The Magazine for the International Community in NL

Even in an expat-friendly culture like the Netherlands, creating a life in a new country can be daunting: how do you find housing, deal with the healthcare system, operate a business, raise children, have fun?

The XPat Journal provides the information necessary for expats in the Netherlands to create the life they want.

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

There’s no such thing as Organizing Festivals for dummies

Interview with Scholtes & Janssens Piano duo With events at historical sites, the Pianoduo Festival Amsterdam touches the soul of the old city center of Amsterdam in October for the seventh time. Artistic directors Lestari Scholtes and Gwylim Janssens, also known as the Scholtes & Janssens Piano duo, are proud about the success of the … Continued


The Hague’s Next Michelin Star?

Success for The Knott, Straight Out of the Box   By Nico McGough   The ‘oldies’ among us will remember a ‘straight out of the box’ maiden victory, long ago when German industrialist Walter Wolf built a Formula 1 car from scratch, put ace driver Jody Scheckter in it, and won the team’s first ever … Continued


Events for all Internationals in The Hague

Every year, more than 4,500 new internationals come to the Hague region. In total, more than 60,000 internationals live and work in The Hague, in various sectors such as embassies, NGOs, universities and multinationals. The Hague International Centre is the first point of contact for these people who can have all sorts of questions and … Continued


No Smoke Without Ire

By Robin Pascoe When you are a former smoker and a current insomniac there is nothing worse than being woken up by people on their balconies, smoking and having a laugh in the wee small hours, says DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe. “My particular bugbear is the bright young things living around us who have no-smoking … Continued


My Not So Brilliant Career

By Robin Pascoe   Today’s breed of young adults just starting out on the career ladder might have the world at their feet, but DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe would not swap places with them for anything. I never set out with a plan, just took advantage of the opportunities that came my way. No career … Continued


The IamExpat Fair Is Coming to The Hague

The Meeting Place for Expats and Local Businesses The 9th edition of the IamExpat Fair is taking place on Saturday, November 9, at the Grote Kerk in The Hague. At the IamExpat Fair in The Hague you will learn all about life in the Netherlands: from finding a house, job or school for your kids, … Continued


Mental Health & Sanity

Fish Discover Water Last By Chris Smit   The old Arab proverb “Fish will discover water last” is a very useful term to describe, in a cultural context, how people only realize that they have a culture of their own when you take them out of their own culture. Only then they will realize that … Continued


Doctor You

By Melanie Genssler   Chronic illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are experiencing a rapid, world-wide spread. The World Health Organization has reported that, in 2001, chronic illnesses represented approximately 46% of the global burden of disease, and 60% of the 56.5 million total reported deaths. The burden is expected to rise to … 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


The Amsterdam International Community School (AICS)

Moving, Growing, Connecting   The AICS (pronounced ‘ace’): what do we do? The AICS facilitates high-quality, accessible, community-based, international learning for students of all nationalities living in the Netherlands. Our vision is to be a community where learning is at the heart of everything we do. The AICS caters to international families in the Netherlands, … Continued


National Park Maasduinen

As Far as a Cannonball Would Travel   Ask anyone if they know of a big park in the Netherlands, and they are sure to come up with De Hoge Veluwe National Park. However, another park that is at least equally as deserving in fame is de National Park Maasduinen in the northern part of … Continued


Enjoy the Best Health Care in Europe

By Pim Bouwmeester   When you move to the Netherlands, you are coming to live in a country that is widely-recognized for its excellent health care system. One reason why the Dutch health care system is rated so high for quality is because it is widely and easily accessible. With over 150 acute care facilities … Continued