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

An (Un)Done Deed

For many people, the topic of a will is a difficult one. As is the timely considering and arranging of a prenup or a cohabitation agreement. We would understandably rather not consider the unpleasant things that could happen to us, let alone make arrangements for them. Though it must be said, once we have taken … Continued

Preparation and Patience to (Re)Start Your Career

The signs are almost imperceptible. But we see them. The employment market is growing and opportunities for internationals looking for jobs in the Netherlands are increasing… incrementally perhaps, but we see the trend. Here at ACCESS, there is a slightly higher turnover in our volunteers. From within our own volunteer network, more people are finding … Continued

The Dutch Team: A Wheelbarrow of Frogs?

By Alette Vonk A German friend of mine came to work for a car company in the Netherlands. She was to head a relatively small production unit and expected that it would be fairly easy to manage this team of around 15 employees. To her frustration, however, it proved to be much harder than she … Continued

My Green Gig for the King of Orange

In general, Dutch bosses have a reputation for being non-hierarchical and down-to-earth. Even the Dutch prime minister is known for biking to work and cleaning up his own spilled coffee. Once, I hosted an event for a company with a new CEO who was almost too eager to prove how normal he was. The new … Continued

VERTICAL: ‘Green’ Apartments and Maisonettes

Presales Phases 1 and 2 in Full Swing Comfortable living in a building whose façade is covered in green and that has ‘high-rise’ gardens. All this is possible in the new construction project VERTICAL in Amsterdam Sloterdijk. So much interest has been shown for this construction project with its ‘vertical landscape’, that the presales of … Continued

Ways to Employ International Talent in the Netherlands

Young professionals are moving to the Netherlands, attracted by opportunities to start a career at some of the major companies in this country. At the same time, there is a need for trained talent in today’s challenging employment market. Consequently, employers are actively looking for trainees, apprentices and graduates from all over the world. Obviously, … Continued


When a Dutch manager gives an ‘order’ to one of his or her colleagues it is always (no, there is no exception) met with the – one word only – question; “Why?” Could you make those photocopies for me? Why? Can you help me move those boxes? Why? I would like to turn up (or … Continued

Internationally-Diverse Staff Set New Standards in Childcare

For over a decade, Zein International Childcare has been the childcare provider of choice for international families living in The Hague and beyond. Founded on a dream – a vision to help children embrace the advantages that an internationally-oriented lifestyle can bring, Zein was soon recognized for their genuine understanding of the specific needs of … Continued

Living Under the Dutch Umbrella

The Dutch Social Security System If you legally reside and/or work in the Netherlands then, in principle, you are subject to the Dutch social security system, unless you are exempt under EC Regulation 883/2004 or a bilateral social security treaty (both of which you will read about further on). The same goes for your partner … Continued

Job hunting in the Netherlands

By Sevi Christoforou & Nannette Ripmeester There are currently abundant job opportunities in the Netherlands but, as with every country around the globe, there are some cultural norms that you have to take into account in order for your job search to be successful. Navigating the nuances might seem complicated at first but becoming aware … Continued

Communication – A Key to Successful Learning

Cross-Cultural Mobility International relocation and cross-cultural mobility provide both challenges and opportunities. For many families, these include coping with new jobs, a new environment, language and culture and, most importantly, settling their children into a new school. At American School of The Hague we are strongly committed to providing our students, parents and staff with … Continued

To the Rhythm of a Different Drum

The Grachtenfestival is an eagerly-anticipated cultural highlight of the summer here in the Netherlands, drawing in thousands of music lovers from all around the world. The ten-day celebration of classical and contemporary music, held annually in August, is set along Amsterdam’s historic canal belt, giving musicians the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with the most beautiful … Continued