Expat The Netherlands News

Latest 10 news items tagged The Netherlands

13 Feb at 6 PM 2019

EU expats prefer Scottish cities over anywhere else in Europe

In a recent survey of European expats’ most liveable cities, Edinburgh and Aberdeen came out on top, with not a single English city featured in the global top 20. Scotland’s capital just made it into the top 20 at 19th position, whilst Aberdeen just missed, coming in at 21st. For both Scottish cities, their liveability ratings were boosted by high levels of personal security and less air pollution, but the main reason for their success was their existing expatriate communities.It’s well-known that would-be expats find adjusting...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2019

British EU citizenship claim rejected on appeal by Dutch court

A group of British citizens fighting the Dutch state in an attempt to remain EU citizens post-Brexit have had their case thrown out by Amsterdam’s appeal court. The five British nationals who brought their case to a Dutch court which ruled in their favour are now searching for other ways to make their very valid point as the success of an appeal brought by the city of Amsterdam and the Dutch state has reversed the first favourable judgement. The initial ruling had meant the case would be sent on the European Court of Justice...
28 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brits expats crave comfort foods from the home country

British expats miss ginger biscuits the most! Homesickness seems to be more acute in British expats than in any of their worldwide counterparts, according to both online retailers and specialist stores in favourite expatriate destinations. The latest must-haves from the old country are crunchy ginger biscuits, topping the sales lists over and above such delights as chocolate bourbons, shortbread and mini Jaffa cakes. According to a spokesperson from British Corner Shops, it’s a comfort thing, with expats seeking out goodies to which...
22 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Spain still hotspot for European property investors

Although mortgage interest rates have increased, expat property investors can still get great deals. September’s Spanish mortgage interest rates averaged 1.94 per cent, slightly below the EU average and trailing France at 1.51 per cent, Italy at 1.79 per cent and even Germany at 1.86 per cent. However, professionals in the sector are reassuring potential expat buyers that lender competition should still offer borrowers lower rates than those published. The interest rate rises were the direct consequence of Spanish lawmakers’...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019

EU states queuing to ensure rights to remain for UK expat residents

Following on advice given by the European Commission to its member states, expats in a number of EU countries are now being assured of their rights to stay. The EC’s call for generosity towards British expatriates living, working and retiring in Europe in the case of a no-deal Brexit is being heeded by an increasing number of EU member states, allowing the vast majority of expats to sleep better at night. The irony surrounding the EC’s welcome intervention is that the Commission seems to care more about expat Britons’ welfare...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Huge increase in Brits applying for EU passports

2018 has broken all records for the number of Brits applying for EU passports. It’s no surprise that the number of British citizens applying for European Union passports soared in 2018, and the rush is now on for the remainder of Brit expats desperate to keep their right to free movement after 29 March this year. The Republic of Ireland was the focus of the majority of new applicants, eligible if their parents or grandparents were born there. In 2017, numbers applying rose by 24 per cent over 2016, and last year’s rise over the...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Eindhoven primary school innovative new nursery class for expat toddlers

Moving overseas as an expat family is a tough call, wherever the destination. Relocating as a single expat can be tricky unless it’s everything's covered by the reassignment package, but bringing the family along as well is far more complicated. Finding family-style accommodation in a safe area, arranging for childcare when necessary and finding a suitable school for the kids can cause chaos, and language difficulties often make the task worse still. International schools aren’t affordable by every emigrating family, and local...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Saudi Fund hires top talent but can’t keep it

The Saudi Arabian Crown Prince is being blamed for the departure of expat experts involved in the Saudi Fund. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is relying on the kingdom’s sovereign investment fund to drive diversification of the economy as part of a wider strategy to reduce dependence on oil revenues. However, the flagship investment scheme has suffered recent setbacks due to the departure of Western expatriate executives. The British head of legalities for the fund, its Spanish private executive associate and its Swiss head of...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2018

New expat arrivals urged to beware of Amsterdam property rental scams

Expatriates in the Netherlands are being warned about property scams after the arrest for fraud of an estate agent dealing in rental properties. Owner of the Fam Makelaardij and Accurakey rental housing agents Farhan Malik was arrested last month for defrauding a number of expat workers out of their deposits and advance rents paid to secure rental homes. Legal action against the fraudster is now being taken by the Amsterdam-based housing advice foundation Stiching Woon in order to help the recovery of house-hunting expats’ deposits...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Portugal housing bubble bad news for expat retirees

According to a major ratings agency, house prices in Portugal will keep on rising. Portugal is still considered to be a cheap destination for expat retirees as well as for start-ups and digital nomads, but its ever-rising cost of accommodation may take the shine off its formerly well-deserved fame. For several decades, Portugal’s Algarve region has been the refuge of choice for British expats looking for a warm, inexpensive haven far away from the UK’s cold winters. Sadly, a report by Moody’s ratings agency indicates the haven...