What atmosphere is better than the one hanging over Christmas markets? If you are a lover of the holidays, you will understand the feeling of what holding a cheesy decorated mug filled with hot wine brings. The glittering lights above you, adorably decorated gift stalls and carefully constructed skating rinks bring warmth in your bones, despite your numb cheeks. And though Germany is arguably the best country to go to for these markets, the Netherlands is not too far behind in extravagance.Read Christmas Markets: a beloved tradition
It is a rite of passage for newly arrived expats to undergo the mythical quest for a BSN Number… that is to say, obtaining your BSN (burgerservicenummer) which you need for employment and all other administrative functions in the Netherlands. Like most bureaucratic administration, it can be difficult, unnecessarily complicated and frustrating but we will attempt to put forward enough advice to help you get through this process as quickly and effortlessly as possible. If you plan to live and work in the Netherlands for more than four months, you must register at your local municipality (gemeente) within five days of arrival to receive your or BSN. This includes EU/EEA nationals as well as people in possession of a work permit.Read The Quest for a BSN Number
It would be ideal to have a Dutch bank account in order to deposit your first salary from your new job! The Netherlands is home to some of the world’s largest banks, ABN-AMRO, ING, Rabobank, and SNS, to name a few. Some of these banks offer a full range of services in English, including app, translated manuals, and ATM’s all over the country.Read Opening a bank account
Relocating to a new country can be stressful and time-consuming, which is why the Abroad Experience team is determined to make your relocation as efficient and worry-free as possible. Below we have put together an essential relocation checklist to help you make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes to starting your new life.Read Relocating to the Netherlands
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you do not need a residence permit to stay in the Netherlands if your stay is based on the EC Treaty. Your passport (or ID document) from the country of which you hold the nationality is evidence enough that you are permitted to stay in the Netherlands. You are not required to register with the IND.
Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland fall under the laws and regulations of the EU, EEA and the treaty between the EU and Switzerland. These regulations are different from Dutch national law.Read Residence permit