If you ask other internationals who work and live in the Netherlands what they think of Holland, you get a one-sided answer: it’s fantastic. It’s a country with a cosmopolitan outlook and an entrepreneurial attitude. Dutch people are pragmatic and down to earth. It is home to a wide variety of cultures. Most foreign people embrace the country’s cultural diversity while being able to maintain their own unique identity at the same time. The Dutch have high living standards, excellent public facilities, and a great healthcare system. And just like you, they have a proficient knowledge of the English language.
What does living in the Netherlands mean?
When you are considering to apply for a job in the Netherlands, there are a couple of things - such as housing, healthcare, and transport - that are important to know before you make your decision.
Choosing where to live can be a difficult task if you do not know the country upfront. The procedures may not be the same as you are used to. You can either rent or buy a place to stay. If you stay for a longer period of time, the difference in monthly payments can make purchasing a house an attractive option.
Everyone who lives in the Netherlands has the right to healthcare. Holland has an excellent standard of healthcare, one of the best in the world. Whenever you have health problems, you can consult a general practitioner, a hospital or other care providers. Health insurance costs are on average 100 euros per month.
The Netherlands has an excellent transport network. It has one of the densest road networks in the world and a superb public transport system. Wherever you want to go, you can get there easily by car, train, bus or other transport vehicles.
The Dutch are famous for cycling and its amazing cycling infrastructure. Cyclists generally have their own lane. It’s a very popular way to get around.
Even though nearly all Dutch speak English well, learning the language is recommended when you are moving to the Netherlands. It will help you in everyday life. Dutch may sound as a complicated language and learning it won’t be one of the easiest things to do. But it’s definitely not one of the toughest things either.
Work life balance
The Netherlands has the best work-life balance in the world. For instance, Dutch laws enforce paid vacation, protect part-time workers and promote a work-life balance. The Dutch government guarantees twenty paid vacation days per year. Also, a lot of people working in the Netherlands opt for a part-time job.
Living in the Brainport Region
The Brainport Eindhoven Region is a vibrant and highly innovative area. Living in the Brainport region brings high living standards, close proximity to all facilities you need and plenty of job opportunities. It is a pleasant place to live, with a great variety of cultural and leisure activities.
The Brainport Region is home to many internationals. The region has plenty to offer for your social life, such as networks, social clubs, events, and festivities. Meerhoven - a popular neighborhood for internationals - is one of those areas with an international character and a large international community.
For newly arrived internationals in Brainport, the Holland Expat Center South is there to make it easier for expats upon arrival. Plus, they organize Meet & Greets and Expat Workshop Evenings in order to give expats important information, and also the opportunity to get to meet new people – and to get to know the region!
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