According to OECD Better Life Index, the Netherlands had Europe’s best work-life balance in 2018. 93% of the population were happy about the combination of their time spent at work and their private life which is a good reason for foreign people to live and work in the Netherlands. The Dutch work market covers many sectors so mostly everyone can find a job in their field depending on the city. Moreover, more and more international companies (American ones usually) create their European headquarters in the Netherlands to support their European market.Read Top 5 best cities to work in the Netherlands
Dutch business culture, how does it compare to the rest of the world? Though Abroad Experience mainly works with international companies with offices in the Netherlands, we also work closely with Dutch companies (with international teams), that provide a Dutch working culture. It’s not the most complicated of environments, there are just a couple of features which are distinctly Dutch, as, with all cultures, this may take a little time to get used to.Read Dutch Business Culture: What to expect.
90% of the Netherland’s population speaks English on a fluent level, which makes practicing the language a bit difficult when you want to put your new language skills into practice. Dutch is one of the easiest languages to learn for especially native-English speakers; besides sentence structure, many words are similar to English. Then there are words in Dutch which cannot be directly translated to English, most famously “Gezellig” like “Hygge” in Danish, is that warm cosy/fun/comfortable feeling/atmosphere you may feel when spending time with your friends/family or doing activities. There are so many excellent schools where you can learn Dutch, also there are groups on Facebook in your city/town where you can meet others wanting to practice your new language, Apps and YouTube videos which you can follow and so on. For now, here are some daily sentences and words which you can already put in practice.Read Common Dutch Sentences/Words
There are a few standard emergency numbers, codes, and sounds you should know when moving to the Netherlands.Read Emergency numbers in the Netherlands