Redoing Your Home

Few people have bought a house of which they thought: ‘Yup, precisely the way I wanted it,’ and left everything the way it was. On the other hand, few people are as notorious for clearing out all but the outside walls and rebuilding from scratch as the Dutch are. Either way, chances are, you are … Continued


When it comes to history, Zeeland, due to its location on (or, if you will, in) the sea, and with one part only accessible by tunnel or by driving through Belgium, has had quite a bit of interaction with nations and peoples that the rest of the country has not had. For instance, Veere; a … Continued

Stay a Little Longer…

Wine2Share New in the harbour of Scheveningen is Wine2Share. This cute and intimate wine bar is run by Bas Loeve & Nicole Lousberg. Here, top-level wine is presented. You can walk in for just a glass, or stay for lunch or dinner. Wines are poured by the glass, but also by the bottle. If you … Continued

Labour Market, Marriage and Divorce

How economically independent are you? Who is financially responsible for your children’s happiness? These are two questions that pop up in my practice as a family lawyer all the time. After a divorce, men are in general financially better off than women. Gender equality in terms of economic independence should therefore be one of the … Continued

Mortgage and Owning Your Own House:

It has always been relatively attractive to buy a house in the Netherlands. However, the rules are about to change. Henk van Seijen shares a few of these changes with the readers in this article. For instance: the maximum mortgage will be reduced, the mortgage interest deduction is going down, and the imputed rents are … Continued

Education for Successful Expatriation:

For more than 25 years, expats (internationals) have been sharing their experiences through ACCESS in order to serve and help others who have arrived in the Netherlands to settle. During those years, we have witnessed many positive changes when it comes to international education. Not only in terms of primary and secondary education, with an … Continued

Disproportionality of the 150 Kilometer Border in the 30%-Ruling

In the Netherlands there is a special regime for expats who will be assigned to the Netherlands, namely the 30%-ruling. To qualify for the 30%-ruling and thus the tax-free allowance, the expat must meet four conditions. One of these conditions is that he must be living more than 150 kilometers from the border at the … Continued

Inheritance Tax

When you move to another country, you are faced with its rules and idiosyncrasies. Not only in daily life and at work, but also when it comes to other, more formal rules. Many expats are not aware of the many Dutch tax rules that apply to them too. Some of these rules have been adapted … Continued

Hidden Defects

In a number of the articles in this issue of The XPat Journal, the authors have focused on the challenges posed by defects in the property you have bought or rented. The matter of how to deal with these can sometimes be straightforward, but sometimes it can be a little foggy. In this article, we … Continued

What Visiting Parents & Lunchtime Recess Have to Do with Housing

One of the unique features of ACCESS is that our volunteers, being expats themselves, often share their own experiences amongst each other, which in turn become subjects we share info on for the benefit of others. Sometimes these are practical, and lead us to research the answers, and possible solutions. Often, they are anecdotal, but … Continued

Becoming an Entrepreneur

According to the website,, the number of self-employed persons in the Netherlands is growing explosively; approximately 130,000 persons start up their own company every year. 95% of these are zzp-er, or zelfstandige zonder personeel; self-employed with no personnel – hence the use of this acronym in the site’s name. As a significant number also … Continued

The Career of an Expat Partner

The concept of a ‘career’ for the partners of globally mobile expatriates is usually not a straight path up a corporate ladder but rather a meander through available opportunities. Although planning a career throughout the uncertainty of an international lifestyle is difficult, there is a strategy that it makes it possible for accompanying partners to … Continued