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

Searching for the Perfect Doctor

Finding the right doctor will make a world of difference in how you look and feel. Everyone wants to grow old, but everyone wants to look young. Luckily, nowadays, there are a host of small and ‘large’ procedures to ensure that your skin is flawless and your body in perfect shape. It seems so easy: … Continued


Simply the Best!

Every expat living in Holland knows that there are a lot of bikes and cyclists here. But did you realize that Holland is regarded as the best cycling nation on the planet? Well, it’s true. Cycling is a very hot topic these days, as more and more countries around the world attempt to emulate the … Continued


Dining Out… At Home

The XPat Journal likes to point you in the right direction when it comes to fine dining and interesting restaurants – but where should you go for catering, or great food prepared in your own kitchen? In this edition we introduce you to a spectacular, Asian concept and a chef who takes over your home … Continued


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


Dutch Bedside Manner: ‘You’re Dying.’

I’ve read that a positive mental attitude can boost your health. Dutch research seems to have concluded it’s better to admit we’re all dying. Perhaps it’s because many Dutch people pride themselves on their directness. Back home I learned, “Don’t talk about religion and politics in mixed company”. Here, it’s not uncommon to start a … Continued


Your International Choice – for Expats, by Expats

The origins of ACCESS are firmly rooted in a concern for the mental well-being of the international community. It was acknowledged then, in 1986, as it still is now, 28 years on, that – when ‘dips’ are low or deep – not only is attention required, but that attention by and from those who implicitly … Continued


Helping a Loved One Buy a Home

When you move to another country, you are subject to the taxes of that other country. Not only income tax, but also, for instance, gift tax and inheritance tax. Gift Tax The main rule in the Netherlands is that if the person making the gift is/was living in the Netherlands at the time of the … 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


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


What Does Wellness Mean To You?

Is it: the endorphin rush you feel after a good workout or yoga session? the relaxing of the body achieved by languishing in a sauna? or a content feeling from being massaged by an experienced masseuse? Holistic Approach It could be all three – wellness can be defined as the body, mind and spirit meeting … Continued


International Schooling: A Parent’s Guide

How do we plan the education of our children given the unpredictable nature of an internationally mobile life? Diane Lemieux, co-author of The Mobile Life: a New Approach to Moving Anywhere, looks at tips for maximising the benefits of an international education. Our goal in selecting schools for our children is two-fold. Firstly, we want … 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