annebet@new2nl.com | www.new2nl.com • Undutchables Recruitment Agency: www.undutchables.nl

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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. 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,

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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. 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 well-worn 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.

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• Population: 17 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. • 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.

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.

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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 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.

EDUCATION 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. 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.

EXPAT BENEFITS HEALTH 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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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.

• The Dutch workforce is internationally oriented, highly educated and multilingual. • Unemployment is at 3.4 percent (June 2019). • 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 need 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. WORK PERMIT CONDITIONS • 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).

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WHO DOESN’T NEED A WORK PERMIT? • 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). • 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’. • 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.

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

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WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEMES • Those between the ages of 18 to 30 from Australia, Canada, and New Zealand can apply to live and work in the Netherlands for one year (with proof of a return ticket or funds to buy one). • Candidates can apply in their home country or once they arrive in the Netherlands.

three years working on any given residence permit that allowed you to work, you no longer need a separate work permit. • 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.

CHANGING JOBS CONTRACTS AND EMPLOYMENT LAW • 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 the highly skilled migrant scheme. • If applying to extend a residence or work permit, your circumstances will be assessed again according to the original application; the main exception is that after

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• 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. • 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).

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• 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 two 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.

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. • 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. 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 non-Dutch 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). SKILLS IN DEMAND • Expats with French, German, Flemish, and Scandinavian language skills are always in demand, according to expat job agency Undutchables. • The job market is also strong for experienced professionals in IT, engineers, healthcare professionals, transport, building, logistics. CULTURALLY CORRECT CVS • Concise, direct and professional communication is the style for job applications in the Netherlands. One or two pages maximum in this order: -- Personal details (address etc., sometimes a photo); -- Education (courses, not results); -- Work experience (the most recent first). Include job responsibilities.

-- In your cover letter, include more about your motivation for the job, but keep the tone professional. 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. • Always try to meet your agent in person, and make sure that your CV does not get sent anywhere without your permission. • Be clear about your work preferences and present yourself in a positive and personable light. • Stay flexible and be ready to attend interviews as opportunities emerge, but remain patient while your agent scours the market for the right opportunity. • Keep your agent informed of any personal developments that might affect the work they are doing on your behalf.

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THE INTERVIEW PROCESS • Once you’ve set yourself up with your preferred agencies and the enquiries begin, prepare yourself for interviews. • Avoid using jargon or colloquial expressions. Be well-presented, enthusiastic and well-informed. • Research the company in advance. Self-preparation is equally important. • 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. 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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CAREER RESOURCES • 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 PAYROLL & CONTRACTING SERVICES • Dutch Umbrella Company Donauweg 10, 1043 AJ Amsterdam +31(0)208201560 | info@dutch-umbrella-company.com | www.dutch-umbrella-company.com |  @dutchumbrellacompany RECRUITMENT AGENCIES • Adams Multilingual Recruitment - Teleport Towers, Kingsfordweg 151, 1043 GR Amsterdam +31(0)205800340 | amsterdam@adamsrecruitment.com - Spaces, 8th floor, Hofplein 20, 3032 AC Rotterdam +31(0)103031010 | rotterdam@adamsrecruitment.com www.adamsrecruitment.com |  @AdamsRecruit

• Undutchables Recruitment Agency - Westeinde 20, 1017 ZP Amsterdam +31 (0)20 623 1300 | amsterdam@undutchables.nl - Noordeinde 202–1, 2514 GS Den Haag +31 (0)70 711 8300 | denhaag@undutchables.nl - Veldmaarschalk Montgomerylaan 7, 5612 BA Eindhoven +31 (0)40 237 3395 | eindhoven@undutchables.nl - Hofplein 20, 3032 AC Rotterdam +31 (0)10 404 6650 | rotterdam@undutchables.nl - Brigittenstraat 1, 3512 KJ Utrecht +31 (0)30 238 2228 | utrecht@undutchables.nl - Headquarters, Burgemeester Haspelslaan 21, 1181 NB Amstelveen | +31 (0)20 345 5104 | hq@undutchables.nl www.undutchables.nl |  @UndutchablesRecruitmentAgency • UWV / EURES La Guardiaweg 116, 1043 DL Amsterdam +31 (0)88-898 9294 | workinthenetherlands@uwv.nl | www.werk.nl/eures |  @EURES.NEDERLAND • YER Hogehilweg 16, 1101 CD Amsterdam +31 (0)20 697 5011 | info@yer.nl | www.yer.nl |  @YERrecruitment

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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: • Ensure documents are in order before approaching the BRP and IND. • BRP: the office where to register your details into Dutch system. • IND: the office that implements immigration policy and makes decisions on (combined) work/residence permits. • Check that your passport is valid for the period of your stay (and expires later than six months from date of registration). • Collect your marriage and birth certificates, and they must be translated into Dutch, English, French, or German (best to ask for a multi-lingual one).

• All documents must be ‘legalised’. Generally, with the addition of an Apostille – an extra stamp on certified foreign papers – which you obtain from the competent authority in your own country. See the Apostille section of www.hcch.net. Not all countries issue apostilles, which may cause the legalization process to be a little more complex. Since February 2019, apostilles from European Union states are no longer necessary! COMPULSORY REGISTRATION IN THE BRP APPLIES TO EVERYONE! • The Municipal Personal Records Database (Basis Registratie Personen in Dutch) holds details of everyone that lives in the Netherlands; registration is compulsory.

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• All people who intend to stay longer than 4 months in the Netherlands, must register at the BRP within five days of arrival (in some regions, waiting lists apply!) • Information shared at BRP is shared with other government platforms to reduce duplicate registrations and perform public tasks like determine charges for water and refuse collection, eligibility for social housing, and so on. • Your Citizen Service number (also called social security number) – in Dutch Burger Service Nummer (BSN) - is initiated here. It is needed to open a bank account, start work, and/or claim benefits. After completing the process, you can get a printout of your details to prove your residence and rights, either on the spot or sent to your home address. • Documents required for registration include: passport (valid for a minimum period of the length of your stay), rental contract (in your name), employment contract (if applicable), birth and marriage certificates of all family members (see above for legal format, if applicable depending on the country of origin).

• To register, you need to make an appointment, and all members of your family (regardless of age) must be present at the first interview. • If you move within the Netherlands, you can usually register the change of address online (by means of using a DigiD). If leaving the Netherlands, you need to deregister from the city hall were you are living (not earlier than 5 days before departure date). IND (IMMIGRATION AND NATURALISATION DEPARTMENT). • Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (IND) implements immigration procedures including applications for residence permits, Dutch citizenship, visas, and asylum requests. • The website has extensive information in English, and downloadable brochures and forms (www.ind.nl/en). • Appointment must be made before visiting an IND desk. • To collect a permit, you must attend in person. • Renewal forms are automatically sent to you. Office locations can be found on the IND website (www.ind.nl/en) or call +31 (0)88 043 0430 (call charges apply).

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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?

MVV (MACHTIGING TOT VOORLOPIG VERBLIJF)

• 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). 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. Delete: Croatian citizens however need a work permit for their first 12 months of employment, this is not correct, no longer the case, since July 2018) • 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’.

• 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.

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• Citizens with a ‘long-term residence permit EU’ issued by another European Union (EU) member state are also exempt.

• 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.

CIVIC INTEGRATION ACT • 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. • 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.

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-recognised-sponsors.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.

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• 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.

• 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.

SEARCH YEAR VISA

START-UP 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.

• 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.

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• 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. 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.

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• IN Amsterdam / Expat Centre 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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• 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 (2019) • 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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AMSTERDAM METROPOLITAN AREA Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Almere, Haarlem & Hilversum.

AMSTERDAM Each of Amsterdam’s neighbourhoods has a unique character and charm. Residents enjoy a lively mix of shops, restaurants, parks and local attractions in every corner of the city. • 3.5 million - the number of foreign visitors annually • 2 million - the combined number of kilometres cycled by Amsterdammers daily • 1 million - average number of bikes in Amsterdam • 30,000 - number of bikes found in Amsterdam canals each year • 872 - bridges in Amsterdam • 180 - the number of different nationalities in Amsterdam • 100 - how many kilometres of canals in Amsterdam • 3.2 - average cups of coffee consumed in Amsterdam daily per person CENTRE The City of Amsterdam's Centre District is home to approximately 81,000 residents. Here you’ll find many of Amsterdam’s main tourist attractions – including the Anne Frank House, Royal Palace and Dam Square – as well as the major shopping streets, bars and restaurants. Homes around the Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) and in the trendy Jordaan are all in high demand. OOST The District of Oost (east) boasts a plethora of green spaces and residences close to Amsterdam’s city centre. Here you’ll find the beautiful Oosterpark and Tropenmuseum, as well as lots of trendy bars and restaurants. Further east you’ll find plenty of places to live on quiet, leafy streets in the Indische Buurt and Transvaalbuurt. IJburg, Amsterdam’s newest neighbourhood, was recently built on artificial

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islands reclaimed from the River IJ and it’s still growing rapidly. WEST The District of West is home to a wide variety of cultures and demographics, grand architecture, and great places to eat and drink. It includes the Westerpark, Oud-West, De Baarsjes and Bos en Lommer. One of the most popular neighbourhoods is Oud-West, where you will find excellent eateries as well as De Hallen, a historic tram station which now houses an arthouse cinema, boutique hotel, a huge food hall and an array of independent, creative shops. NOORD Directly across the water behind Central Station, Amsterdam Noord (north) offers vast green spaces and charming little villages. And as well as its quieter residential areas, it also features some of Amsterdam’s most cutting-edge architecture, exciting festivals and artist studios. One of Noord’s most popular hangouts is the NDSM Wharf, a former shipyard which is home to an ever-expanding variety of bars and restaurants. ZUID The District of Zuid (south) offers many beautiful places to live and work. At the northern end of this district you can find trendy De Pijp, an eclectic neighbourhood with a diverse population and many shops and restaurants. Museumplein – home to several famous museums – is in the area known as Oud-Zuid, an elegant and well-heeled neighbourhood made up of spacious residential areas. In the south of the district is the Zuidas, the heart of Amsterdam’s international business district.

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ZUIDOOST A young, multicultural district which offers many green spaces and amenities, including shopping centres, markets and good transport links. More than 130 different nationalities live in this district, which is mainly made up of modern low-rise buildings offering small and large homes. The Bijlmer neighbourhood is mainly residential, and nearby you’ll find the big-entertainment world of the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the AFAS Live and the Ziggo Dome. NIEUW-WEST One of the greenest places in Amsterdam, the District of Nieuw-West (New West) includes GeuzenveldSlotermeer, Osdorp and Slotervaart. These are mainly residential areas which offer a mix of new developments and innovative architecture. Parts of this district are still being redeveloped to offer more housing, and people moving to the area can expect a relaxed pace with plenty of places to shop and spend some time enjoying the nearby nature – including scenic waterside spots around the Sloterplas lake. • Population: 844,947 (www.cbs.nl,2017) • International residents: 50.6% International schools • Amsterdam International Community School: www.aics. espritscholen.nl • Annexe du Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh: www. lyceevangogh.nl • British School of Amsterdam: www.britams.nl • International School Amsterdam (in Amstelveen): www.isa.nl • The Japanese School of Amsterdam: www.jsa.nl EXPAT CENTER AMSTERDAM • IN Amsterdam (formerly Expatcenter Amsterdam) provides a one-stop-shop service for international newcomers in the Amsterdam Area. They serve companies and their highly skilled migrant employees, scientific researchers, international entrepreneurs and international graduates. Links • www.amsterdam.nl • www.iamsterdam.com (English site)

AMSTELVEEN Population: 89,904 Amstelveen has many green areas, and excellent shopping and local amenities, particularly for sporty types. The extra space means parking is not a problem and many homes have garages. Amstelveen’s population is booming, expected to reach almost 86,000 citizens by 2020. Close proximity to both Schipol airport and Amsterdam make Amstelveen

attractive for international companies, and high living standards appeal to a growing expat community. The area is flanked by Amsterdam’s largest park, the Amsterdamse Bos, and the CoBrA Museum adds of a dash of culture. ALMERE Population: 206,284 Almere is the youngest city in the Netherlands and the second largest in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Almere has a modern and attractive city centre and five districts and boroughs. It boasts 42 kilometers of coastline, a rich natural environment, impressive architecture and attracts numerous exciting events throughout the year. Almere’s six train stations provide connections between Amsterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, Den Haag and many other cities. HAARLEM Population: 159,100 Haarlem is one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful old cities, offering a huge amount of historic sites. It has a lively community of 150,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the province of Noord-Holland and has a real cosmopolitan feel about it. It is an energetic city, with an active business community, dedicated educational institutions and a municipality that creates an encouraging economic climate. Haarlem grants space for economic innovation, new jobs and more businesses. It is a popular location for multinationals, industrial companies and creative, innovative and technology-based businesses. HILVERSUM Population: 89,521 Hilversum is a city full of possibilities in the centre of the Netherlands. This beautiful city with its ‘young’, yet charming, monumental buildings is situated about 20 kilometres southeast of Amsterdam and 20 kilometers north of Utrecht. It is only a 30-minute ride by train to Schiphol Airport. With large international companies like Nike, Spil Games, and International Flavor & Fragrances (IFF), Hilversum has a lively international community. Hilversum offers a broad range of accommodation, from modern apartments to monumental villas. There are also excellent international schools offering both primary and secondary education.

