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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?

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

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


The Raffles

Frank Deuning has long and deep roots in the world of wining and dining. In 1993, after working in top-class hotels and restaurants, he opened his own restaurant, and named it after the famous governor of Java and founder of Singapore, (Sir Thomas Stamford) Raffles. The Raffles is elegantly decorated, very calm and has you … 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 Slug’s Life

Being a homeowner in a country built on a swamp may not always be the wisest thing, writes DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe. As I stand, once again, in our semi-basement kitchen with pump in hand, trying to get rid of the centimetres of water that have found their way in after the recent rains, I … Continued


The Experiment

At first glance, people looked pretty normal. None of them wore Tea Party tee shirts or complained about Obama-care. Nobody touted the NRA, Michelle Bachman, or the repeal of same-sex marriage legislation. Even the casual banter was pleasant and surprisingly open-minded. I kept waiting for someone to ‘out’ me, to say “We know you’re a … Continued


Education: Steered by Market Needs…

Worldwide the debate is in full swing. Parents, teachers, students, educational institutions, employers and policy makers alike are asking themselves What are the skills needed for the labour market in the future?, and, Are these being taught to those who will be entering the job market in the coming years? At ROC Mondriaan, an intermediate … 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


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


Sint vs Santa

As an American who’s been living in the Netherlands for almost 20 years, I’ve noticed a growing conflict between Sinterklaas and Santa Claus. More and more, Christmas seems to be taking over. “Oh no,” say the Dutch purists, “American commercialism is ruining Sinterklaas.” And with the Dutch economy begging for some more consumer spending, this … 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


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


From the Point of View of… Frankie McCoy

Frankie McCoy has been living among the Dutch for too long. Her office is freezing and when I put my down jacket back on an hour into the interview she says, “Oh dear, I forgot to turn on the heat!” She forgot to turn on the heat. And didn’t even notice. Then again, the warmth … Continued