Expat The Netherlands News

Latest 10 news items tagged The Netherlands

22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat students offered cheap digs in exchange for help with senior citizens

If you’ve arrived in Prague and can’t afford to rent an apartment, a new volunteer scheme may be your answer to sleeping on the streets. As Prague’s popularity as an expat hub soars, so do its rental charges, leaving many new university students the choice of going home or sleeping on someone’s sofa. A recently-started answer to the problem may be of use, especially for expatriate students with social consciences. Prague’s district 3 has initiated a pilot plan which will help solve students’ accommodation problems as well...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2019

British expats growing ever more concerned about their futures as UK citizens

Concerns are growing amongst the already insecure British expat population in Ireland, as well as within the communities in France, the Netherlands and Germany. A recent study compared the views of British expats living in EU member states with those prevalent amongst Britons living in the home country. Expats in Ireland, Germany, France and the Netherlands are amongst those expected to bear the brunt of changes brought about by Britain’s leaving the EU. Over half of expat respondents to the survey admitted they were worried about...
24 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Spain rush to stand as candidates in local elections

Dozens of expatriates living in the popular Andalusia region’s towns and villages are queuing up to register as candidates in upcoming local elections. The current election year is expected to be the most diverse in decades, with expats from the UK, Scandinavia and a good number of other northern European states now included on local political party lists. Local elections in Spain are vital, with almost 50 per cent of Andalusia’s coastal resorts comprising sizeable expat communities. Apart from the EU MEP elections, local polls...
22 May at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in France losing chance to vote again

Expats living in France are afraid their EU election postal votes won’t be counted. Due to the political instability all too common nowadays, interest in the EU MEP election amongst expats living overseas has received a boost, but many now fear their postal votes won’t count. The problem seems to have been due to a bad choice of postal service by councils looking to save money on the UK Royal Mail’s costs. BBC coverage of the issue uncovered that voting papers were being sent by the Adare postal service to British expats in...
16 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in the Netherlands miss the boat for EU election voting

Around 60,000 EU nationals living and working in the Netherlands have registered to vote in the May 23 EU elections, but a good number didn’t know they needed to sign up and have lost the chance. One issue which has always annoyed European expats living in the Netherlands is that, in general, politicians don’t seem to even acknowledge they exist. Long-stayers with their own businesses who intend to make the country their forever home are committed to being active in engaging in Dutch society are now wondering whether they’ve...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

At least 31 expats killed during Easter Sunday terror bombing

As the Sri Lanka death toll continues to rise, the number of expatriates who died in the terror attack is becoming clearer. The majority of victims killed or injured in the devastating Easter Sunday terrorist attack were Sri Lankan members of the country’s Christian minority, but it’s now becoming clear at least 31 expatriates lost their lives. Information is slow in coming out as the Sri Lankan authorities have blocked the use of social media in order to prevent the possibility of revenge attacks on local Muslim communities. The...
16 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Saigon attempt marathon run in support of neonatal care charity

Three determined expats living and working in Saigon are to attempt a charity relay run between Vietnam’s Saigon city and Lao Cai in just 36 hours. On April 22, Brits Grant Bowdery and Rob West along with Marieke Dekkers from the Netherlands will attempt a non-stop relay run along the Red River’s banks between their base in Saigon and 300km distant Lao Cai. The 300km run is estimated to take 36 hours, requiring an average of around seven minutes per kilometre, with the runners changing places every one to two hours. The aim of...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Brexit to threaten Cypriot economy as well as expat lives

British expats and the British economy aren’t the only sectors expected to suffer due to Brexit. The upcoming disaster known as Brexit won’t just wreck the British economy and several million expats’ lives as it will also hit on the economies of a good number of the remaining EU member states. According to a report from Standard and Poor, the Netherlands, Ireland and Luxembourg will be worst hit, with Cyprus also extremely susceptible to the effects of new rules on the export of a variety of services and goods to the UK. The...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Catch these cheap expat destinations before it’s too late

As the global expat community soars, it’s inevitable that costs of living will rise, even in the most economical destinations. Not everyone who leaves the home country for a future overseas has a generous salary plus perks or a gold-plated pension, with many of the world’s best-loved retirement destinations also some of the least expensive as regards costs of living and housing. It should be borne in mind that pensions paid in home country currency might be affected by the ups and downs of the currency exchange marketplace, but...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Eindhoven look forward to Dutch Happiness Week

In spite of the strong possibility of bad Brexit news, expats living and working in Eindhoven are looking forward to the Netherlands’ annual Happiness Week. Started in Eindhoven in 2014, the city’s Happiness Week soon morphed into a seven-day long event for the entire country, and is due to take place this year from the 16th of March to the 24th. Offerings include a multitude of events including experiences, seminars, lectures, theatre performances and parties, with the entire week’s presentations hopefully able to take the...