The Magazine for the International Community in NL

Since 1998 The XPat Journal is the premier English-language magazine for expatriates living and working in the Netherlands. It brings you essential information on topics such as Dutch culture, legal and financial issues, international education, housing and health care. But also general information on living in Holland and fun things to do in your new home country.

The XPat Journal appears twice a year in print and twice as an online magazine.

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Print edition spring 2018

Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

ZuidHaven in Scheveningen Harbor Will Be the Place to Live and Work

Right behind the dunes of the quiet Zuiderstrand and close to the lively quays and restaurants around the harbor of Scheveningen is where De Zuid is going to arise. This unique new neighborhood around the Derde Haven is being constructed in phases. After the successful launch of the first partial plan ZuidDuin, the preparations for … Continued


Making Up Your Mind About the Dutch Healthcare System

The ones who have been to a Dutch GP already know I’m right; two weeks’ rest and a paracetamol are the most-prescribed medicine in the Netherlands. Living in Belgium it’s a different story. Going to your GP in Belgium almost always (I would say 90+% if not more) results in you walking out with a … Continued


To Your Health!

In most cultures, people have their own way of making a toast. People raise their glass and say things like na zradavi, egészségére, salud, santé, zum Wohl or ganbei. And proost! here in the Netherlands. These are all local expressions for wishing you good health. In some cultures, you look your well-wisher in the eyes, … Continued


Try a Little Tenderness

As a lawyer specialized in family law, I have often witnessed that the only option is to end a marriage or cohabitation, at least at the stage I finally meet the couple. Unfortunately, I have also experienced how devastating a divorce can be. Reason enough to always try to create a new focus among my … Continued


Peace of Mind

There is no doubt; a relocation or expatriate assignment to a new country is often exciting, an adventure of sorts. However, it does not affect all involved equally. When the thrill or adrenaline of planning, arriving and settling has worn off, a stark reality can overwhelm even the most intrepid of adventurers. Some will thrive … Continued


Relocating Your Relationship

In Life, Love Is Not Everything, But Without Love, Life Is Nothing By Wills Langedijk Sharing new experiences, spending more time together as a family, and having to turn to each other because there is no-one else can bring you closer and make your relationship stronger. But we can’t ignore that there are relationships that … Continued


Visiting a Specialist

Taking Away the Sting of Insecurity As mentioned elsewhere in this online issue, there is no doubt that the Netherlands offers top-quality healthcare. Various studies are cited, to which we can add the following: according to the Healthcare Access and Quality Index (based on mortality from causes amenable to healthcare; in other words avoidable or … Continued


Duineveld // Seaside Living

Seemingly endless panoramas, the rushing of the waves and the ultimate feeling of freedom. That is what living in Duineveld, an exclusive development just beyond the dunes in Noordwijk aan Zee is all about. Imagine this: your own characteristic apartment, built in the architectural style specific to Noordwijk, but with a Hamptons feel, where you … Continued


Summer is Here at NEMO Science Museum!

NEMO Science Museum offers plenty of entertainment for the entire family this summer. The fact that science is fun and fascinating for everyone, is something visitors will discover as they try out everything themselves in the Amsterdam science museum. From July 7 through September 2, young and old can work together in the brand-new workshops … Continued


A Dead Duck

How many people in uniform does it take to kill a duckling? In the case of the duckling born on top of a five-floor block in Amsterdam west, the answer is 13 – which was certainly unlucky for the bird itself. It all began when a neighbour alerted the animal ambulance people to the presence … Continued


Living and Working in the Netherlands?

Enjoy the Best Healthcare in Europe When you move to the Netherlands, you are coming to live in a country that is widely-recognized for its excellent healthcare system. Over the past decade or so, the Netherlands has scored near the top in almost every ranking that compares European healthcare systems. High-quality healthcare, but at a … Continued


Summer in the City – Greens

Imagine a restaurant that serves only organic food and wine. You can arrive by car, bike, on foot or by boat. You can sit at leisure while the kids burn tons of energy in the play park next to the restaurant, or have them join you for a few tasty dishes. Utopia? No it’s called … Continued