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LEIDEN REGION Leiden, Katwijk, Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest, Voorschoten, Zoeterwoude.

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. • 15 minutes from the beach • 15 minutes from Den Haag • 20 minutes from Schiphol • 35 minutes from Amsterdam CULTURE

LEIDEN’S LOCATION 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) 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

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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-away-from-home. Leiden has: • The largest life sciences knowledge cluster in the Netherlands • 13 museums • 28 km of canals • 3,000 monuments • 20,000+ internationals

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CAREER, SCIENCE, BALANCE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

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.

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-away-from-home.

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.

“We recognize that meeting other people can be difficult, which is why we started organising Meet & Mingles, informal gatherings for internationals in the Leiden region.” 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”.

A WARM AND PRACTICAL WELCOME The Expat Center Leiden (ECL), located in the tourist information office on Stationsweg in Leiden, 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.

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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ROTTERDAM International, dynamic, inclusive.

• 1,300+ international companies • 3,500+ expats served by Rotterdam Expat Centre (2017-2018) • 12,500+ international students in Rotterdam region • 22,000 tech & ICT vacancies (2018)v Rotterdam, the gateway to Europe. International city with a distinct character, energetic, always in motion, eyes on the future. Dynamic port city, where a vibrant mix of 170+ nationalities and many cultures, subcultures and communities make 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 a challenge. You want to make sure you pick the city that fits your needs and your lifestyle. A place where you can find like-minded 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.

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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, nightlife, culinary culture, business community and literally on the streets. Practically everybody here speaks English fluently. As an expat you’ll easily find a home 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 the quickly evolving areas south of the river Maas are also attracting an increasing number of 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 is one of the best international cities in the world, based on a harmonious, multicultural foundation. Business, education, sports, environment, fusion food and public services are all great and everything is very well organised for the people living in Rotterdam and visiting.”

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Mr Daniel Park, Managing Director Euronavig Holdings B.V. and expat from South Korea MAGNET FOR BUSINESS AND INNOVATION 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, clean tech, 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. “Rotterdam is one of the cutting-edge cities in Europe and one of our favorite cities for bizz and pleasure.” Dispatches Europe ranks Rotterdam as the Best City for Expats 2019 SAFE, OPEN, ACCESSIBLE Rotterdam is safe, well organised and easy to travel around. It’s quite open and less crowded than many other international urban hubs, with green belt areas and water nearby wherever you are in the city. 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. EDUCATION AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT Speaking of families, Rotterdam has several highly regarded international schools for primary and secondary education (see boxed info on this page) and world class institutes for higher level education, including: Erasmus University Rotterdam, 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 key concerns for the city. Municipality, businesses, research and knowledge institutes all 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: wwww.jsrotte.nl • Harbour IBSR (International and Bilingual schools of Rotterdam): www.harbourinternational.nl

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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 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.

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: • Population: 640,000+ Links • Rotterdam Expat Centre: www.rotterdamexpatcentre.nl • Rotterdam Partners: www.rotterdampartners.com • City of Rotterdam: www.rotterdam.nl (Dutch) • Rotterdam Tourist Information: en.rotterdam.info

Especially for new expats coming to Rotterdam the Rotterdam Expat Centre organizes International Welcome Events three times a year. Every month a special Talent Night is organized at Venture Café (next door to Rotterdam Central Station), 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.

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DISCOVER UTRECHT REGION The Utrecht Region is located in Northern Europe and marks the exact centre of the Netherlands. With its 26 municipalities and over 1.3 million inhabitants, the province is one of the most densely populated provinces in the country. Nevertheless, the area has lots of beautiful cities and neighbourhoods for you to discover! As is to be expected of a city with its roots in medieval times, Utrecht and the surrounding area has a long and rich cultural history. It is a region 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 one of Utrecht region’s beautiful cities and discover the countless monuments and world heritage sites the area has to offer. And don’t forget to meet the

lovely (international) people living in Utrecht Region to get to know the area through their eyes. LIVE In the beating heart of the Netherlands, you can find the province of Utrecht. A region that offers high living and working standards, with a pleasant varied landscape, lots of beautiful cities, and cultural and recreational facilities to discover! And thanks to Utrecht Central station - the largest train station in the Netherlands - other provinces and cities are very easily accessible. Because of its central location, as well its easy-going character and healthy and urban lifestyle, it is a popular region in which to settle.

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Utrecht Region is a committed international business competitor, creating a collaborative, welcoming environment that attracts top talent from around the globe. According to the European Regional Competitiveness Index, Utrecht Region has been one of Europe’s most competitive regions since the European Commission launched its Regional Competitive Index in 2010. It offers an attractive and sustainable environment for firms and residents to live and work. In recent years, a significant increase in mobility amongst international employees and students has been documented. More and more international businesses relocate to the Netherlands, and they, as well as Dutch companies, like to invest in international talent to support their business.

Utrecht Region is home to some of the Netherlands’ most prestigious universities and renowned knowledge institutions. Together they have more than 70,000 students, 3,700 of which are international students! 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 for life, absorb a new culture, and maybe even learn a new language! Of course, the first steps are always intense, but we will guide you through the process and provide a soft landing for you in Utrecht Region.

INTERNATIONAL WELCOME CENTRE UTRECHT REGION The International Welcome Centre welcomes you to Utrecht Region. Whether you are a newcomer or a current international resident: we are here to help you settle in! We offer a number of free services aimed at advising and assisting you during your arrival and stay in Utrecht Region. Feel free to stop by our office and get the information and guidance you need. Visit us at Stadsplateau 1, 3521 AZ Utrecht + 31 (0)30 - 286 00 00 Monday & Tuesday Thursday Friday

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THE HAGUE (Den Haag) The international city of peace and justice has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. With 11 kilometres of beaches and a lively international community, it is a great place to live.

• 10,000 – the number of people who "polar bear plunge" into the icy North Sea every New Year’s Day at The Hague Beach • 1913 – the inauguration year of the Peace Palace in The Hague • 300 – the number of international organisations in The Hague • 4 – the number of seasons the weather is perfect for surfing at The Hague Beach • 1 – the number of Kings living in The Hague Why choose between city and beach, when The Hague offers both!? You can smell the sea from the heart of the historic city centre. Step on a tram in the historic city centre and within fifteen minutes you’ll find yourself on The Hague’s eleven-kilometre long beach. The Hague is a cosmopolitan city, and still remains liveable and personal. Everything in the entire city is barely more than a stone’s throw away. No wonder many internationals choose The Hague as their new hometown. INTERNATIONAL CITY OF PEACE AND JUSTICE The Hague is a mixture of modern skylines with a historic city centre and sandy beaches. Its scenery and activities are as diverse as its residents. With the Peace Palace as its icon, The Hague is known as the international city of peace and justice. Here, tens of thousands of people from all over the world are working every day to build a more peaceful and just world. The city is also the seat of the Dutch government and home to the Dutch royal family. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND ORGANISATIONS Career opportunities in The Hague are exceptionally diverse. Economic sectors such as Peace & Justice, Security, Energy & Renewables, Finance & Legal and IT & Tech are well-represented in The Hague.

Connections between government agencies, commercial enterprises, knowledge institutions and international organisations are easily made in this city. The Hague is a place where you can readily expand your network and exert influence. The excellent cooperation between NGO’s, business, government and knowledge institutions lead to new knowledge and innovative products. For example, in The Hague Security Delta or in The Hague Humanity Hub. The Hague Business Agency and Innovation Quarter offer tailor-made advise to companies considering to establish. LIVING IN THE HAGUE In addition to offering so many career opportunities, if you’re looking for a great place to live, The Hague offers practically anything you’d wish for. Combine fantastic shopping in the city centre with a visit to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring at one of the many museums. Take a long walk in the dunes, picnic in the park or discover the hidden treasures of the Palace Garden to escape the bustling city life. Have a romantic dinner with fresh fish along The Hague Beach, ending the night with a drink at a beach café. There’s no need to be bored in The Hague! HOUSING Combining affordable real estate with a high quality of life, The Hague is a great place to live for young professionals and families. The Hague has a large number of attractive neighbourhoods, each with its own character and atmosphere. The more traditional neighbourhoods for internationals are Geuzen-en Statenkwartier, Wassenaar, Benoordenhout and Archipelbuurt/Willemspark. But if you’d rather live in more upcoming neighbourhoods, you should

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definitely take a look at Zeeheldenkwarier and Regentessekwartier. In The Hague, there’s always a place to live that will suit you. Would you like to live in the city centre, somewhere a little away from the hustle and bustle, or right by the dunes and the beach? The Hague has it all! EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE With its child-friendly environment, The Hague is great place for bringing up your children. The highest concentration of international schools in the Netherlands can be found in this city. The many international schools and dual-language schools are highly acclaimed. While you’re at work, you can be sure that your child is getting the best possible education. And for your youngest children, there will be plenty of English day-care centres ready to look after them. JOIN A COMMUNITY Many internationals have gone before you, making The Hague their home. Meeting like-minded people will be no problem, because of the many international clubs and networks in The Hague. With this lively international community, you’ll feel at home in your new hometown in no-time!

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Welcome to The Hague! • Population: 540.000 • International residents: 60.000 • International students: 4.500+ International schools • The American School of The Hague: www.ash.nl • The British School in the Netherlands: www.britishschool.nl • Deutsche Internationale Schule: www.disdh.nl • Elckerlyc International School: www.elckerlyc-international.nl/ • The European School of The Hague: www.eshthehague.nl • Haagsche Schoolvereniging (Dutch international primary school): www.hsvdenhaag.nl • International School Wassenaar - Rijnlands Lyceum: www.internationalschoolwassenaar.nl • International School Delft: www.isdelft.com/ • The International School of The Hague: www.ishthehague.nl • International Waldorf School The Hague: https://internationalwaldorfschool.nl/Lighthouse • Special Education: https://lighthousese.nl/ • Le Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh: www.lyceevangogh.nl • Sekolah Indonesia: www.sekolahindonesia.nl • Oekraïense School: www.oekraienseschool.nl • Polish School: www.szkolahaga.org Links • www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl • https://denhaag.com/en • https://denhaag.nl/en • www.access-nl.org.com

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THE SOUTH OF THE NETHERLANDS Eindhoven, Maastricht, Tilburg. EINDHOVEN Population: 227,100 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 pre-1940 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. CENTRE 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. WEST The International School Eindhoven is located in Strijp. EAST 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 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 of green spaces. www.hollandexpatcentersouth.com MAASTRICHT Population: 121,623 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. 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,

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Maastricht’s newest district, offers modern accommodation favoured by expats who like inner city living with full amenities and services. 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 schools • United World College: www.uwcmaastricht.com Links • www.expatcentremaastrichtregion.nl • www.gemeentemaastricht.nl

OPEN TO THE WORLD The Heart of Brabant has a dedicated work force made up of people who like to face the world with an open attitude. Most of them speak good English and know what international collaboration means: they operate worldwide, from China and Japan, to Florida and California. As a matter of fact, making connections is vital to the kind of Social Innovation that runs through the veins of Mid-Brabant. That's how the region's current high-tech aeronautical and industrial maintenance service sectors evolved out of its former textile industry.

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It is also how the Heart of Brabant became home to the internationally acclaimed faculties of Tilburg University – such as economics, law and social studies. All of this is characteristic for a community that views living and working together as vital, and that takes pleasure in linking knowledge to production, people to technology, and gamma concepts to beta facts.

