The Magazine for the International Community in NL

Since 1998 The XPat Journal is the premier English-language magazine for expatriates living and working in the Netherlands. It brings you essential information on topics such as Dutch culture, legal and financial issues, international education, housing and health care. But also general information on living in Holland and fun things to do in your new home country.

The XPat Journal appears twice a year in print and twice as an online magazine.

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

From iPads to English, Are Dutch Schools Becoming American?

Have you ever been to one of those Dutch historical museums, where you can see Dutch classrooms as they existed years ago? I visit one every day. It’s called ‘My Kid’s School.’ While Dutch society may be progressive in many ways, Education is not always one of them. I was watching a speech at the … Continued


Amsterdam’s De Pijp

Amsterdam’s vibrant district De Pijp is a hub of both local legacy and innovative young businesses. While tourists flock to the famed Albert Cuyp market, residents flee a few streets down to the serene Sarphati Park. A mesh of flavours, trinkets and people colour the streets year round. Out of many, we have selected four … Continued


TO-DE-LOO…

I remember raising my eyebrows when I first heard that question. I was viewing rental properties at the time with one of my expat clients. The house was not furnished and without any linen. I simply could not imagine what one could do in a bathroom while visiting an empty house. Did my client want … Continued


From the Point of View of… Brad Taylor

As Brad Taylor, Physical Education teacher, strides down the school hallways, the students respectfully make way, but with a smile. He addresses them in English – for he teaches at a bilingual school – and, depending on how confident his students feel about their command of the English language, they respond either politely monosyllabically or … Continued


Votes for Internationals

It was extremely irritating in September 2012 to watch my husband and two sons head off to the polling station to cast their votes in the general election. There I was; a taxpayer, a homeowner and an entrepreneur with no vote, simply because after 30 years, I still don’t see why I should stop being … Continued


Skating

On the odd occasion when frigid temperatures and snow hit the Netherlands, you are sure to hear Dutch people grumbling about how cold it is, how the snow is slowing down trains, how flights are not taking off from Schiphol airport and how long it took them to get to work – but secretly they … Continued


Deciphering the Dutch Health Insurance System

Medical insurance is one of those matters that the Dutch have devoted particular thought to – meaning that the outcome is characteristically complex. It is a topic that requires some discipline to decipher, yet it is also a very important one, with considerable consequences if you fail to deal with it correctly. Trying to read … Continued