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


Words Are All We Have

By Jan Vincent Meertens   In many cultures, people use high-context communication for two key reasons. One reason is their sensitivity to social hierarchy, also described as the power-distance dimension in the Hofstede model for intercultural management. Another key reason for a high-context communication style is the social interdependency that a community has developed, also … Continued


An International Career and Family

By Edith van Ruitenbeek   In the Netherlands and many European countries, cohabitation, instead of marriage, is an accepted way of living together – at least for tax purposes. However, for family matters and for residence permits it is not. In other countries, cohabitation presents even more of challenge, something that should especially be taken … Continued


‘So What Do You Do?’

The Power of an Elevator Pitch By Nannette Ripmeester and Sevi Christoforou Every job seeker has heard about the importance of having an elevator pitch ready, in case they find themselves stuck on an elevator with the CEO of their dream company and have only 30 seconds to impress them. Now, even if you believe … 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


She’s the Boss

By Chris Smit   “Belgium has a higher score on hierarchy than the Netherlands. This means that in Belgium, like in Guatemala, the boss is much more the boss than in the Netherlands, where the boss is more of a colleague, whose main task it is to create a pleasant work environment for his/her people. … Continued


Estate Planning: Is That What We’re Working For Now?

By Yolanda Bokhorst   Don’t we all want the best for our children? We provide them with a safe and sheltered home, we raise them well, make sure they get an education and try to give them the tools to find their way through an increasingly complex world.   What role does money play in … Continued


Managing Change, a Valuable Skill for your CV

By Deborah Valentine   “Succeeding in Change – Agility and Change Management” was the title of a networking event – Hague Hub – organised by the International Leadership Academy and OPCW in The Hague earlier this year. One way of doing this, the author argued at the event, is to ensure that you have people … 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


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


All Is Quiet on the Western Front?

By Patrick Rovers   It is clear that the European Union is facing its largest downsizing operation since its genesis in 1951. It stands to lose 67 million citizens, and 5.42% of its territory. It stands to lose London, its biggest population centre with more than 14 million inhabitants. Furthermore, it stands to lose one … Continued


The Dutch as Seen by the Dutch

It is often said that asking a person to describe their own culture is like asking fish to describe water. How do you describe something that you have been surrounded by all your life, without being aware of the fact that it is different from other environments? It is only when you enter a new … Continued