Most expats enjoy life in the Netherlands

Published:  6 May at 4 PM
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Eighty-four per cent of expats living in the Netherlands described life as “good to great”, while the main negative aspects were the language, health services and tax.

The new survey, carried out by in mid-April, found that the vast majority of expats were extremely happy with their life in the country, while just seven people out of 1,300 thought their quality of life was poor.

When asked what the most difficult thing was about living in the Netherlands, language came top of the pile, with 31 per cent of respondents admitting it was tricky to get to grips with. The tax system and health services – 23 per cent and 15 per cent respectively – came second and third on the list.

Furthermore, the survey showed that most foreigners living in the country prefer not to refer to themselves as expats, with just 22 per cent deeming the word a suitable description. Some 21 per cent opted instead to state their nationality, while the same number used “internationals”. A lowly 15 per cent said they were “allochtoon” – Dutch for originating from another country. admitted that the survey may not reflect the opinions of new arrivals in the country as at least 50 per cent of its readers had lived there for more than five years.
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