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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?

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

Mental Health & Sanity

Fish Discover Water Last By Chris Smit   The old Arab proverb “Fish will discover water last” is a very useful term to describe, in a cultural context, how people only realize that they have a culture of their own when you take them out of their own culture. Only then they will realize that … Continued


Doctor You

By Melanie Genssler   Chronic illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are experiencing a rapid, world-wide spread. The World Health Organization has reported that, in 2001, chronic illnesses represented approximately 46% of the global burden of disease, and 60% of the 56.5 million total reported deaths. The burden is expected to rise to … Continued


Dutch Public Health Insurance and How it Works

Everyone living in the Netherlands is obliged to have a health insurance – also highly skilled migrants, expats and foreign students. Although it is mandatory to have health insurance in the Netherlands, there are certain conditions which determine if you are eligible for Dutch public health insurance, or not. In this article we will explain … Continued


New Alimony Law as an Emancipation Tool for Women?

On the 21st of May, the Dutch parliament voted to review the law for spousal alimony, with the aim of limiting the period during which spousal alimony is paid out. According to the majority in Dutch parliament, now that society has changed, the old law is no longer adequate. The new law limits the duration … Continued


National Park Maasduinen

As Far as a Cannonball Would Travel   Ask anyone if they know of a big park in the Netherlands, and they are sure to come up with De Hoge Veluwe National Park. However, another park that is at least equally as deserving in fame is de National Park Maasduinen in the northern part of … Continued


Enjoy the Best Health Care in Europe

By Pim Bouwmeester   When you move to the Netherlands, you are coming to live in a country that is widely-recognized for its excellent health care system. One reason why the Dutch health care system is rated so high for quality is because it is widely and easily accessible. With over 150 acute care facilities … Continued


Exciting Summer Days at NEMO Science Museum

In the biggest science museum of the Netherlands, visitors of all ages can discover how fun and fascinating science can be by trying out everything themselves. This summer you can do even more at NEMO. The museum will be bike-themed, thanks to the Brilliant Bicycles summer programme with special workshops and exhibitions. For the ultimate … Continued


Who Decides, When You No Longer Can?

Being in control – also during the last stages of your life – is something that more and more people are looking into. This has resulted in a huge increase in the number of living wills over the past years. A living will is drawn up with the help of a civil law notary. In … Continued


The Hague’s Next Michelin Star?

Success for The Knott, Straight Out of the Box   By Nico McGough   The ‘oldies’ among us will remember a ‘straight out of the box’ maiden victory, long ago when German industrialist Walter Wolf built a Formula 1 car from scratch, put ace driver Jody Scheckter in it, and won the team’s first ever … Continued


Events for all Internationals in The Hague

Every year, more than 4,500 new internationals come to the Hague region. In total, more than 60,000 internationals live and work in The Hague, in various sectors such as embassies, NGOs, universities and multinationals. The Hague International Centre is the first point of contact for these people who can have all sorts of questions and … Continued


No Smoke Without Ire

By Robin Pascoe When you are a former smoker and a current insomniac there is nothing worse than being woken up by people on their balconies, smoking and having a laugh in the wee small hours, says DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe. “My particular bugbear is the bright young things living around us who have no-smoking … Continued


Expatriation and Mental Well-Being

More than 30 years ago, a Community Needs Assessment undertaken by the American Community Council “…recognised the sombre reality that numerous families were experiencing significant stress and personal problems during their settlement and integration”. While the most recent research is more quantitative than the one done earlier, the general conclusions align: relocating to a new … Continued