The Magazine for the International Community in NL

Even in an expat-friendly culture like the Netherlands, creating a life in a new country can be daunting: how do you find housing, deal with the healthcare system, operate a business, raise children, have fun?

The XPat Journal provides the information necessary for expats in the Netherlands to create the life they want.

We publish 4 times a year. The Spring and Autumn issues are a glossy print edition, and the Summer and Winter issues are published online.
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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

Economical, Not Stingy

By Chris Smit   Most of the work I do consists of giving 1 or 2-day workshops and giving lectures (anything between 20 minutes to 2 hours, I consider a lecture) about cultural differences. And to ‘ease’ the delegates into to the subject of culture, I start talking about stereotypes; which are, of course, an … Continued


NEMO

Humania: About Head, Heart and Body Have you ever rolled through a hugging machine? French kissed with giant tongues? Or used an aging machine to see what you will look like in 20 years’ time? In the brand-new Humania exhibition at NEMO in Amsterdam, you can discover how your own head, heart and body work … Continued


Manage Your Gas and Electricity Supply with Ampeer

Moving to another country can be stressful and time-consuming and the last thing you want to have to worry about is whether your house will have power. Ampeer is a service provider specialised in energy-related services for expats that helps internationals manage their gas and electricity supply, no matter where they settle in the Netherlands. … Continued


Financial Considerations Surrounding Finding a Home

One of the most important issues involved with buying a house – in fact without these you could not buy one – is finances. You either have to be able to rent a home, buy it, or finance it and there are certain tax issues to be taken into account, as well. Renting a house … Continued


Wines of the Year

By Nico McGough   Wine importers often look back as the wine year is coming to an end. I certainly do that, and for 2019 there are two, maybe three, ‘wine discoveries’ that have made this year special. We have to go back to last January, the moment our purchasing starts up again after the … Continued


Interior Decorating: From the First Moment of Magic to the Last Drop of Reality

One of the joys of moving to a new country is the opportunity to create a new home from scratch. All those times you’ve dreamed about creating your perfect home… Well, now is your chance. Of course, you don’t have to actually move in order to change the look of your home. Perhaps you’re just … Continued


Gouda: Medieval Charm by Candlelight

There are cities that come to life in spring, but become drab, unimaginative blocks of building materials in the winter. However, one city that becomes part of a fairytale in the winter is Gouda. The highlight of this fairytale, this year, will be Saturday, December 13. On this day, From the early afternoon to late … Continued


Join The Hague’s Bright International Community

The Feel at Home International Community Fair is a celebration of the uniquely connected and cosmopolitan community of The Hague region, providing a warm welcome to newcomers and a friendly meeting place for internationals who already live here.  An event where everyone and anyone in our diverse community can Feel at Home. The 13th edition … Continued


Hello Neighbors!!

By Divya Susan Varkey   Looking out of my living room window, I see my neighbor’s house decorated for Christmas – Santa Claus, Christmas lights, reindeer and elves hanging in various angles across the wide glass. Walking past it, though, I never know whether I should take a closer look or how long I can … Continued


Museum Voorlinden: Wonderment and Philosophical Questions

Museum Voorlinden, which opened in 2016, was created by Joop van Caldenborgh, a businessman and art collector who wanted to share his collection with the world. It houses both temporary collections, as well as (semi-permanent) pieces – such as the enticing swimming pool that you can walk underneath and the heart-warming scene of a larger-than-life … Continued


How Not to Find a Home in Amsterdam

By Robin Pascoe   The experiences of a young Brexit escapee trying to find a place to live in Amsterdam have proved quite an eye-opener to DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe. When your own offspring have flown the nest, the rooms they have left behind collect all manner of waifs and strays who need a place … Continued


Mortgage, Liability and Marriage

By Yolanda Bokhorst You must be wondering: what’s the connection between the words in the title? I can assure you; more than you would expect. Allow me to explain. When you buy a house without having the amount of the purchase price, expenses and taxes in your bank account, you will need to arrange a … Continued