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.

We publish 4 times a year. The Spring and Autumn issues are a glossy print edition, and the Summer and Winter issues are published online.
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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

Lassus Tandartsen – Your Expat Dentist in Amsterdam

Lassus Tandartsen combines high-quality dentistry and a people-oriented approach to provide you with the best in dental care services. They offer you a wide range of dental treatments, such as general dentistry, dental hygiene, veneers, (invisible) braces, implantology, endodontics and more. Lassus Tandartsen is open seven days a week, including evening hours, and has a multilingual practice that … Continued


To Know About Wine Is to Learn About Wine

The Wijnstudio Is Your mentor Many wine lovers want to know more about this marvelous beverage but are not fluent enough in Dutch to follow regular courses. For people like these, De Wijnstudio has created the ultimate solution; a course in English. De Wijnstudio has been founded by Henriëtte and Jeroen Bronkhorst who used to … Continued


The British School of Amsterdam Looks to a Bright Future as It Turns 40

You might be excused for thinking that The British School of Amsterdam (BSA) is solely focused on educating UK-born pupils. But nothing could be further from the truth. The school is truly international, with over 970 pupils of almost 60 nationalities receiving a world-class education in the Dutch capital. The children’s ages run from 3 … Continued


SwimKids

The Bilingual Swim School in The Hague Over the past decade, SwimKids has grown from a modest initiative, with an individual Instructor giving private one-off lessons, into the most established, well-known and respected swim school for expat and bilingual children in the Hague and Scheveningen area. In the process of doing so, it has gained … Continued


Capturing Time and Beauty

Robert van Hall is a portrait photographer whose works go far beyond putting his clients on a stool and having them plaster on their prettiest smile as their eyes glaze over. Robert is inspired by the classic lighting and settings used by the painters of the Golden Age. “I love the play of light and … Continued


New Winford Elementary School in Amsterdam

Winford, the largest provider of private primary education in the Netherlands, will be starting a fully-bilingual primary school program in Amsterdam in September 2019, under the name Winford Bilingual Primary School. The school is an extension of the current Little Universe School (LUS), which until recently was only available to children up to 11 years … Continued


Being Bored Out of Your Skull

Having kids that go to school or university is always a good source of inspiration for writing an article. This year, my son spontaneously gave me the topic of this article when he was telling me about his current school experience. How school was boring him out of his skull… Last time, he told me, … Continued


Chronic Disease? Enjoy Our School’s Chronic Response

My son was 13 when he was diagnosed with a chronic disease. We almost didn’t want to tell his school, because we knew we’d get a chronic response. But – before we get too far – let me say a) his diagnosis is comparatively mild; b) his school has much improved by now; and c) … Continued


Little Star Fitness

If you happen to stroll through Vondelpark near Emmalaan on a Saturday morning, you will probably hear the sounds of children laughing and running around, soaking up the sunshine whilst they learn about and develop their sporting skills. This is Little Star Fitness, the hottest craze that both parents and children are loving right now. … Continued


Helpling – Household Help Is But One Click Away

How do you go about finding a reliable, discreet and conscientious cleaner, if you don’t speak the language, don’t have a network and need a quick solution? Helpling’s cleaners have been awarded a 4.7 out of 5. They come from various backgrounds, such as homecare or another cleaning organization, their identity has been checked and … Continued


A Pocket of Dutch History Among the Dunes

Ask the question, What is the national flower of the Netherlands? and people will answer: the tulip. However, as many of you might already know, the tulip did not originate here. It arrived here in a rather roundabout way. Popular in the courts of the Ottoman sultans, several tulip bulbs were given as a gift … Continued


Exciting Developments at AICS

AICS will be going through many exciting developments over the next few years. Their main location, which is currently based at the World Trade Centre, will move to A.J. Ernststraat, Buitenveldert towards the end of 2021. A large, spacious building has been designed, which incorporates the school’s values – including community, enquiry-based learning, areas for … Continued