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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! 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 breathtaking 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. 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.

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

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• 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 720.42 base rent (in 2019) 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.

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RENTING USING AN AGENT • A good housing agent should be able to tell you all about the local market, the city, pricing, quality of housing, restrictions that apply to expats, he/she will arrange viewings for you, negotiate with landlords, and provide an English translation of the rental contract. Helping you to connect with utilities services is also a standard service. HOUSING SECTORS 1. Social Housing sector: The dominant distribution sector has rent-controlled social housing, and income status plays its part in allocation. Restrictions are applied by the local authority. Rental properties that have less than EUR 720.42 a month (in 2019) base rent will fall under social housing restrictions. 2. Liberalised sector: The government regulates base-rents up to EUR 720.42 a month (2019) and anything over this price is in the ‘liberalised’ sector (assuming it has the correct points/price ratio), where rent prices are not restricted.

• Social housing is split into two sectors, depending on whether the property is privately owned, or owned by a housing corporation (woning coöperaties). • 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 36,798 (2018) and valid residency will be eligible. • Most expats end up renting accommodation in the Liberalised sector because there are fewer restrictions and housing is easier to rent. RULES AND REGULATIONS • Base rents (kale huur) are controlled by a “system of points”, woningwaarderingsstelsel, • The number of points of the property determines the maximum rental price. Each part of the house receives points. For example: the surface of the dwelling, sanitary, heating system, the (WOZ) value of the property. • The reality is that there are too few rental properties, which puts upwards pressure on some types of accommodation. Check what your property’s rent should be at www.huurcommissie.nl.

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• You ‘ve signed a rental contract and you pay way too much money? Contact a local huurteam or initiate a review of your lease on www.huurcommissie.nl within six months after signing the lease. • Generally, income conditions apply for cheaper housing. • Be cautious of sub-lets. You need to be able to register yourself. 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.

• 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. 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 • Tempted by life on a houseboat or Dutch barge? • The houseboat market is a very close-knit community so personal references will go a long way. • There are many rules and regulations regarding permits and mooring conditions. Track down a specialist agent to steer you through the procedures. • Useful sites include www.waterwonen.nl and www.botentekoop.nl (which includes all kinds of boats for sale).

TIPS • 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. STUDENTS • Universities try their best to help students with housing but there are serious shortage issues. • There are non-commercial agencies for students, housing corporations and antikraak (anti-squat) agencies that rent out accommodation.

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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. 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.

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• 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. 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 2018 homebuyers can still receive up to roughly EUR 100,800 euros as a tax free gift to buy a property.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 • 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.utilityprovider.nl offers a free service to connect expats with the best deal (in English). WATER

• Energie Direct: www.energiedirect.nl • E.ON: www.eon.nl • Essent: www.essent.nl • Greenchoice: www.greenchoice.nl • Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij: www.nle.nl • Nuon: www.nuon.nl • Oxxio: www.oxxio.nl 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. TELEPHONES / INTERNET / TV

• 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 • Electrabel: www.electrabel.nl • Eneco: www.eneco.nl

• There are two main suppliers for landlines, internet and phone connection via cable networks: KPN and Ziggo/Vodafone. • Often the easiest way to connect a landline is to visit a shop (winkel) of those suppliers with appropriate identification and they can set it up, while some cable networks allow you to sign up online. 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. • ISDN, ADSL and cable options are available, and can be combined with telephone and TV deals.

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• 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. 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. INTERNET / PHONE / TV SUPPLIERS

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.iens.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

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• KPN: www.kpn.com • Online.nl: www.online.nl • Tele2: www.tele2.nl • T-mobile: www.t-mobile.nl • UPC: www.upc.nl • Vodafone: www.vodafone.nl • Ziggo: www.ziggo.nl POST OFFICES • Post offices are marked with an orange sign that says postkantoor or PostNL, and are generally located inside shops, newsagents or tobacconists (postagentschap). • Stamps (postzegels) can be bought in all of the above places and in some of the larger supermarkets, or printed online at www.postnl.nl. • Post-boxes are red and scattered throughout shopping areas and neighbourhoods. On the post-box there are two slots: the right (streekpost) is for ‘local’ delivery and you’ll see a list of postcodes that indicate the areas included; the left (overige bestemmingen) is for everywhere else, including international destinations. • PostNL aims to deliver locally within 24 hours, otherwise spoedservice guarantees local delivery by 10am the next day and next day delivery to Europe. • See www.postnl.nl for online postal services, or call 0900 0990 (45ct) for customer service.

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FINANCE

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

Documents generally required:

• The main Dutch banks are: • ABN AMRO: www.abnamro.nl/en • ING Bank: www.ing.nl • Rabobank: www.rabobank.nl

• 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.).

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.

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 payslip.

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• 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 four-digit number. It’s the most common method of payment used in shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. 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

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?

• 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.

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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 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 52 percent) • Box 2: Income from substantial shareholding (5 percent minimum holding – 25 percent rate)

• 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 devided 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.

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TAX CREDITS AND ALLOWANCES

MORTGAGES AND TAX IMPLICATIONS

• All are entitled to general tax credit based on income and social security element. • Employers use this information for wage withholding taxes. • You can report other allowances when filing your return.

• When arranging a mortgage, look for the following: interest, cost of life insurance, savings plan and investment accounts. • When your interest rate comes up for renewal, it is important to check that it is still competitive.

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

TAX IMPLICATIONS INCLUDE: • 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.

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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 instance is required by everyone, and self-employed patrons must have a specific insurance. • National insurance schemes that are available for all residents are explained at www.svb.nl.

DRIVERS INSURANCE (ALLRISKVERZEKERING)

HOUSE AND HOME INSURANCE (WOONHUISVERZEKERING)

• 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 tentants. • 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.

• 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.

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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

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Opening a Dutch bank account at ABN AMRO is really easy. It will give you everything you need to do your banking professionally and efficiently wherever you are. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have, in English of course. Our experts offer you full service and support by phone, on our website, via our Mobile Banking App and even via Video Banking. Want to know more about banking in the Netherlands? Go to abnamro.nl/bankaccount to find out more or contact us anytime. We’re here for you 24/7.


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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 46% of Dutch 25-34 year olds 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 leerplichtig (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). CHOOSING A SCHOOL • International education is available at both statefunded and private schools throughout the country, and nineteen primary schools have implemented bilingual education. • More than 1.130 primary schools in the Netherlands offer English classes from group 1 (age 4), and about another further 117 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. LOCAL OR INTERNATIONAL? • Your finances, location, the age of your children, and how long you are likely to stay in the Netherlands are factors to consider when selecting a school. • Many companies reimburse international school fees as part of your relocation package, and • reimbursement could be exempt from income tax. • TIP: While teenagers might appreciate the educational and social continuity provided by an international school, younger children might get a greater sense of belonging by attending a local school if you plan to stay for a while. APPLYING FOR A SCHOOL • 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. Amsterdam, Haarlem and The Hague, on the contrary, 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 day/info session). Most schools don’t give private appointments. • On www.scholenopdekaart.nl (in Dutch) you can find more information about the schools, as well as their results. Here you can also find a link to the school 56

inspection reports. The visual representation of green (good), orange (weak), and red (very weak) will give some idea of performance. Note that this applies to state-funded schools and Dutch international schools only. Costs • Primary and secondary state-funded education is free, parents are asked to contribute a voluntary amount that varies from school to school (usually below 100 euros per year). • Additional payments can include school trips, lunchtime supervision (tussenschoolse opvang) and after-school care (naschoolse opvang/BSO), (which the school usually sub-contracts to an external day care organisation). Education policy • The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science sets quality standards, attainment targets and social objectives. • Individual schools ‘fill in the details’ of the curriculum and budget allocation. • Education policy includes bilingual opportunities, connecting education with the job market, global citizenship, and maintaining the quality of schools. School holidays • Major holidays for Dutch schools are set nationally, but with staggered start/finish times between three regions. The summer vacation lasts for six weeks, and after every 6-7 weeks of school, the students have 1-2 weeks off. • Private international school holidays can be different. For school holidays per region, look at www. schoolvakanties-nederland.nl/ (in Dutch). TYPES OF SCHOOL State-run (openbare) schools • Openbare schools (non-denominational) provide secular education, but sometimes teach according to specific philosophic or pedagogic principles like Montessori, Dalton, Waldorf/Steiner, etc. • Openbare schools are governed by the municipal council or a public legal entity or foundation set up by the council.

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Special (bijzondere) schools • Most special (bijzondere) schools are denominational (Catholic, Protestant, Islamic, Hindu, etc.), or follow specific philosophic principles. • Special (bijzondere) schools are governed by a board or the foundation that set them up. • Financially, they have the same status as openbare schools and are basically free (usually their parent contribution is slightly higher compared to the openbare schools). International schools • International schools offer education for global students of any nationality. • Dutch International Primary Schools (DIPS) and Dutch International Secondary Schools (DISS) also have international education at reasonable fees thanks to 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.

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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• 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 58

DUTCH SECONDARY EDUCATION (VOORTGEZET ONDERWIJS, VO) • From 12 years of age, pupils choose between vocational or pre-university programs based on their abilities, interests, and the teacher’s recommendation in group 8. • In the first years all pupils study the same subjects (to different academic levels), known as the basisvorming, followed by a second stage (tweede fase) in which students choose a specialist profile. • 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.

• 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 (www.europeesplatform.nl/tto). • 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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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 government-approved. 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, engineering and technology, economics and business administration, healthcare, fine and performing arts, education/ teacher training and social welfare. • For more information visit www.hbo-raad.nl.

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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 www.studyinholland.nl/study-options/ find-study-programme. • 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. • Tuition fee loans are available. • The fees at private institutions can be substantially higher. How to apply • Over 90,000 international students study in the Netherlands. This is about 12% of the total student population. Information on fees, qualifications and study programmes is widely available in English. • 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 at 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.

Foundation for International Education in the Netherlands • Stichting Internationaal Onderwijs | 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 • Bilingual pilot schools at primary level: www.nuffic.nl/onderwerpen/tweetalig-primaironderwijs/ • Bilingual schools at secondary level: www.ikkiestto.nl Higher education in the Netherlands • www.studyin.nl | www.nuffic.nl/en Information on studying and funding • www.duo.nl Portals for vocational training • www.s-bb.nl | www.mboraad.nl Masters / PhDs • www.mastersportal.eu | www.phdportal.eu Online applications • www.studielink.nl Non-Dutch diploma evaluation • www.idw.nl

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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.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS • Amity International School Amsterdam

Amsterdamseweg 204, 1182 HL Amstelveen +31 (0)20 345 44 81 | enquiries@amity.amsterdam | www.amityschool.nl |  @AmitySchoolNL

• 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 | www.aics.espritscholen.nl |  @AmsterdamAICS

• Amstelland International School

Asserring 93, 1187 SM Amstelveen +31 (0) 20 820 9091 | info.ais@ogamstelland.nl | www.amstellandinternational-school.nl

• Groningse Schoolvereniging

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

• Haagsche Schoolvereeniging

We have four locations 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 Education - VNS van Nijenrodestraat 16 2597 RM The Hague, +31 70 328 1441 ldean@hsvdenhaag.n | https://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 School Haarlem

Primary dept. : Schreveliusstraat 27, 2014 XP Haarlem Secondary dept. and senior primary: 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 of Amsterdam (K-12) Sportlaan 45, 1185 TB Amstelveen +31 (0)20 347 1111 | www.isa.nl

• Interteach Elementary

Bosscheweg 76, Boxtel, Postbus 286, 5060 AG Oisterwijk | +31 (0)30-7440647 | info@interteachelementary.com | www.interteachexpat.com

• 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

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• Ask about the average class sizes. The smaller the class size (generally), the higher the fee. • Universities often provide beginner Dutch classes for non-students, 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.

