The Holland Handbook 2018-2019

For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting this moment, the time has come once again for the annual update of The Holland Handbook.

Over the years, this book has grown and developed: it has been expanded upon to include topics that have gained in importance and relevance since the book first appeared, and it has been adapted to a new generation of foreign nationals, immigrants and students who have come to the Netherlands – either for a few months or for a longer period of time.

No matter what your plans are, there are certain practicalities that will have to be taken care of – such as permits, bank accounts, the citizen service number (burgerservicenummer), finding a place to live, insurances, and countless more issues. With this book in hand, you will either find the answers to your questions straight away, or be pointed in the right direction towards finding them.

The Holland Handbook goes beyond covering the very first steps you will be taking towards starting a life in the Netherlands; it also prepares you for the next steps, providing you with insight and tips on learning the language, interacting with your Dutch neighbors on a daily basis, coping with the way they celebrate life’s milestones and holidays, as well as the health care system, the education system – ranging from pre-kindergarten to obtaining a Ph.D. – public transportation, dealing with legal problems, things to do in your free time, importing your car, having a baby, and much, much more.

And, once the book has served its purpose as a practical guide to life in the Netherlands, its other features come to the fore: its beautiful photographs, which will make this a book you will want to keep when and if you move to another country, as a reminder of how beautiful and unique the Netherlands is; as well as being a source of information for your family and friends who would like to know what it is like for you to be living here.

So be sure to visit Holland Books and order The Holland Handbook, as a manual, a photo book and a cultural guide on living in this flat, below-sea-level, reclaimed country of tolerant, multicultural, direct, yet conflict-avoiding, un-hierarchical champions of the underdog – to share just a little of what you will be learning once you start reading this book.


Published by XPat Media

Price: € 29.95 | 272 pages | ca.150 photos

Paperback with flaps, full-color | 21 x 27 cm

ISBN: 9789463191029


Available in major book stores and online shops such as

Companies can also order the book directly from the publisher in bulk quantities at a considerable discount. For more information visit

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