Expat The Netherlands News

Latest 10 news items tagged The Netherlands

6 Dec at 6 PM 2017

British state pensioners have largest income drop of major world countries

It’s no wonder British pensioners have been queuing up to leave the UK for warmer, cheaper climes, as their state stipends are far below those of any other major world country. It’s official, Britain’s state pensioners are now at the bottom of the retirement league, with those unable to save for a private pension now undergoing serious hardship. Government reports invariably state the fact the elderly may have to rely on just the state pension, even if their wages over their working lives have only provided enough to support...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Amsterdam locals angry over influx of expat professionals

Amsterdam media outlets are reporting local residents' anger over the influx of expat professionals arriving as a result of Brexit. Dutch lawmakers were over the moon last month when Amsterdam became the destination of choice for the relocation from the UK of the European Medicines Agency, Amsterdam residents, however, were far less than pleased with the reality of yet another influx of foreign professionals into their already crowded city. Dutch media and Dutch citizens are sick to death of expats arriving, forcing up already soaring...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expat wrongly imprisoned in Spain for rape hits out at police

A Dutch expat jailed in Spain for 12 years on a rape charge is hitting out at local police after a British man confessed to the rapes after being convicted of murder. Romano van der Dussen spent an agonising 12 years in a Spanish prison for rapes he did not commit, and has told of brutal beatings due to the nature of his alleged crimes. The miscarriage of justice also meant he missed seeing his daughter grow up after his sentencing in 2003 to 15 years in prison on two counts of rape. His sentence was passed despite his DNA not being a...
26 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Mystery fortune found in Mijas town hall coffers raises suspicion

Expats living in the Costa del Sol resort of Mijas have discovered the local council is sitting on funds of about €64 million but aren’t doing anything to spruce up the town. Mijas town hall is now the subject of demands from expats to deal with urgent local issues after it was revealed the authority is sitting on €64 million of unspent cash. A protest group has been formed, all of whom have their own suggestions on how the small town could be improved for its residents, both expats and locals. One focus of expat anger was...
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...