• 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 |  @BritishSchoolofAmsterdam

LANGUAGE SCHOOLS • Alliance Française Amsterdam

Oosterdokdkade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam +31 20 523 07 42 | bonjour@afamsterdam.nl | www.afamsterdam.nl |  @ afamsterdam

• Dutch Courses Amsterdam

Postjesweg 57, 1057 DW, Amsterdam +31 (0)6 54992219 | www.dutchcoursesamsterdam.nl |  @DutchCoursesAmsterdam

• Dutch Courses Amsterdam Katakura WBLC

Havikshorst 30, 1083 TT Amsterdam Egelantiersstraat 126, 1015 PR Amsterdam +31 (0)20 6122727 | katakurawblc@gmail.com | www.katakura-wblc.nl |  @ DutchCoursesKatakura

• Dutch First

Niasstraat 1, 3531 WR Utrecht +31 (0)30 29 19 884 | info@dutchfirst.nl | www.dutchfirst.nl |  @ dutchfirst

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• Flowently, private and in-company language and culture training

Azartplein 79, 1019 PB Amsterdam +31 (0)6 4133 9323 | info@flowently.com | www.flowently.com |  @ flowently

• 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

• UvA Talen Language Centre

Roetersstraat 25, 1018 WB Amsterdam +31 20 525 4637 | trainers@uvatalen.nl | www.uvatalen.nl |  @uvatalen www.thelanguageacademy.nl |  @thelanguageacademyNL

DRIVING LESSONS • Rijschool Dekker

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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 Emmastraat 56 1213 AL Hilversum The Netherlands T +31 (0)35 672 99 31 E info@ishilversum.nl

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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.

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Why Dekker Driving School? If you or your partner need a Dutch license and you have to pass the Dutch driving test, Dekker is the driving school for you. We are the oldest driving school in The Netherlands with extensive experience, as you can imagine. Also we have guarantees and a very high customer satisfaction rate. We also do have special discounts

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Ranked top in the world for children’s well-being by UNICEF, the Netherlands is great for families. • 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). • It is important to visit the IND website (www.ind.nl) for the most recent changes in rules and permit feed. EU/EEA/SWISS NATIONALS AND FAMILY MEMBERS • Register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) and get your social number (BSN). • Next, make sure you have all the paperwork together: passports, a marriage certificate and birth certificates with an Apostille stamp (if required from your country). Work permits are not required. • And be sure those paperwork documents are translated into Dutch, English, French or German. • 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.

NON-EU/EEA/SWISS NATIONALS • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals must have their own, separate, residence permit. • This application fee depends on your personal situation and permit type. • TIP: Partners and family members generally receive the same conditions as the relative they are joining in the Netherlands. • Rates are subject to frequent change, so it is best to refer to www.ind.nl. SIGNIFICANT CONDITIONS • Want to bring a family member to the Netherlands? Sponsor them: sign a declaration, meet certain obligations, and prove you can support your spouse or relative (www.ind.nl has a table of required income levels).

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• 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. AU PAIRS • Bringing an au pair to the Netherlands? One of the key rules is that the au pair cannot have previously worked for your family abroad. • Only a recognised au pair agency can submit a permit application on behalf of an au pair. • Au pairs can stay in the Netherlands for one year as a “cultural exchange” who cannot work outside his or her agreed au pair duties. • No previous Dutch residence permit for exchange purposes can be on your record if wanting to au pair. • An au pair must be over 18 and under 31 and cannot be a family member in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree. • 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.

on the websites. Always bring a visit to the kinderdagverblijf or give the customer service a call. Urban areas have a shortage so expect long waiting lists. • Out of school care: day care centres that provide Buitenschoolse Opvang for children up to 12 years old. • Private day care: In large cities, private facilities offer flexible options up to 24-hour care, international nurseries and pre-school establishments. Note that private day care falls mostly outside the childcare law (wet Kinderopvang), so special childcare allowance is not applicable. • Pre-school/playgroups (peuteropvang): pre-school/ playgroups aimed at helping to prepare children aged between 2/2,5 and 4 years old for their transition into primary school (this varies per city). Focus is on child development. A child can usually attend a peuteropvang for three hours per day, either two or four times a week. Working parents can receive the kinderopvangtoeslag, towards the cost of peuteropvang (conditions apply, see Childcare allowance).

CHILD BENEFIT • Parents living or working in the Netherlands with children under 18 are entitled to the kinderbijslag, a quarterly contribution to the cost of raising children from the Sociale Verzerkerings Bank (SVB). • The amount depends on age, special needs, etc., but is not income-related. • This contribution can sometimes be paid into a foreign bank account (see www.svb.nl for a list of offices) • Childcare (kinderopvang) • It is never too early to register your child for day care, for instance, when you are pregnant. Government policy can be found on www.rijksoverheid.nl (in Dutch). CHILDCARE OPTIONS • Kinderdagverblijf: day care for children aged six weeks to four years old. Search online for kinderdagverblijven in your area and orientate based

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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 is capped at a certain percent of costs, depending on income. • Parents must be employed (or studying) to claim allowances. • The childcare centre or childminding agency must be registered in www.landelijkregisterkinderopvang.nl. In case of childminding services, the childminder must be registered as well. • In the event of sickness, holiday, parental leave, extra training or part-time unemployment benefit, the number or hours ‘worked’ remains unchanged, as does the 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 on the type of care. Both can be calculated on the government site www.government.nl. • Parents cannot claim allowances if they look after each other’s children or if relatives provide care. • You have the nationality of an EU country, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland. Are you from another country? In that case, you need a valid residence permit or work permit. • Fun tips for families • Get out and about! There are many playgrounds tucked between the houses, streets and shops. • Fun for free – visit a children’s farm or kinderboerderij. These city farms often have educational and recreational activities during the week. • Cultural fun – There are over 1500 musea in the Netherlands. Dutch museums often have audio guides for kids available in several languages and have special tours for children, as for instance Rijksmuseum Muiderslot. • Hit the beach – the Netherlands has 451 kilometres of coastline accessible by car, bike, boat and public transport. • Dutch theme parks – De Efteling is a huge park offering exciting rides for older kids and a Disney-esque experience with folkloric touches for younger ones. More theme parks can be found at www.pretparkennederland.nl. • 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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NOTARIES • Mr MJ Meijer Notarissen

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GROUPS AND CLUBS • American Women's Club of The Hague

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SPECIAL NEEDS

A wide array of organisations assist people with special needs in the Netherlands.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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. EDUCATION

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.

• 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.

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• 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). FUNDING • 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.

ASSISTANCE ORGANISATIONS (LINKS MOSTLY IN DUTCH) • 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.dinnersite.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.toegankelijkamsterdam.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.gehandicaptenreizen.nl. • Accessible Travel Netherlands (www.accessibletravelnl.com) is a local tour operator specialising in holidays for anyone with special access needs.

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HEALTHCARE

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. DOCTOR • 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. • Visit http://www.zorgkaartnederland.nl/huisarts (in Dutch) for doctors in your area.

• Some doctors will refuse registers because their practices are already full or if you live too far from the practice. Sometimes they will place you on a waiting list. • Medical emergencies • In case of a life-threatening emergency always call 112. This will give you access to all emergency services. • In other urgent situations call your GP. If your doctor’s office is closed and you have medical complaints that can't wait until the next day or after the weekend, call the central doctor’s office (‘Huisartsenpost’). Your GP’s website or answering machine will provide you with the phone number. 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.

D E N TA L F A C T O R Y Family dentist • General dentistry and specialisations Open 7 days a week • Plenty of personal attention Open to new clients • Multilingual staff

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• 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. ORTHODONTICS • Ortho is not covered by basic insurance. It possible to take out supplementary insurance for this. For children under 18 one of the parents needs to take out this insurance. • If you have orthodontic gear on before arriving to the Netherlands, some research will be done to see which orthodontist can continue the care. HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN • All aspects of children’s growth and development from birth up to 18 years old are covered by Youth Healthcare (JGZ – ‘Jeugd Gezondheidszorg’), a national service. • Your GP can provide you with the details. You can also search for your local ‘JGZ’. • Inoculations and checks from birth to age four take place at the consultatiebureau, which is part of the JGZ service. Expect a big check-up just before starting school. • For childhood immunisations, you may wish to check whether the Dutch immunisation scheme is the same as the one from your home country.

• Pharmacies in the Netherlands take your contact and insurance information and then consider you a long-term 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. 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. • You should register with a midwife early in your first trimester; Your huisarts can recommend one to you or visit the website of the Royal Dutch Association of Midwives (www.knov.nl). • Pain medication during delivery is not standard. Should you prefer to have pain medication or a hospital birth, let your midwife know within the first few months of your pregnancy. • Expectant mothers with certain sorts of medical conditions or complications will be handled by an obstetrician (gynaecologist), which will have you automatically deliver in the hospital. • Some hospitals have birth centres or nearby birthing “hotels”, where the environment is made more ‘homely’.

HOSPITALS • At the hospital, accident and emergency is “SEH” (spoedeisende hulp). • In case of a life-threatening emergency always call 112. • For a hospital admission for non-emergency treatment you need a referral from your GP. • In case of admission, keep your insurance company informed and check your policy. Not all policies fully cover all services at a particular hospital. PHARMACIES • 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.

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• If you do deliver your baby in a hospital, you can often be back at home the same day for postnatal (maternity) care. • Regular check-ups take place with the primary caregiver (midwife or obstetrician). • The routine prenatal testing recommended in the Netherlands is different from the guidelines in some other countries. • There are many types of birth preparation classes,. ACCESS (www.access-nl.org) can provide more info. • Finding a midwife or obstetrician/gynaecologist • Once your baby has arrived, you will be given assistance at home by a maternity nurse (kraamverzorgster); costs are usually covered by your insurance. • It is important to register for maternity care (kraamzorg) early in your pregnancy, as the nurses are sometimes in short supply. Your midwife will help you find one or check www.kraamzorg.nl (in Dutch). MATERNITY LEAVE • 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.

• As of July 1st 2020 there will be 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 employers 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). MENTAL 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).

Orthodontie

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• 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. PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE • 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. 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. • 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.

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• 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 BASIC INSURANCE • Cost is about EUR 110 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 - 2019: € 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. More information about Health insurance: http://www.h4i.nl/insurance

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SMILE

wherever you come from YOUR DENTIST IN AMSTERDAM

Specialisations Cleaning & prevention Esthetic dentistry Restorative dentistry Dental implants Endodontics Orthodontics Pediatric dentistry Gnathology

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International staff English • German • French Portuguese • Spanish

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WHAT TO DO AFTER ARRIVAL

Specialised psychological and psychiatric help for international guests

• 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: 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.

Feeling under pressure or depressed? Suffering from anxiety? Struggling with substance abuse or addiction? These are just some of the many mental health challenges you can face as an expatriate living in Holland, far from home. PsyQ International Mental Health Services are here to support you. We provide state of the art and discreet solutions to your mental health challenges. Mental health care begins with people, which is why our most unique resource is our staff of caring and deeply committed individuals. We have an international, multilingual team and consider ourselves to be a truly international mental health centre. All our staff are personally familiar with the expatriate experience and are officially registered professionals.

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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.

HEALTCARE INFORMATION • Healthcare for internationals

Tilburgseweg-West 100, 5652 NP Eindhoven info@h4i.nl | www.h4i.nl |  @H4internationals

DENTAL PRACTICES • Dental Factory

Jan van Galenstraat 171, 1056 BS Amsterdam | +31 (0)20 618 0074 info@dentalfactory.nl | www.dentalfactory.nl |  @dentalfactoryamsterdam

• Lassus Tandartsen Amsterdam

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 - 521 0660 | Oisterwijk@lassus.nl | www.lassustandartsenoisterwijk.nl

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• Lassus Tandartsen Lelystad

Middendreef 273, 8233 GT Lelystad +31(0)320331 660 | Lelystad@lassus.nl | www.lassustandartsenlelystad.nl

• Orthodontie Museumplein

Teniersstraat 2 hs, 1071 DX Amsterdam +31 (0)20 723 55 222 | info@orthodontiemuseumplein.nl | www.orthodontiemuseumplein.nl

EXPAT COACHING & THERAPY • 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

• 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

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TRANSPORT

Conditions apply to foreigners driving in the Netherlands, otherwise there’s an excellent public transport system. • To drive in the Netherlands you must have a valid licence recognised by Dutch law, and have third party insurance. • 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 non-residents 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. LICENSES THAT CAN BE EXCHANGED: • To exchange (omwisselen) your existing national driving licence (rijbewijs) for a Dutch one, you must fit into the categories below: -- 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 Switserland). -- 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

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• 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). • 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 have an EU/EEA or Switzerland driving licence with categories C, CE, C1, D etc -- You benefit from the 30% tax ruling -- Your driving licence is from the Netherlands Antilles or Aruba -- Your driving licence is from one of the countries with a special agreement • If you are 75 years or over you’ll need a medical examination, which the CBR may request for non-EU/ETFA/Swiss nationals also. • If you are applying under the 30 percent ruling you will need a statement from the tax office’s international department. • Check with all departments if additional documentation is required for your certain situation, and if any document requires translation or authentication. • You will generally forfeit your original licence (unless applying under the 30 percent ruling). • 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.

