That’s It, Folks


The XPat Journal adventure lasted more than 22 years, but all good things must come to an end.
In March 2020 the final issue of our magazine appeared.

Our website stays active though so you’ll be able to access our huge archive of summaries of articles we’ve published since 1998.


View the final print issue on ISSUU


Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

The Career of an Expat Partner

The concept of a ‘career’ for the partners of globally mobile expatriates is usually not a straight path up a corporate ladder but rather a meander through available opportunities. Although planning a career throughout the uncertainty of an international lifestyle is difficult, there is a strategy that it makes it possible for accompanying partners to … Continued

Inheritance Tax

When you move to another country, you are faced with its rules and idiosyncrasies. Not only in daily life and at work, but also when it comes to other, more formal rules. Many expats are not aware of the many Dutch tax rules that apply to them too. Some of these rules have been adapted … Continued

How to Bank in the Netherlands?

Have you just arrived in the Netherlands? We wish you welcome. It may take time to get used to life here. You will notice that a lot is different from what you are used to: the language, the culture, the food. But also the way of banking. We would like to help you find your … Continued

Career and Employment in the Netherlands

Wrong Culture, Right Culture? When it comes to describing cultural differences, one of the greatest challenges is to not succumb to the temptation of over-simplified stereotyping. Stereotyping is a useful psychological way for human beings to quickly make sense of the world around them. However, the danger lies in the fact that when we start … Continued

Stay a Little Longer…

Wine2Share New in the harbour of Scheveningen is Wine2Share. This cute and intimate wine bar is run by Bas Loeve & Nicole Lousberg. Here, top-level wine is presented. You can walk in for just a glass, or stay for lunch or dinner. Wines are poured by the glass, but also by the bottle. If you … Continued

Introducing the All-New XPAT.NL

XPAL.NL is proud to announce an exciting revamp of its website, an indispensible source of information for expats living in the Netherlands. Online for over a decade, the recently redesigned site now offers even more high-quality information for expats who have chosen to make the Netherlands their home, be it for a short period of … Continued

Green Is Not Just a Color – It’s a Way of Life

Whether students are running projects about water conservation, cleaning local beaches or examining the carbon footprint of their campus, their enthusiasm and commitment to sustainability is very clear. Parents, staff and students at American School of The Hague came together as a group three years ago to formalize their individual teaching, learning and project work … Continued

Keeping it Simple

There is no way around it, when looking for employment; the need for networking. Whether it be for enhancing one’s employment possibilities, exposing oneself to hearing about possible jobs, sharing with others what you are looking for (in the hopes that they may know of something or someone of value), or letting people know what … Continued

Disproportionality of the 150 Kilometer Border in the 30%-Ruling

In the Netherlands there is a special regime for expats who will be assigned to the Netherlands, namely the 30%-ruling. To qualify for the 30%-ruling and thus the tax-free allowance, the expat must meet four conditions. One of these conditions is that he must be living more than 150 kilometers from the border at the … Continued

From the Point of View of… Mardjan Seighali

“Many people fail to realize that refugees have been through a lot, not just to get here, but also before. There is a reason why they have become refugees. And they carry that with them for the rest of their lives. When they flee, they are separated from their families, culture and language – sometimes … Continued

Labour Market, Marriage and Divorce

How economically independent are you? Who is financially responsible for your children’s happiness? These are two questions that pop up in my practice as a family lawyer all the time. After a divorce, men are in general financially better off than women. Gender equality in terms of economic independence should therefore be one of the … Continued

ABC Tips for the Fall

In 1972, a couple of young enthusiastic Americans came to Amsterdam, the city where anybody, anything and everything goes, and decided to open a store with American erotic magazines and book remainders bought for 10 cents a pound dry weight. Today the American Book Center has grown into one of the biggest, maybe even the … Continued