Expat The Netherlands News

Latest 10 news items tagged The Netherlands

13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat dog rescue charity in Spain finds homes for abandoned pets

A group of female expats in Alhama de Granada are working hard to find new homes for abandoned dogs in their area. One shock for dog-loving expats is to find the citizens of their new country don’t exactly mirror the attachment Brits have for their furry family members. Caring for dogs as an important part of our lives is the norm in the UK, whereas in Europe and especially in Asia the issue can be controversial, to say the least. It’s not easy to ignore the fact that dogs’ lives aren’t considered important, that they can be...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat buy to let investors losing out to the UK taxman

New tax rules on buy-to-let landlords have resulted in the UK becoming one of Europe’s most expensive countries for property tax. Due to mortgage and tax changes aimed at slowing house price inflation and levelling the British property market in favour of first-time buyers, expats investing in buy-to-let properties have been hard hit. A combination of the withdrawal of mortgage interest relief from high earners, increased rates of capital gains tax and higher stamp duty rates on purchases have made expats’ formerly effective...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Netherlands not exactly welcoming entrepreneurial expats

For years, the Netherlands has been known for its entrepreneurial culture, but would-be self-employed expats are experiencing real problems getting residency visas for their start-ups. Local entrepreneurs in the Netherlands are playing a huge part in growing the economy by providing new jobs as well as innovative ideas and generally benefiting their country of residence. That said, it’s increasingly difficult for expat entrepreneurs to even get a foothold in the country, let alone a residence permit which will enable them to start...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Singapore beats Norway as best world destination for expats.

For the third year running, the city state of Singapore has taken the crown as the best expat destination on the planet. The 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer survey is one of the most reliable and respected of the annual ‘best place’ expatriate studies. Singapore’s top rating isn’t a surprise, as it’s been at the head of the pack for the past two years, but Norway’s second place is an indication of how much the world expat environment is changing. Singapore’s top score was helped along by a majority of respondents’ voting...
30 Sep at 12 PM 2017

Expats in Amsterdam blamed for problems and rising rents

<h2>New arrivals in Amsterdam blamed for affordable housing shortage</h2> Noise, rubbish and affordable housing shortages blamed on expats in Amsterdam An Amsterdam local radio station has hit hard on expats in the city, accusing them of of being the cause of rising rents as well as dropping piles of rubbish on the pavements and screaming in parks and gardens.Initially, Airbnb tourists were blamed, but the radio station is now focusing on the city’s large expat communitym saying expats have more money than locals and...
21 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Amsterdam Expat Fair draws thousands to network and integrate

The famous ‘I am not a Tourist’ expat fair in Amsterdam is an annual event drawing thousands of international expats to network, find out more about the Netherlands and make new friends. Held in the heart of Amsterdam at the Beurs van Berlage, the Expat Fair is now an established annual event attracting international expatriates from countless world countries. It’s free to enter and packed with booths representing Dutch companies, social clubs and entrepreneurial and volunteering opportunities. Every aspect of living in the...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Best emigration locations for LGBT expats

For would-be LGBT expats, finding the right country can be tricky, with certain destinations welcoming and tolerant and others the exact opposite. As a general rule, countries in Europe and North America are more tolerant and welcoming to LGBT expats than others where rights for this specific minority may be few or non-existent. Starting with the Netherlands, the first world state to legalise same-sex marriages, the countries below all make for a successful stay as an expat, whether you’re arriving alone or with your partner....
19 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Portuguese government to tax expat retiree pensions

Portugal’s foreign retiree community’s pension payments are about to become taxable, according to the country’s Finance Minister. The introduction in 2009 of a special tax break for ‘non-habitual residents’ has seen an increase in Portugal’s popularity as an international expat retirement hub, but confirmation that the government is now planning to introduce a new income tax regime is certain to cause concern in the expat community. When quizzed by journalists, the Finance Minister stated the necessary amendment would be...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Looting and violence terrifying UK expats on British Virgin Islands

British expats struggling to get their lives back from Hurricane Irma’s catastrophic attack on the British Virgin Islands are now facing a state of anarchy. The hard-hit island chain is British Overseas Territory and home to communities of expat residents, many thousands of whom are struggling to survive in the aftermath of the storm. Winds of 185kms per hour have laid waste to property, schools and businesses, and residents are now facing violence and looting by men armed with knives and guns. British troops and recovery experts...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Amsterdam sets up as a refuge for finance professionals

Whilst it’s probably impossible to replace London as a world financial hub, it’s obvious that its post-Brexit clout will be much diminished. No single EU capital city can absorb the entire financial services industry now resident in London, but firms unable or unwilling to attempt to remain in post-Brexit Britain could do worse than consider a move to Amsterdam. The Dutch city is well placed as a gateway to the rest of the EU, with a number of banks and other multinational giants already established, including Japan’s massive...