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.

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

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


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


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


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


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


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