Expat The Netherlands News

Latest 10 news items tagged The Netherlands

24 May at 6 PM 2018

Anger escalates over Netherlands expat 30 per cent tax cut change

As the row over the Netherlands government’s cut to the 30 per cent ruling escalates, the real financial damage to expats is becoming clear. For many expatriates over the past few years, the Dutch tax advantage for incoming professionals has played an important part in their decisions to choose the Netherlands over and above a number of other destinations. Savings made by the treatment of the first 30 per cent of salary as tax free has also encouraged many to buy properties with the help of mortgages as well as structuring savings...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

US businesses rejecting the Netherlands due to less competitive business environment

American companies are now shying away from opening up in the Netherlands due to its increasing lack of competitiveness. For a good while, the country was destination number one for American conglomerates wishing to open European offices, but changes to the Dutch business climate are persuading them to look elsewhere in Europe. France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and even the UK are now considered more suitable. Projects involving US investment in the Netherlands stood at 88 in 2016, falling to 75 the following year and totalling...
18 May at 6 PM 2018

Home Secretary finally demands info on plans for UK expat rights

As the UK government finally gets around to asking EU leaders about their plans for UK expats in Europe, British expats in the Netherlands continue to fight for their rights. Earlier this year, UK expat campaigners in the Netherlands asked the Amsterdam court to decide whether British expats can become EU citizens after Brexit is finalised. In what seemed like a cop-out by Dutch justice, the court referred the decision up the line to the European Court of Justice which has the final say on the interpretation of all EU laws. Christiaan...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Getting the best Netherlands ISP for your expat needs

If you’re an expat heading for the Netherlands, one of the most important tasks you’ll have is finding the best internet service provider in your chosen area. Like it or not, the internet has taken over the lives of citizens and expats alike, no matter where they’re based in the world. Arriving in your new country and finding your chosen location is an internet black spot is a disaster, whether you’re a digital nomad, news freak, social media addict or silver surfer. Surprisingly, the Netherlands is still a country where the...
11 May at 6 PM 2018

Rental charges in the Netherlands becoming unaffordable for most expats

Expats attempting to move from the Netherlands’ major cities to less expensive smaller towns are being stymied by rental price rises. Average rental charges during the frst quarter of 2018 have risen by 5.9 per cent over last year’s figures, and the increases aren’t confined to major Dutch cites such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. In fact, the rise in rents for reasonable accommodation is more evident outside the major conurbations as prices in smaller cities have risen to an all-time high. Worst affected...
3 May at 6 PM 2018

Top foreign professionals granted permanent residence in China

Five foreign experts working in China have been awarded the coveted ‘green card’ permanent residency cards. The gift of residence cards to top foreign professionals is an important part of China’s strategy to attract the brightest and best expat talent to drive the country’s development as a hub for innovation and excellence. This year, Shanghai city fathers have concentrated on assisting foreigners holding core positions in top research teams to apply for and be granted permanent residency. The new strategy also allows...
1 May at 6 PM 2018

Top expat talent now reluctant to relocate to the UK

Continuing uncertainty about the direction Brexit will finally take is affecting the numbers of expat professionals applying for relocation to the UK. According to recently released research, with just under a year left before Brexit finally kicks in, human resources professionals and recruitment agencies are complaining their hiring strategies are having to be regularly revised. Some 50 per cent of firms which took part in the study envision an even more devastating effect is on the way. The research, carried out by LinkedIn,...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Netherlands devastated by cutdown in 30 per cent ruling

Whilst admitting changing the time period on the 30 per cent tax cut for newly arrived expat professionals could be justifiable, long-term expats in the Netherlands are devastated by the prospect of losing out. Yesterday’s announcement of the reduction in the 30 per cent tax benefit from eight years to five came as a shock to the country’s highly-skilled expat community, many of whom have based their long-term financial arrangements on the original term. The measure will be introduced as early as January next year, giving those...
23 Apr at 6 PM 2018

UK and Dutch expat groups urge Netherlands to update dual nationality law

British expats living in the Netherlands as well as Dutch nationals living in the UK are urging the Dutch government to update the law on dual nationality. Netherlands lawmakers had pledged an overhaul for the outdated Dutch dual nationality law but have failed to implement any changes to date. With Brexit looming, groups in both camps have been stepping up their pleas for the promise to be kept. Last Thursday, representatives from the 3Million group added their voices to the clamour at a special Brexit impact meeting held by the...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Data debunks myth of Spain as elderly expat retirement haven

Contrary to the widely-held belief that Brit expat communities in Europe mostly contain retirees, statistics suggest two-thirds of UK expatriates are below retirement age. Recently-released data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows 66 per cent of the estimated 784,900 Britons living in Europe are between the ages of 64 and 15, with more living in Spain than in any other EU member state. In addition, the data shows Spain is home to 293,500 long-term British expatriates, and the UK has fewer emigrants living In Europe...