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• The hefty hindrance for bringing a car into the Netherlands is the private motor vehicle and motorcycle tax (BPM) -- levied as a percentage of the value of the car. • Exemption certificates are dealt by customs (www.douane.nl). • There are many implications affecting car tax calculations: consult the website www.belastingdienst.nl for full details (in English). • Also note that as a Dutch resident you may not drive in a vehicle with foreign registration plates – you will be considered as evading the import duty on the vehicle and road tax, and risk heavy fines. • All cars must be registered with the RDW (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer). If you bring your vehicle from abroad, it must first be reviewed at an RDW inspection station, after which registration plates are handled through the same office. • 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.

• The Department of Road Transport: www.rdw.nl, 0900 0739, or +31 (0)59 839 3330 (abroad) • Information on driving licences: www.rijbewijs.nl • Theory and driving tests: www.cbr.nl, 0900 0210 • ‘Road Traffic Signs and Regulations’ brochure: do a search on www.government.nl to download • Common traffic offences: www.verkeershandhaving.nl PUBLIC TRANSPORT • The swipecard payment system OV-chipkaart is the official public transport payment system for the metro, bus and tram 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 @OVchipkaart on social media. • Infrequent travellers can buy a single-use chipkaart ticket per trip.

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).

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• 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 tickets 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.

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• 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 organise the NS Zonetaxi when you buy your train ticket. This is a doorto-door taxi service at fixed prices, for up to four people (starting at EUR 6). • https://www.ns.nl/en/travel-information for all information.

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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.

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• 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.

• 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. • Ambulance • 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). GAS AND ELECTRICAL EMERGENCIES • 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.

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• 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

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 • 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. 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 2019 (Sint arrives in the Netherlands on Saturday, 16 November 2019) • Christmas Day (Eerste Kerstdag). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 December 2019 • Boxing Day (Tweede Kerstdag) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 December 2019 • New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 January 2020 • Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 April 2020 • Easter Sunday/Monday (Pasen). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday 12/Monday 13 April 2020 • King’s Day (Koningsdag). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 April 2020 • National Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking) [Not a bank holiday]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 May 2020 • Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 May 2020 (Bank holiday every 5 years. This year -2020) • Ascension (Hemelvaart). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 May 2020 • Whitsun (Pinksteren) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 May/1 June 2020 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 2018 (Herfstvakantie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 October 2019 to 29 October 2019 (North and Middle region) 12 October to 20 October 2019 (South region) • Christmas Holiday 2019-2020 (Kerstvakantie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 December to 5 January (all regions) • Spring Holiday 2019 (Voorjaarsvakantie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 to 23 February 2020 (North region) 22 February to 1 March 2020 (Middle and South region) • May Holiday 2019 (Meivakantie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 April to 3 May 2020 (all regions) • Summer Break 2019 (Zomervakantie) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 July to 16 August 2020 (North region 18 July to 30 August 2020 (Middle region) — 11 July to 23 August 2020 (South region) WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL | THE NETHERLANDS | SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2020

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EMPLOYMENT CAREER RESOURCES • AIESEC in the Netherlands - Hogehilweg 15, 1101 CB Amsterdam +31(0)20-3542520 | mc@aiesec.nl - Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, +31(0)13-4662573 | 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 • ScheerSandersAdvocaten Nassauplein 36, 2585 ED Den Haag +31(0)70 365 99 33 | info@scheer.nl | www.scheersanders.nl |  @scheersandersadvocaten • Van den Heuvel Juristen Laan van Wateringse Veld 855, 2548 BP Den Haag +31(0)70 221 0420 | info@vandenheuveljuristen.nl | www.vandenheuveljuristen.nl EXPAT EMPLOYERS • 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)20 723 528 | www.aics.espritscholen.nl • 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 • Atlassian Singel 236, 1016 AB Amsterdam +31 (0)20 796 0060 | www.atlassian.com/company/careers • Booking.com Herengracht 597, 1017 CE Amsterdam jobs@booking.com | www.booking.com/jobs • Brainport Development info@brainporteindhoven.nl | www.brainporteindhoven.com | www.brainpointeindhoven.com/work/vacancies • 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 • imec the Netherlands High Tech Campus 31, 5653 AK Eindhoven www.holstcentre.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 • Jamf Antonio Vivaldistraat 56, 1083 HP Amsterdam recruiting@jamf.com | www.jamf.com |  @JAMFsterdam • Laureate Online Education Haarlerbergweg 23C, 1101 CH Amsterdam +31 (0)20 713 00 47 | www.laureate.net

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• 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 • Revinate Herengracht 205-III, 1016 BE Amsterdam +31 20 2403030 | vani@revinate.com | www.revinate.com • 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 | f @thehagueinternationalcentre PAYROLL & CONTRACTING SERVICES • Dutch Umbrella Company Donauweg 10, 1043 AJ Amsterdam +31(0)208201568 | info@dutch-umbrella-company.com | www.dutch-umbrella-company.com |  @dutchumbrellacompany 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)20 573 8383 | welcome@projob.nl | www.projob.nl |  @Projob. Amsterdam • Undutchables Recruitment Agency Westeinde 20, 1017 ZP Amsterdam +31 (0)20 623 1300 | amsterdam@undutchables.nl | www.undutchables.nl • UWV EURES La Guardiaweg 116, 1043 DL Amsterdam +31 (0)88-898 9294 | workinthenetherlands@uwv.nl | www.werk.nl/eures  @EURES.NEDERLAND • YER Hogehilweg 16, 1101 CD Amsterdam +31 (0)20 697 5011 | info@yer.nl | 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 EINDHOVEN • 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 Heerenveen • Holland Employment Experts Koornbeursweg 67, 8442 DJ Heerenveen +31 (0)513 845 491 | info@hollandemploymentexperts.nl | www.hollandemploymentexperts.nl HENGELO • The Chain Company Langelermaatweg 50, 7553 JE Hengelo + 31 742469210 | info@thechaincompany.nl | www.thechaincompany.nl • WYSIWYG Nederland B.V. Langelermaatweg 50, 7553 JE Hengelo + 31 742469210 | info@wysiwygnederland.nl | www.wysiwygnederland.nl

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LISTINGS

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 • Madison Parker international BV Koningin Julianalaan 351 A, 2273 JJ Voorburg +31 (0)70 387 5911 | info@madisonparker.nl | www.madisonparker.nl • 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

RELOCATION EXPAT CENTRES • Expat Centre Leiden Stationsweg 26 | 2312 AV Leiden info@expatcentreleiden.nl | www.expatcentreleiden.nl |  @ExpatCentreLeiden • Expat Centre Maastricht Region Postbus 1992, 6201 BZ Maastricht +31 (0)43 350 5010 | expatcentre@maastricht.nl | www.expatcentremaastrichtregion.nl |  ExpatCentreMaastrichtRegion • 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 | iwcur@utrecht.nl |  @IWCUR • 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 • International Welcome Center North (IWCN) Gedempte Zuiderdiep 98, 9711 HL Groningen +31 (0)50 367 7197 | info@iwcn.nl | www.iwcn.nl | LinkedIn • 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 In-company language training and culture training INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL • 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 LANGUAGE SCHOOL • Flowently; private and in-company language and culture training Azartplein 79, 1019 PB Amsterdam +31 (0)6 4133 9323 | info@flowently.com | www.flowently.com |  @flowently IMMIGRATION LAYWERS • Mynta Law Benoordenhoutseweg 43, 2596 BC Den Haag +31 (0)70 205 11 62 | info@mynta.nl | www.mynta.nl |  @myntalaw • Prakken d’Oliveira Linnaeusstraat 2A, 1092 CK Amsterdam +31(0)20 344 62 00 | info@prakkendoliveira.nl | www.prakkendoliveira.nl INFORMATION CENTRES • ACCESS Laan van Meerdervoort 70, 1st floor, 2517 AN Den Haag +31 (0)900 2222377 | helpdesk@access-nl.org | www.access-nl.org  @ACCESSNL

• New2nl Amsterdam +31 (0)6 29 09 39 33 | annebet@new2nl.com | www.new2nl.com INTERIOR & STYLING ADVICE • Frés Interiors +31 (0) 628446773 | fresinteriors@gmail.com | www.fresinteriors.nl PENSION CONSULTANTS • S&S Pension Consultancy Venenburg 16, 1394 NB Nederhorst den Berg +31 (0)6 2601 4112 | www.senspc.nl RELOCATION SERVICES • Altair Global Het Kleine Loo 414 T, 2592 CK Den Haag + 31 (0)70 324 2524 | mailto:nl.relocation@altairglobal.eu | www.altairglobal.com |  @AltairGlobal • 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 Management Group Herengracht 168, 1016 BP Amsterdam +31 (0)20 707 05 51 | info@expatmanagementgroup.com | www.expatmanagementgroup.com • Expat Property Hoofdweg 315-H, 1056 CM Amsterdam | www.expatproperty.amsterdam | info@expatproperty.amsterdam • Expertise in Labour Mobility Mathenesserlaan 255, 3021 HD Rotterdam +31 (0)10 477 6816 | info@labourmobility.com | www.labourmobility.com |  @labourmobility • Eurohome Relocation Services BV Wolga 12, 2491 BJ Den Haag + 31 (0)70 301 1366 | www.eurohome-relocation.com |  @EurohomeRelocationServices • HousingAgent.com Churchill-laan 59, 1078 DH Amsterdam +31 (0)20 7723915 | info@housingagents.com | www.housingagent.com |  @HousingAgentCom • Mortgage Holland by Hypotheek Visie De Waal 20, 5684 PH Best +31 (0)499 336770 | mortgageholland@hypotheekvisie.nl | www.mortgageholland.nl • P&D Care Willem II Straat 8, 5038 BG Tilburg +31 (0)13 582 13 73 | info@pendcare.com | www.pendcare.com |  @helpforexpats • PAS BMS Relocation Services Schoutenlaan 62, 2215 ZH Voorhout +31 (0)25 234 7876 | info@pasbms.com | www.pasbms.com • RelocAid: Relocation and immigration Rendementsweg 12A, 3641 SK Mijdrecht +31 (0)29 727 2784 | info@relocaid.com | www.relocaid.com |  @relocaid • Santa Fe Relocation H. Kamerlingh Onnesweg 3, 2408 AX Alphen aan den Rijn +31(0)172 44 7979 | amsterdam@santaferelo.com | www.santaferelo.com |  @SantaFeRelo • ServicedApartments.nl Gustav Mahlerlaan 50b, 1082 MC Amsterdam +31 (0)20 723 3490 | info@servicedapartments.nl | www.servicedapartments.nl |  @servicedapartmentsinthenetherlands

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• Short Stay Group Herengracht 451, 1017 BS, Amsterdam +31 (0)20 523 1028 | yolanda@shortstaygroup.com | www.shortstayreservations.com |  @ShortStayReservations • UButler Prinsengracht 436, 1017 KE Amsterdam info@ubutler.nl | www.ubutler.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

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Children/teenagers support: www.nsgk.nl Deaf/blind support www.doofblind.nl Down Syndrome Foundation (SDS) www.downsyndroom.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

