Expat The Netherlands News

Latest 10 news items tagged The Netherlands

9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dutch residency for US citizens getting harder

US expats are having increasing problems getting Dutch residency. The Netherlands’ popularity with expats is drawing ever-increasing numbers of US citizens to Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, but residency permits seem to be harder to get. Normally, American citizens have a head start as regards residency permits due to the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty which permits entrepreneurs to reside in the country. Requirements are straightforward and set in tablets of stone within the treaty, giving US expats an easy ride as regards...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Is cow cuddling the answer to expat executive stress

Every expat who owns a pet knows cuddling a dog or cat is a stress reliever but, for those without furry best friends, what’s the best thing to do? In the ‘60s, tree hugging was widely recommended as a stress-buster, but finding a tree in today’s fashionable architectural wastelands could be tricky. However, for expats who’ve relocated to the Netherlands, there’s a way forward – cuddling a cow! Cow-cuddling is highly recommended by Dutch scientists as a way to relieve the stresses of the average workplace as it reduces...
23 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Netherlands warned over swimming in toxic waters

During the one of the hottest summers in living memory, Netherlands citizens and expats are being warned not to swim in canals and other tainted waters. Over the past week, an increasing number of sightings of poisonous blue-green algae and reports of undesirable bacteria and botulism spores have hit Dutch media, with government warnings now being sent out. According to local water boards and the Rijkswaterstaadt, water temperatures are expected to increase during the rest of this week as the temperature continues to soar, thus...
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....