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

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


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


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


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


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