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 • De Raad Makelaars Sandtlaan 38, 2223 GG Katwijk +31 (0)71 4051500 naomi.bloemendaal@deraadmakelaars.nl | www.wonenincalla.nl | www.woneninbougainville.nl | www.wonenindeananas.nl |  @WoneninCallal |  @woneninbougainvillel |  @DeAnanasLeiden • Expatrentals Panamalaan 5 F, 1019 AS Amsterdam +31 (0) 204700749 | info@expatrentals.com | www.expatrentals.com • Expat Housing Network Korte Schimmelstraat 12, 1053 SZ Amsterdam Network (Housing gewoon): Raiffeisenstraat 11 (unit 5), 5611 CH Eindhoven | +31 (0)20 2617434 +31 (0)202617434 | info@expathousingnetwork.nl | www.expathousingnetwork.nl • Expat Property Hoofdweg 315-H, 1056 CM Amsterdam www.expatproperty.amsterdam | info@expatproperty.amsterdam • Holland Home Management Blasiusstraat 94-A, 1091CX Amsterdam + 31 (0) 20 35 47 195 | 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 (nieuwe pand in september), 3361 EN Sliedrecht +31 (0)85-4883619 | info@homerent.nl | www.homerent.nl |  @HomeRent.NL • HousingAgent.com Churchill-laan 59, 1078 DH Amsterdam +31 (0)20 7723915 | info@housingagents.com | www.housingagent.com |  @HousingAgentCom • Listings Keizersgracht 555, 1017 DR Amsterdam +31(0) 6 14499787 | info@listings.nl | www.listings.nl |  @ListingsNL • MVA Certified Expat broker Frans van Mierisstraat 59,1071 RL Amsterdam +31 (0)20 673 3322 | info@mva.nl | www.mvahousing.nl |  @MVACertifiedExpatBroker • 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 • Residence32 Tongelresestraat 30.26, 5611 VK Eindhoven +31 (0)40 218 00 72 | info@lighthouse.group | www.lighthouse.group/r32nl • ’t Gooi Estate Rentals Sint Janstraat 25A, 1251 KZ Laren +31 (0)35 888 49 90 | info@gooirentals.com | www.gooirentals.nl |  @tGooiEstateRentals

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• 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 BOARDING HOUSES • Stichting Bouwlust – Bas Bouwlust Abraham Patrasstraat 5, 2595 RC Den Haag +31 (0)85 040 2163 | info@basbouwlust.nl | www.basbouwlust.nl CLEANING SERVICES • Book a tiger Contact-nl@bookatiger.com | www.bookatiger.com • Helpling Netherlands +31 (0)20 217 0804 | contact@helpling.nl | www.helpling.nl FURNITURE RENTAL • Furniture Lease Sint Walburg 20B, 6671 AS, Zetten + 31 (0) 488 45 25 86 | info@furniturelease.nl | www.furniturelease.nl |  @furnitureleasemeubelverhuurexpatservice 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 Kredieter/DK Mortgage Consultants Strawinksylaan 17, 1077 XW Amsterdam +31 (0)20 575 33 20 | info@kredieter.nl | www.kredieter.nl • 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 20-7173908 | info@expatmortgages.nl | www.expatmortgages.nl • Freek Hypotheek Aalsterweg 179, 5644 RA Eindhoven | +31 (0)40-2114054 Vestdijk 188, 5611 CZ Eindhoven | +31(0)40-2922222 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

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NOTARIES • Mr MJ Meijer Notarissen Keizersgracht 695–699, 1017 DW Amsterdam +31 (0)20 531 7070 | info@meijernotarissen.nl | www.meijernotarissen.nl |  @meijernotarissen SERVICED HOUSING • Corendon Village Hotel Amsterdam Schipholweg 275, 1171 PK, Badhoevedorp +31 (0)20 820 7843 | centralsales@corendonhotels.com | www.corendonhotels.com • Corporate Housing Factory Claude Debussylaan 235, 1082 MC, Amsterdam +31 (0)88 11 69 500 | info@corporatehousingfactory.com | www.corporatehousingfactory.com |  @CGFapartments • ServicedApartments.nl Gustav Mahlerlaan 50b, 1082 MC Amsterdam +31 (0)20 723 3490 | info@servicedapartments.nl | www.servicedapartments.nl |  @servicedapartmentsinthenetherlands • Utrecht City Apartments Office: Korte Jansstraat 23, 3512 GM Utrecht Locations: - Weerdsingel Oostzijde 10, 3514 AA Utrecht - Huizingalaan 121, 3572 LL Utrecht - Oudegracht 152, 3511 AZ Utrecht - Westerdijk 4, 3513 EW Utrecht - Plompetorengracht 11, 3512 CA Utrecht

+31 (0)30 2317100 | +31 (0)6 25090191 | 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 Veerhaven 4 – fourth floor, 3016 CJ Rotterdam +31 (0)10 76 705 74 | info@shortstaycitizens.com | www.shortstaycitizens.com |  @shortstaycitizens • 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

SETTING UP HOME COMMUNICATIONS • Elbenk Com, IPTV & Satellietontvangst Verlaatweg 72 L, 8243 PS Lelystad +31 (0)32 021 3130 | www.elbenk.nl • Truphone Rembrandtlaan 1 A, 3723 BG Bilthoven +31 (0)30 760 0556 | business.nl@truphone.com | www.truphone.com ENERGY & GAS • Greenchoice Pieter de Hoochweg 108, 3024BH Rotterdam +31 (0)10 478 2326 | vragen@greenchoice.nl | www.greenchoice.nl • UnitedConsumers Luchthavenweg 20, 5657 EB Eindhoven +31 (0)40 235 0560 | info@unitedconsumers.com | www.unitedconsumers.com |  @UnitedConsumers FURNITURE RENTAL • Furniture Lease Sint Walburg 20B, 6671 AS, Zetten + 31 (0) 488 45 25 86 | info@furniturelease.nl | www.furniturelease.nl |  @furnitureleasemeubelverhuurexpatservice

INTERIOR & STYLING ADVICE • Frés Interiors +31 (0) 628446773 | fresinteriors@gmail.com | www.fresinteriors.nl RENOVATION, REFURBISHMENT, INTERIOR • Koppig Design Willy den Oudenstraat 4, 3056 AD Rotterdam | www.koppigdesign.com MORTGAGE CONSULTANTS • Mortgage Holland by Hypotheek Visie De Waal 20, 5684 PH Best +31 (0)499 336770 | mortgageholland@hypotheekvisie.nl | www.mortgageholland.nl SERVICED HOUSING • ServicedApartments.nl Gustav Mahlerlaan 50b, 1082 MC Amsterdam +31 (0)20 723 3490 | info@servicedapartments.nl | www.servicedapartments.nl |  @servicedapartmentsinthenetherlands UTILITY SERVICE • UButler Prinsengracht 436, 1017 KE Amsterdam | info@ubutler.nl | www.ubutler.nl • Utility Provider Rivium 4e Straat 3, 2909 LJ Cappelle aan den IJssel +31 (0)10 870 1598 | info@utility-provider.nl | www.utility-provider.nl

FINANCE FINANCIAL AND TAX ADVISORS • ABBM Group | www.abbmgroup.com • ABN AMRO International Clients +31 (0)20 343 4002 | international.clients@nl.abnamro.com | www.abnamro.nl/expats • Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Limited De Haagsche Zwaan, Schenkkade 50K, 2595 AR Den Haag +31 (0)70 4500060 | netherlands@blacktowerfm.com | www.blacktowerfm.com • Blue Umbrella Weesperstraat 106, 1018 DN AMSTERDAM +31(0)20 4687560 |  @blue.umbrella.services • 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 - Vestdijk 23, 5611 CA Eindhoven +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 • NAHV Belastingadviseurs B.V. Oostenburgervoorstraat 80, 1511 GJ Amsterdam +31 (0)20 6225509 | mja@nahv.nl | www.nahv.nl/en/ |  @NAHVBelastingadviseurs • Rabobank Amsterdam Amstelplein 8, 1096 BC Amsterdam +31 (0)88 7239597 | www.rabobank.nl/amsterdam • Rabobank Regio Eindhoven Emmasingel 4, 5611 AZ Eindhoven +31 (40) 293 60 00 | www.rabobank.nl/eindhoven-veldhoven | FinancieelAdvies. Eindhoven-Veldhoven@rabobank.nl

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• 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 • Tax Direct Nachtwachtlaan 20, 1058 EA Amsterdam +31(0)20 820 8340 | taxteam@taxdirect.nl | www.taxdirect.nl MORTGAGE CONSULTANTS • de Kredieter/DK Mortgage Consultants Strawinksylaan 17, 1077 XW Amsterdam +31(0)20 575 33 20 | info@kredieter.nl | www.kredieter.nl • 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 • Freek Mortgage Eindhoven Vestdijk 188, 5611 CZ Eindhoven | +31 (0)40 2114054 Aalsterweg 179, 5644 RA Eindhoven | +31 (0)40 2922222 Eindhoven@freekhypotheek.nl | www.freekhypotheek.nl/eindhoven • Hypotheekrente.nl IJsselstraat 19, 3401 DJ IJsselstein +31 (0)30 237 44 99 | info@hypotheekrente.nl | www.hypotheekrente.nl • Mortgage Holland by Hypotheek Visie De Waal 20, 5684 PH Best +31 (0)499 336770 | mortgageholland@hypotheekvisie.nl | www.mortgageholland.nl • Mister Mortgage Brouwersgracht 246H, 1013 HE Amsterdam +31 (0)20 210 1074 | hi@mistermortgage.nl | www.mistermortgage.nl

FINANCIAL EDUCATION • 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 • 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 De 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

EDUCATION BUSINESS EDUCATION • 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 13 466 86 00 Horsten 1, 5612 AX Eindhoven Kromme Nieuwegracht 39, 3512 HD Utrecht +31 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

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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 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 | info.ais@ogamstelland.nl | 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 | www.aics.espritscholen.nl • Groningse Schoolvereniging Sweelincklaan 4, 9722 JV Groningen +31 (0)50 5270818 | www.g-s-v.nl • Haagsche Schoolvereeniging We have four locations and a Special Education school

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• 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 Education - VNS van Nijenrodestraat 16, 2597 RM The Hague | +31 70 328 1441 ldean@hsvdenhaag.n | https://hsvdenhaag.nl/ • International Primary School Almere A. Roland Holststraat 58, 1321 RX Almere + 31 (0) 36 5367240 | 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 Secondary dept. and senior primary: 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 • Interteach Elementary Bosscheweg 76, Boxtel, Postbus 286, 5060 AG Oisterwijk +31 (0)30-7440647 | info@interteachelementary.com | www.interteachexpat.com • 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 • 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 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS LISTING:

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* 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 Molenweidtje 5, 1862 BC Bergen NH | +31 (0)72 589 0109 | www.esbergen.eu ALMERE International Primary School Almere * (K-5) Roland Holststraat 58, 1321 RX Almere | + 31(0)36 536 7240 | www.ipsalmere.nl International School Almere (Secondary) * (gr 6-12) Heliumweg 61, 1362 JA Almere-Poort | +31 (0)36 760 0750 | www.internationalschoolalmere.nl AMSTERDAM AREA 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 NEW! Amstelland International School * (primary) Asserring 93, 1187 SM Amstelveen | Opens October 1st, 2019 | igbo@amstelland.nl | +31 (0)20 820 9091 Florencius International School (Primary) De Savornin Lohmanlaan 2, 1181 XM Amstelveen | +31 (0)20 640 8118 | florenciusinternationalschool.nl

• 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 • Amity International School Amsterdam Amsterdamseweg 204, 1182 HL Amstelveen | +31 (0)20 345 4481 | www.amityschool.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 • Rivers International School Arnhem (K-12) * Parnassusstraat 20, 6846 RB Arnhem | +31 (0)26 320 2840 | www.riversarnhem.org BREDA • International School Breda (K-12) * Mozartlaan 27, 4837 EH Breda | +31 (0)76 560 7870 | www.internationalschoolbreda.nl BRUNSSUM (Limburg) • Afnorth International School Ferdinand Bolstraat 1, 6445 EEBrunssum | +31 (0)45 527 8221 | www.afnorth-is.com DELFT • International School Delft * Primary School at Jaffalaan 9, 2628 BX Delft | +31 (0)15 285 0038 | www.isdelft.com • NEW! Secondary School Colijnlaan2, 2613 VZ Delft Starting with MYP 1 and 2 +31 (0)15 285 0038, press 1 | www.internationalschooldelft.org EERDE (near Zwolle) • Eerde International Boarding School (K-12) Kasteellaan 1, 7731 PJ Ommen | +31 (0)529 451 452 | www.eerde.nl EINDHOVEN • International School Eindhoven * (K-12) Oirschotsedijk 14B, 5651 GC Eindhoven | +31 (0)40 251 9437 | www.isecampus.nl ENSCHEDE • 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 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 THE HAGUE AREA (Den Haag) • 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 • 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 • International Primary Waldorfschool The Hague* www.internationalwaldorfschool.nl | +31 (0)70 783 0030 2e Messstraat 31 | 2586 XA Den Haag • International School of The Hague (K-12) * Wijndaelerduin 1, 2554 BX Den Haag | +31 (0)70 328 1450 | www.ishthehague.nl

