Carnival – Den Bosch Style

Beer Every year, in February or March, for three days, many towns in the southern part of the Netherlands are packed with people, dressed in all manners of strange costumes, while brass bands perform through the town streets and enough beer is brought in to float the country. The origins of carnival (carnaval in Dutch) … Continued

Job Opportunities with NGOs and Non-Profit Organizations

Many expats would like to work for an NGO or an international non-profit organization in the Netherlands, the majority of which are located in The Hague and Amsterdam. Examples of such employers are: Oxfam Novib, Hivos, International Court of Justice, OPCW, UN, Greenpeace, Human Rights Watch and War Child. However, due to the fact that … Continued

Amsterdam 2013

It’s in the numbers! 2013 in Amsterdam adds up to some magnificent and significant milestones, to be celebrated by multiple events, exhibitions and concerts throughout the year. Countdown 400 years of Amsterdam canals, 125 years of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Concertgebouw, 175 years of Artis Royal Zoo, 160 years of Van Gogh, 125 years … Continued

When Is a House a Home?

For expatriates and global citizens the world over, finding a house or apartment in a new city / country is about much more than identifying the premises on which you will live (regardless of whether you are buying or renting). Finding a place to live subconsciously becomes a vital step in ensuring you can settle … Continued

Running (or Ruining) Your Own Business

Yes, I know, there are many good things about owning my own business (will someone please remind me what they are?) – but right now I’m feeling a bit out of stock on positive reasons. I knew I was suffering from a severe case of self-employment affirmation deficit syndrome when people in the Netherlands kept … Continued

Cost Efficiency and Globalization: Expatriation on a Shoestring

It appears that the financial crisis is here to stay, and so is globalization – causing organizations to want to enhance the international character of their DNA. It is up to the HR and expat managers to make this happen, but they are limited by their board rooms’ suspicion when it comes to the high … Continued

Culture Shock

Expats all over the world may experience the unpleasant phenomenon of ‘culture shock’. This is not a sudden fright or a particularly bad moment caused by the unknown culture of a new country, but rather a phase in the process of adjustment. It can be compared to the estrangement one may feel after moving to … Continued

Providing for Unforeseen Events – Insurance

Owning ‘things’ brings not only pleasure, but sometimes also headache. What if there is a storm and a tree falls on your house? Or what if the pipes burst on a freezing winter’s night? And how about that lovely iPhone 5s that Santa Claus brought your teenage daughter this December – will it survive her … Continued

A Treasure Often Overlooked

Until approximately ten years ago, higher education in the Netherlands was a treasure that was reserved for those who spoke the language of this country. This is no longer the case. More and more education institutions are offering English-language higher education; currently, in excess of 1,500 courses are on offer that cover just about everything … Continued

The Future of the Mortgage Interest Deduction

One of the most important reasons for people to buy a house in the Netherlands is the deductibility of the mortgage interest. It is, in fact, the third most important reason – after flexibility in location and the accrual of wealth. What Is the Reason for this Deductibility? At the start of the 20th century, … Continued

The 30%-Ruling

Employees who have been hired from abroad can, under certain conditions, benefit from the 30%-ruling regime, which allows 30% of their employment income to be allocated for the tax-free compensation of specific expatriate expenses (referred to as ‘extraterritorial expenses’). In principle, the compensation of these extraterritorial expenses is based on your actual costs. However, if … Continued

Castle, Bird’s Nest or… Pitfall

Sometimes you want a castle, sometimes a bird’s nest and sometimes just a safe roof for a limited time, but what you certainly don’t want is a pitfall. The question to buy or not to buy can therefore not be answered In general. Recently you have been able to read in the papers about how … Continued