Expat The Netherlands News

Latest 10 news items tagged The Netherlands

19 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Buy to let curse hits Amsterdam property market

Along with a number of other global cities, Amsterdam is asking the UN to help with the issue of investor purchases of local properties. With the Dutch housing market at its highest level ever and demand exceeding supply, the Amsterdam authorities, together with New York, London, Barcelona and Paris, is begging the UN to help deal with the worsening situation. The problems are being caused by ever-increasing numbers of international investors buying up real estate in order to flip or rent at high prices unaffordable either by locals...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Dutch property prices now at record high

House prices across the Netherlands are now at record levels, with the boom expected to continue. Long-stay expats who had the foresight to purchase a home several years ago are more than pleased with the house price rises over the last year or so. Figures for this year’s second quarter revealed a 10.4 per cent increase over the same period in 2017, although actual sales have declined considerably over the past year. At the present time, the average cost of a home in the Netherlands is around 288,000 euros, with a further increase of...
6 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Its more fun in the Netherlands

The growing popularity of the Netherlands with younger expats isn’t only down to its startup opportunities. All work and no play makes the average expat professional a very dull person but, for those living and working in Netherlands, there’s plenty of festivals and events to banish the boredom of the daily grind. The epic Dutch pop festivals are famous across Europe but, for those more suited to less extravagant celebrations, there’s also a long list of unmissable events celebrating the country’s cultural and historic events....
27 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats in the Netherlands warned about ticks and Lyme disease

As the Netherlands becomes ever more popular with expat professionals, there’s one unfamiliar danger they need to watch out for. Given the challenges of moving to a new country, expats arriving in the Netherlands could well be forgiven for not knowing about a serious threat to their health which could easily result in totally wrecking their expat experience – ticks! A combination of the country’s rural habitat, an increase in the number of animals hosting the horrid little insects and the warmer than normal Dutch springtime has...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats landmark Brexit appeal rejected by Amsterdam court

An Amsterdam court has thrown out a landmark case brought by British expats which demanded their post-Brexit rights as European citizens should be recognised by the EU. The case was the first of a number awaiting hearings and was brought by five British expats in the Netherlands and two anti-Brexit campaign groups. It was ruled against in its first hearing last January and was sent on appeal to the Amsterdam court. The court rejected the appeal and found in favour of the Dutch government, quoting expats’ claims were ‘too vague’...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UK expat parents in EU fear for their childrens educational freedom

The swathe of English language curriculum international schools across the expat world has helped relocating parents provide a steady stream of quality education for their offspring for decades. One of the most important aspects of relocation for British parents is the availability of international-standard education from primary to university level. The advent of Brexit isn’t just threatening Britons’ right to stay in their chosen EU country, it’s also threatening the continuation of parental choice as regards a structured...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Affordable Dutch universities make top 100 list in annual survey

Expatriates with families including older children will be happy to hear three of the Netherlands’ universities are ranked in the top 100 of the World University Rankings, reckoned as one of the world’s most important education-related surveys. Delft University of Technology came in on 52nd place, two places higher than in 2017, and is now ranked as the best university in the country. The University of Amsterdam took 57th place overall, one place higher than last year, and also beat Delft University on academic reputation....
4 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Netherlands housing shortage could be solved by 3D printed homes

Could 3D printed homes be the housing answer for expats flocking to the Netherlands? Rents and purchase prices of homes in the Netherlands are soaring due to demand exceeding supply, especially in Amsterdam and The Hague. The situation has been exacerbated by the huge number of expat professionals and tech entrepreneurs arriving in the small country over the past few years. Eindhoven has the same problems with supply versus demand, but an unconventional solution may have been found. By 2019, the world’s first lived-in 3D printed...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expat protests still growing against the Dutch 30 per cent tax break cut

A month after the Netherlands government announced its shocking decision to cut back the 30 per cent tax cut for expat professionals from eight to five years, the movement aimed at getting lawmakers to rescind the ruling is growing steadily. An estimated 60,000 expat professionals living and working in the Netherlands are affected by the ruling, many of whom have made financial arrangements, taken out mortgages, enrolled their children in internationals school or taken on long-term rental contracts. The expat community’s anger is...
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...