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• 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 • New! International Secondary Department at RLW * Starting with MYP 1 and 2 Backershagenlaan 5, 2243 AB Wassenaar | +31 (0)70 511 0400 | info@rijnlandslyceum-rlw.nl • Deutsche Internationale Schule (German School) Van Bleiswijkstraat 125, 2582 LB Den Haag | +31 (0)70 354 9454 | www.disdh.nl • Le Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh Scheveningseweg 237, 2584 AA Den Haag | +31(0)70 306 6920 | www.lyceevangogh.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 • The Indonesian Embassy School in the Netherlands Rijksstraatweg 679, 2245 CB Wassenaar | +31 (0)70 517 8875 | www.sekolahindonesia.nl HAARLEM • 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 • 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 • Florencius International School (Primary) Leemzeulder 29, 1251 AM Laren | +31 (0)35 691 2525 | www.florenciusinternationalschool.nl • International Secondary School Laren (Sec) * Langsakker 4, 1251 GB Laren | + 31 (0)35 539 5422 | www.islaren.nl LEIDEN AREA LEIDERDORP • Leiden International Primary School * Klimopzoom 41, 2353 RE Leiderdorp +31 (0)71 589 2945 | www.elckerlyc-international.nl OEGSTGEEST • International secondary dept. at Het Rijnlands Lyceum * Apollolaan 1, 2341 BA Oegstgeest +31 (0)71 519 3555 | www.isrlo.nl MAASTRICHT • United World College Maastricht (pre K-12) * Discusworp 65, 6225 XP Maastricht NL | +31 (0)43 241 0410 | www.uwcmaastricht.nl ROTTERDAM • De Blijberg International Primary Dept. * Graaf Florisstraat 56, 3021 CJ Rotterdam +31 (0)10 448 2266 | http://international.blijberg.nl • Rotterdam International Secondary School * Junior Campus: Bentincklaan 294, 3039 Rotterdam Senior Campus: Schimmelpenninckstraat 23, 3039 KS Rotterdam +31 (0)10 890 7749 | http://riss.wolfert.nl | • Nord Anglia International School of Rotterdam (K-12) Verhulstlaan 21, 3055 WJ Rotterdam | +31(0)10 422 5351 | www.naisr.nl

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• The Japanese School ofRotterdam Verhulstlaan 19, 3055 WJRotterdam | +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 T +31 65 598 8998 E info@educaide.nl W www.educaide.nl LANGUAGE SCHOOLS • Alliance Française Amsterdam Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam +31 20 523 07 42 | bonjour@afamsterdam.nl | www.afamsterdam.nl |  @afamsterdam • Centre Français-Néerlandais Walenpleintje 157, 1012 JZ Amsterdam +31 (0)20 6232074 | centre@dewaalsekerk.nl | www.centrefrancaisneerlandais.nl • Dutch Courses Amsterdam Postjesweg 57, 1057 DW, Amsterdam +31 (0)6 54992219 | www.dutchcoursesamsterdam.nl |  DutchCoursesAmsterdam • Dutch Courses Amsterdam Katakura WBLC Havikshorst 30, 1083 TT Amsterdam Egelantiersstraat 126, 1015 PR Amsterdam +31 (0)20 6122727 | katakurawblc@gmail.com | www.katakura-wblc.nl |  @DutchCoursesKatakura • 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 language and culture training Azartplein 79, 1019 PB Amsterdam +31 (0)6 4133 9323 info@flowently.com | www.flowently.com |  @flowently • iplus1 Tjalklaan 43, Rotterdam +31 6 43 95 63 55 | info@iplus1.nl | www.iplus1.nl |  @iplus.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 • NedLes Nieuwe Herengracht 145, 1011 SG Amsterdam +31 (0)20 624 3510 | +31 (0)6 2558 5653 | info@nedles.nl | www.nedles.nl • Openbaar Onderwijs aan de Amstel Ruysdaelkade 215, 1072 AW Amsterdam +31 (0) 20 5776040 | ooada.nl • STE Languages Aalsterweg 3, 5615 CA Eindhoven +31 (0)40 245 28 60 | info@ste.nl | www.ste.nl • 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 • Taalhuis Amsterdam - Sint Nicolaasstraat 59, 1012 NJ Amsterdam - Muiderstraat 24, 1011 RC Amsterdam +31 (0)6 18 110 984 | info@taalhuisamsterdam.nl | www.taalhuisamsterdam.nl |  @taalhuisamsterdam • Talencoach Keizersgracht 8, 1015 CN Amsterdam +31 (0)20 331 3738 | www.talencoach.nl | www.dutchflownow.nl • Talenmeester Kruisweg 620, 2132 CH Hoofddorp info@talenmeester.nl | www.talenmeester.nl

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• Think Smart English Raambrug 28a, 5531 AG Bladel +31 (0)497 769 065 | info@thinksmartenglish.nl | www.thinksmartenglish.com |  @thinksmartenglish • Una Paloma Blanca P.Czn. Hooftlaan 14, 5611 NV Eindhoven +31 (0)6 5789 5656 | info@unapalomablanca.com | www.unapalomablanca.nl • Ute's International Lounge Aagje Dekenkade 2, 2251 ZV Voorschoten +31 (0)650601984 | info@UtesInternationalLounge.com | www.UtesInternationalLounge.com |  @UtesInternationalLounge • UvA Talen Language Centre Roetersstraat 25, 1018 WB Amsterdam +31 20 525 4637 | trainers@uvatalen.nl | www.uvatalen.nl | www.thelanguageacademy.nl |  @uvatalen @thelanguageacademyNL LANGUAGE WEBSHOP • Dutch I presume +31 (0)10 798 6018 | info@dutchipresume.com www.dutchipresume.com (CORPORATE) TRAINING • Outspoken Communication +31 (0)88 111 9333 | 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

ONLINE EDUCATION • Laureate Online Education Haarlerbergweg 23C, 1101 CH Amsterdam +31 (0)20 713 00 47 | www.laureate.net • Relocation help The Hague International Centre City Hall (Atrium) Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag +31 (0)70 3535043 | internationalcentre@denhaag.nl | www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl |  @thehagueinternationalcentre • Young Expat Services Krommepad 5j, 1251 HP Laren +31(0)6 14366627 | info@youngexpatservices.nl | www.youngexpatservices.nl STUDY COACHING SERVICES • Studie Nanny at Home Soestdijkseweg Zuid 244, 3721 AJ Bilthoven Tel: 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 WRITING WORKSHOP • Amsterdam Writing Workshops Damrak 367, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam +31 (0) 62 502 0817 | info@amsterdamwriting.com | www.amsterdamwriting.com

FAMILIES BABYSITTING • Charly Cares ‘s-Gravenhekje 1A – 2nd floor, 1011 TG Amsterdam +31 (0)20 210 2323 | info@charlycares.com | www.charlycares.com CHILDCARE • Hestia Early Learning Centre Uiterwaardenstraat 542, 1079 DE Amsterdam +31 (0)20 6618710 | planning.plaatsing@hestiakinderopvang.nl | https://hestiakinderopvang.nl/en/locations/ • Korein Kinderplein Kanaaldijk-Zuid 5a, 5613 LE Eindhoven +31 (0)40 294 8940 | klantadvies@korein.nl | www.koreinkinderplein.nl ENTERTAINMENT • A Dutch Experience Oude Enghweg 32, 1217 JD, Hilversum +31 (0)35 62 12 825 | info@adutchexperience.com | www. adutchexperience.com |  @adutchexperience GROUPS AND CLUBS • 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 PRIVATE EDUCATION • Interteach Elementary Bosscheweg 76, Boxtel, Postbus 286, 5060 AG Oisterwijk +31 (0)30-7440647 | info@interteachelementary.com | www.interteachexpat.com STUDY COACHING SERVICES • Studie Nanny at Home Soestdijkseweg Zuid 244, 3721 AJ Bilthoven Tel: 030 - 274 04 30 | info@studienannyathome.nl | www.studienannyathome.nl |  @studienannyathome SUBSIDISED EDUCATION • 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

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 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 • 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 • HelloFresh Nederland | www.hellofresh.nl Spaklerweg 50-52, 1099 BC Amsterdam +31 (0)20 760 2014 |  @HelloFreshNL NUTRITION CONSULTING • EatLiveLoveFood +31 (0)6 3055 4729 | info@eatlivelovefood.com | www.eatlivelovefood.com MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHY • Mark Media & Art Entrepodok 117, 1018 AD Amsterdam +31 (0)6 2853 3924 | info@markmedia.nl | www.markmedia.nl • 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 • Orhan Sahin Photography +31 (0)6 4302 3225 | mail@orhansahin.nl www.orhansahin.nl

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• Profile Studio Willem van Hillegaersbergstraat 50, 3051 Rotterdam +31 (0)6 2529 9091 | info@profilestudio.nl | www.profilestudio.nl • 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 7502828 | info@gelijkadvocaten.nl | www.gelijkadvocaten.nl • 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

• 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 • Ute's International Lounge Aagje Dekenkade 2, 2251 ZV Voorschoten +31 (0)650601984 | info@UtesInternationalLounge.com | www.UtesInternationalLounge.com |  @UtesInternationalLounge • The Hague International Centre City Hall (Atrium) Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag +31 (0)70 3535043 | internationalcentre@denhaag.nl | www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl |  @thehagueinternationalcentre • Young Expat Services Krommepad 5j, 1251 HP Laren +31(0)6 14366627 | info@youngexpatservices.nl | www.youngexpatservices.nl STUDY COACHING SERVICES: • Studie Nanny at Home Soestdijkseweg Zuid 244, 3721 AJ Bilthoven +31 (0)30 274 04 30 | info@studienannyathome.nl | www.studienannyathome.nl |  @studienannyathome

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 – 394 56 14 - 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). INSURANCE PROVIDERS • ONVZ Zorgverzekeraar De Molen 66, 3995 AX Houten +31 (0)30 639 6222 | www.onvz.nl HEALTHCARE INFORMATION • Healthcare for internationals Tilburgseweg-West 100, 5652 NP Eindhoven info@h4i.nl | www.h4i.nl |  @H4internationals HEALTH CONTACTS • 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

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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 • Huisartsenpraktijk Keizersgracht Bilderdijkstraat 142 – 148, 1053 KZ Amsterdam Westermarkt 2, 1016 DK Amsterdam Maasstraat 71, 1078 HE Amsterdam Nassaukade 361, 1054 AA Amsterdam +31 (0)20 450 9919 | info@hapk.nl | www.hapk.nl • Markant, centrum voor Mantelzorgondersteuning Zwanenburgwal 206, 1011 JH Amsterdam +31 (0)20 8868800 | www.markant.org EMERGENCY DOCTORS SERVICES (CENTRALE HUISARTSENPOST) • 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 DENTAL PRACTICES • Dental Factory Jan van Galenstraat 171, 1056 BS Amsterdam | +31 (0)20 618 0074 info@dentalfactory.nl | www.dentalfactory.nl |  @dentalfactoryamsterdam • Lassus Tandartsen Amsterdam 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

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• Lassus Tandartsen Oisterwijk Moergestelseweg 32L,5062 JW Oisterwijk +31(0)13 - 521 0660 | Oisterwijk@lassus.nl | www.lassustandartsenoisterwijk.nl • Lassus Tandartsen Lelystad Middendreef 273, 8233 GT Lelystad +31(0)320331 660 | Lelystad@lassus.nl | www.lassustandartsenlelystad.nl • Mondzorg De Kleine Wetering Kastelenstraat 111, 1082 EB Amsterdam +31(0)20 644 04 48 | 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)20 723 55 222 | info@orthodontiemuseumplein.nl | www.orthodontiemuseumplein.nl EXPAT COACHING & THERAPY • 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)40 266 8580 Woesthoeve 1, 5708 VN Helmond | +31 (0)492 667 379 jos@vidasense.nl | www.vidasense.nl MEDICAL JOBS • Applied Medical Europe B.V. Wiekenweg 21, 3815 KL Amersfoort +31 (0)33 754 8713 | recruitment-eu@appliedmedical.com | www.appliedmedical.com BIRTH • De Boezemvriend Overtoom 205, 1054 HT Amsterdam +31 (0)20-4712729 | fdevries@deboezemvriend.nl | www.deboezemvriend.nl |  @boezemvriend • Verloskundigen 101 Johannes Verhulststraat 101, 1071 MX Amsterdam +31 (0)20 470 0067 | 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 • Only SHE Fitness Boschdijk 738, 5624 CL Eindhoven +31 (0)40 304 6246 | www.only-she.fitness • Svaha Yoga Amsterdam www.svahayoga.com

