Expat The Netherlands News

Latest 10 news items tagged The Netherlands

6 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Its more fun in the Netherlands

The growing popularity of the Netherlands with younger expats isn’t only down to its startup opportunities. All work and no play makes the average expat professional a very dull person but, for those living and working in Netherlands, there’s plenty of festivals and events to banish the boredom of the daily grind. The epic Dutch pop festivals are famous across Europe but, for those more suited to less extravagant celebrations, there’s also a long list of unmissable events celebrating the country’s cultural and historic events....
27 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats in the Netherlands warned about ticks and Lyme disease

As the Netherlands becomes ever more popular with expat professionals, there’s one unfamiliar danger they need to watch out for. Given the challenges of moving to a new country, expats arriving in the Netherlands could well be forgiven for not knowing about a serious threat to their health which could easily result in totally wrecking their expat experience – ticks! A combination of the country’s rural habitat, an increase in the number of animals hosting the horrid little insects and the warmer than normal Dutch springtime has...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats landmark Brexit appeal rejected by Amsterdam court

An Amsterdam court has thrown out a landmark case brought by British expats which demanded their post-Brexit rights as European citizens should be recognised by the EU. The case was the first of a number awaiting hearings and was brought by five British expats in the Netherlands and two anti-Brexit campaign groups. It was ruled against in its first hearing last January and was sent on appeal to the Amsterdam court. The court rejected the appeal and found in favour of the Dutch government, quoting expats’ claims were ‘too vague’...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UK expat parents in EU fear for their childrens educational freedom

The swathe of English language curriculum international schools across the expat world has helped relocating parents provide a steady stream of quality education for their offspring for decades. One of the most important aspects of relocation for British parents is the availability of international-standard education from primary to university level. The advent of Brexit isn’t just threatening Britons’ right to stay in their chosen EU country, it’s also threatening the continuation of parental choice as regards a structured...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Affordable Dutch universities make top 100 list in annual survey

Expatriates with families including older children will be happy to hear three of the Netherlands’ universities are ranked in the top 100 of the World University Rankings, reckoned as one of the world’s most important education-related surveys. Delft University of Technology came in on 52nd place, two places higher than in 2017, and is now ranked as the best university in the country. The University of Amsterdam took 57th place overall, one place higher than last year, and also beat Delft University on academic reputation....
4 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Netherlands housing shortage could be solved by 3D printed homes

Could 3D printed homes be the housing answer for expats flocking to the Netherlands? Rents and purchase prices of homes in the Netherlands are soaring due to demand exceeding supply, especially in Amsterdam and The Hague. The situation has been exacerbated by the huge number of expat professionals and tech entrepreneurs arriving in the small country over the past few years. Eindhoven has the same problems with supply versus demand, but an unconventional solution may have been found. By 2019, the world’s first lived-in 3D printed...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expat protests still growing against the Dutch 30 per cent tax break cut

A month after the Netherlands government announced its shocking decision to cut back the 30 per cent tax cut for expat professionals from eight to five years, the movement aimed at getting lawmakers to rescind the ruling is growing steadily. An estimated 60,000 expat professionals living and working in the Netherlands are affected by the ruling, many of whom have made financial arrangements, taken out mortgages, enrolled their children in internationals school or taken on long-term rental contracts. The expat community’s anger is...
24 May at 6 PM 2018

Anger escalates over Netherlands expat 30 per cent tax cut change

As the row over the Netherlands government’s cut to the 30 per cent ruling escalates, the real financial damage to expats is becoming clear. For many expatriates over the past few years, the Dutch tax advantage for incoming professionals has played an important part in their decisions to choose the Netherlands over and above a number of other destinations. Savings made by the treatment of the first 30 per cent of salary as tax free has also encouraged many to buy properties with the help of mortgages as well as structuring savings...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

US businesses rejecting the Netherlands due to less competitive business environment

American companies are now shying away from opening up in the Netherlands due to its increasing lack of competitiveness. For a good while, the country was destination number one for American conglomerates wishing to open European offices, but changes to the Dutch business climate are persuading them to look elsewhere in Europe. France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and even the UK are now considered more suitable. Projects involving US investment in the Netherlands stood at 88 in 2016, falling to 75 the following year and totalling...
18 May at 6 PM 2018

Home Secretary finally demands info on plans for UK expat rights

As the UK government finally gets around to asking EU leaders about their plans for UK expats in Europe, British expats in the Netherlands continue to fight for their rights. Earlier this year, UK expat campaigners in the Netherlands asked the Amsterdam court to decide whether British expats can become EU citizens after Brexit is finalised. In what seemed like a cop-out by Dutch justice, the court referred the decision up the line to the European Court of Justice which has the final say on the interpretation of all EU laws. Christiaan...