TRANSPORT MEDIA • XPat Media Van Boetzelaerlaan, book learn to cycle in Amsterdam 153, 2581 AR Den Haag +31(0)70 306 33 10 | info@xpat.nl | www.xpat.nl |  @xpatmedia BUYING A CAR • Autohaag Zeeuw ‘s-Gravenlandseweg 396a, 3125 BK Schiedam +31 (0) 88-0553910 info@autohaagzeeuw.nl | www.autohaagzeeuw.nl CAR RENTAL • Bynco.com Stadsplateau 11, 3521 AZ Utrecht +31 (0)30-2074220 | info@bynco.com | www.bynco.com/nl/expats |  @byncoNL • Hertz Rent a Car | www.hertz.nl +31 (0)23 567 0747 | salesnl@hertz.com • 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

DRIVING LESSONS • Rijschool Dekker BV Hertogstraat 38, 5611 PB Eindhoven +31 (0)40 444 44 44 | info@rijschooldekker.nl | www.rijschooldekker.nl |  @rijschooldekker (INTERNATIONAL) MOVERS • Brabantse Verhuis Centrale Broekakkerseweg 22, 5641 PC Eindhoven +31(0)40 248 32 50 | www.verhuiscentrale.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 • Maxi Movers Paganelstraat 2, 7821 AA Emmen +31 (0)591 648 810 | info@maxibox.nl | www.maxibox.nl • Passies International Movers Broekermeerstraat 136, 2131 AT Hoofddorp +31 (0)23-561 5955 | info@passies.nl | www.passies.nl/en/ |  @PassiesVerhuizers

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ENTERTAINMENT 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 • 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 Eindhoven News: www.eindhovennews.nl • Expatica | www.expatica.nl Howdo Magazine | www.howdo.info • The Hague Online | www.thehagueonline.com • The Holland Times Energieplein 8, 2031 TC Haarlem +31 (0)20 410 7880 | www.hollandtimes.nl • XPat Media Van Boetzelaerlaan 153, 2581 AR The Hague +31 (0)70 306 3310 | www.xpat.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 | www.gardnerkookt.nl +31 (0)62 244 6985 | contact@gardnerkookt.nl |  @GardnerKookt • Hard Rock Café Max Euweplein 57–61, 1017 MA Amsterdam +31 (0)20 523 7611 | www.hardrock.com/cafes/amsterdam • Heineken Experience Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam www.heinekenexperience.nl • 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 MUSIC, THEATER, FILM & COMEDY • Amsterdam Magic Show Paleis van de Weemoed, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 15, 1012 EH Amsterdam hi@amsterdam-magic.com | www.amsterdam-magic.com • Boom Chicago Rozengracht 117, 1016 LV Amsterdam hello@boomchicago.nl | www.boomchicago.nl

• Broadcast Amsterdam info@broadcastamsterdam.nl | www.broadcastamsterdam.nl • Easylaughs info@easylaughs.nl | www.easylaughs.nl • EYE Film IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam +31 (0)20 589 1400 | info@eyefilm.nl | www.eyefilm.nl • North Sea Jazz Club Westergasfabriek, Pazzanistraat 1, 1014 DB Amsterdam +31 (0)20 722 0980 | info@northseajazzclub.com | www.northseajazzclub.com • Orange Theatre Company Lindegracht 276, 1015 KN Amsterdam +31 (0)6 33603036 | elyse@orangetheatrecompany.com | www.orangetheatrecompany.com • 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 • STET The English Theatre Nassaulaan 17, 2243 HJ Wassenaar +31 (0)6 300 500 18 | info@theenglishtheatre.nl • Zoe Zulu Productions De Lingert 5704, 6605 DP Wijchen +31 (0)6 23176387 | zoezuluproductions@gmail.com | www.zoezulu.com TOURISM & ACTIVITIES • A Dutch Experience Oude Enghweg 32, 1217 JD, Hilversum +31 (0)35 62 12 825 | info@adutchexperience.com | www. adutchexperience.com • Bleekemolens Race Planet Amsterdam | Delft | Mijdrecht | Zandvoort Herwijk 10, 1046 BC Amsterdam | amsterdam@raceplanet.nl +31 (0)20 611 1120 | www.raceplanet.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 | www.amsterdamwriting.com +31 (0)6 2502 0817 | info@amsterdamwriting.com

GROUPS AND CLUBS ADVICE AND INFORMATION • 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) | heldesk@access-nl.org | www.access-nl.org |  @ACCESSNL • Expatriate Archive Centre Paramaribostraat 20, 2585 GN, Den Haag +31 (0)70 427 2014 | welcome@xpatarchive.com | www.xpatarchive.com

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BUSINESS/PROFESSIONAL • Amsterdam American Business Club (AABC): www.aabc.nl • Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce (AmCham): www.amcham.nl • Australian Business in Europe: www.abie-nl.nl • Club of Amsterdam: www.clubofamsterdam.com • Commerical Anglo-Dutch Society (CADS): www.cadsnewsletter.wordpress.com • Connecting Women : www.connectingwomen.nl • Dutch Carribean Business Club: www.dutchcaribbeanbusinessclub.com • European Professional Women’s Network Amsterdam: www.pwnamsterdam.net • Foreign Press Association: www.bpv-fpa.nl • French Chamber of Commerce Netherlands: www.cfci.nl • Institute of Directors: www.iod.com • Junior Chamber International (Amsterdam): www.jciai.nl • Kiwi Expat Association (KEA): www.keanewzealand.com • Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce: www.nbcc.co.uk

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• Netherlands- Polish Chamber of Commerce: www.nlchamber.com.pl • Rotary Club Utrecht International: www.rotary-utrecht-international.nl • Society of English-Native-Speaking Editors: www.sense-online.nl Spanish Association of Professionals in the Netherlands: www.profesionalesholanda.org • Swedish Chamber of Commerce: www.swedishchamber.nl • 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 • Anglo American Theatre Group (Den Haag): www.aatg.nl • Boom Chicago Rozengracht 117, 1016 LV Amsterdam hello@boomchicago.nl | www.boomchicago.nl • Easylaughs (Amsterdam): www.easylaughs.nl • InPlayers (Amsterdam): www.inplayers.org • International Drama Group of English-Speaking Associates (IDEA) (Dordrecht): www.idea-panto.nl • Reading Circle Eindhoven (RCE): www.tcw.nl/rce • STET –The English Theatre (Den Haag): www.theenglishtheatre.nl • Viotta Youth Orchestra Association: www.viotta.nl GAY & LESBIAN • COC Amsterdam: www.cocamsterdam.nl • Gay Amsterdam: www.gayamsterdam.nl • Gay Tourist Information Centre: www.gaytic.nl CLUBS BY NATIONALITY AUSTRALIA • Australians abroad in Holland: www.australiansabroad.com/hollandsite • Australian and New Zealand Club of the Netherlands: www.anzc.org FRANCE • Alliance Francaise: www.alliance-francaise.nl • Avenir Emploi: www.aveniremploi.nl • Francais Du Monde – Section Pays-Bas: www.fdmadfe.nl INDIA • India in Nederland: www.indiawijzer.nl • Netherlands-India Association (NIA): www.netherlands-india.nu IRELAND • Irish Club: www.irishclub.nl GERMANY • Deutscher Klub in den Niederlanden: www.deutscherklub.nl GREECE • Greek community in Amsterdam: www.ellines.nl LATIN AMERICA • CLO Stichting – El Centro Latinoamericano de Orientacion: www.cloeindhoven.nl NEW ZEALAND • New Zealand’s Global Network: www.keanewzealand.com SINGAPORE • Singapore Netherlands Association:  @Singapore Nederlands Associaton (SNA) - Social SPAIN • La Asociacion Hispanica de La Haya: www.asoha.nl SOUTH AFRICA • The SA Club in the Netherlands: www.southafricanclub.nl UK • British Society of Amsterdam: www.britsoc.nl www.facebook.com/britscoc.nl www.meetup.com/en-AU/Amsterdam-Expat-Meetup/ • The British Club of The Hague: www.britishclubofthehague.com • St Andrew’s Society: www.standrews.nl • GNE (Genootschap Nederland-Engeland): www.nederlandengeland.nl • Oxford and Cambridge Society of the Netherlands: www.oxbridge-nl.com

VPOLITICS/ACTIVIST • Amnesty International: www.amnesty.nl • Democrats Abroad: www.democratsabroad.nl • Republicans Abroad: www.republicansabroad.nl • War Child: www.warchild.nl • World Wide Fund: www.wnf.nl SOCIAL • Amsterdam Expat Meetup Group: www.meetup.com/amsterdam-expat • Expatica Date: www.netherlandsdating.expatica.com • expatsHaarlem: www.expatshaarlem.nl • Expats in Amsterdam: www.expats-in-amsterdam.com WOMEN’S CLUBS • American Women’s Club of Amsterdam: www.awca.nl • American Women’s Club of The Hague: 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 • 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 • International Women’s Contact The Hague: www.iwcthehague.nl • Mom2Mom and women’s church groups: www.trinitychurch.nl • North American Women’s Club of Eindhoven: www.nawceindhoven.com • Petroleum Wives Club of The Hague: www.pwc-thehague.com • Women’s Business Initiative: www.womensbusinessinitiative.net CHURCHES & RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES • Christ Church, Amsterdam (international Anglican churches): www.christchurch. nl | Locations: Amsterdam city centre, Amsterdam Zuid, Amsterdam Zuidoost. • Christ Church, North Holland: www.christchurch-heiloo.nl • Crossroads International Church: www.xrds.nl • Expatica’s guide: Religious services in English in the Netherlands VOLUNTEER GROUPS & OTHER • ACCESS Laan van Meerdervoort 70, 2517 AN Den Haag • The Hague Inernational 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 • Serve the City Amsterdam: www.stcamsterdam.nl • Serve the city Netherlands: www.servethecity.nl • Volunteer Centre Amsterdam: www.vca.nu • Vrijwilligerspunt: www.vrijwilligerspunteindhoven.nl

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27House Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

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ABN AMRO Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 ACCESS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Adams Multilingual Recruitment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Alliance Francaise Amsterdam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Altair Global . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 American Women’s Club of The Hague. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Amity International School Amsterdam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Amstelland International School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Amsterdam International Community School (AICS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 AutoHaag Zeeuw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83

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Blue Umbrella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Bynco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

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de Kredieter / DK Mortgage Consultants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 De Raad Makelaars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Dental Factory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Dutch Courses Amsterdam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Dutch Courses Amsterdam Katakura WBLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Dutch First. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Dutch Umbrella Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 DutchNews.nl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

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Eerde International School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Expat Centre Leiden (ECL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Expat Centre Maastricht Region. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Expat Housing Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Expat Management Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Expatax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Expertise in Labour Mobility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Flowently. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Frés Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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Groningse Schoolvereniging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

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Healthcare for internationals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76, 81 Haagse Schoolvereeniging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Holland2Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Holland Expat Center South. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Homerent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 HousingAgent.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Hypotheek Visie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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IN Amsterdam / Expat Centre Amsterdam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Independent Expat Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 International School of Amsterdam (ISA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 International School Haarlem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 International School Hilversum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Interteach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62, IC iplus1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

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KGT Consulting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Kickstart School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Kühler and Trooster International Mental Health. . . . . IBC

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Language Institute Regina Coeli. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Lassus Tandartsen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

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Meijer Notarissen NV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 MullerVisual Communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 MVA Certified Expat Broker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

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NAHV Belastingadviseurs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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Optimist International School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Orthodontie Museumplein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

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PsyQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

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Rijschool Dekker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Rotterdam Expat Centre / Rotterdam Partners. . . . . . . . . .28

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ServicedApartments.nl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BC SliepenbeekVanCoolwijkVanGaalen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Studie Nanny at Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68

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Tax Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 The British School of Amsterdam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 The Hague International Centre / Expat Centre Den Haag. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

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Undutchables Recruitment Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Utrecht City Apartments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Utrecht Welcome Center / Expat Centre Utrecht. . . .30 UvA Talen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 UWV/Eures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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XpatMedia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 17, 85

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