Saturday 13 August 2022

Longer articles about living in the Netherlands, Dutch society, culture and travel plus third party content from our partners

What you need to know about having a non-compete clause

What you need to know about having a non-compete clause

One in three employees in the Netherlands has a non-compete clause in their employment contract. What should you be aware of if you are one of them? Seliz Demirci from GMW Lawyers explains. A non-compete clause in an employment contract prevents an employee from working for a competitor after their employment has ended. A clause usually lasts for a period of six months but could run for several years. If you break the clause by changing jobs for a rival... More >


‘Here I feel like I’m a valued member of society’

‘Here I feel like I’m a valued member of society’

Nigerian Nelson T. Ajulo from Rotterdam lived in eight different countries before settling in the Netherlands in 2017. When he’s not working, you’ll find him relaxing on Scheveningen beach or playing sport. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I came to visit once for a business conference and fell in love with the people. The people were just super straightforward and direct and, for me, I translate that as openness and transparency. It makes life a lot easier.... More >


Hot and hungry? Where to swim and eat in Amsterdam

Hot and hungry? Where to swim and eat in Amsterdam

The Netherlands seems finally to be having what other countries consider to be a proper summer: days – weeks, even – of weather so reliable that the prospect of organising a picnic or a BBQ more than a few hours ahead doesn’t seem so crazy. While the heatwaves that have been sweeping Europe are certainly cause for concern when it comes to climate change, here in Amsterdam we’ve been lucky: escaping the hottest temperatures while still benefiting from dry and... More >


Three things to watch out for when choosing an energy company

Three things to watch out for when choosing an energy company

Energy prices have been soaring of late, and many people have been shopping around in an effort to find a cheaper deal because their current contract is expiring. Whether you are looking for a new deal or are new to the Netherlands and sorting out an energy provider for the first time, here are three things to watch out for. 1.   Type of contract Since the beginning of 2022, most energy suppliers are only offering variable energy contracts with monthly... More >


Seven unique cinemas to visit in the Netherlands this summer

Seven unique cinemas to visit in the Netherlands this summer

Summer is here, and while it’s the perfect time to drink out on terraces during the day, it’s also the ideal period to visit the movies at night – especially if it is hot outside. Why? Because the biggest movies come to the big screen over the summer. Top Gun: Maverick, the new Minions and Elvis, to name a few this year. That’s not even including the unique independent and international films released simultaneously. Here are seven cinemas you must... More >


Inburgering with Dutch News. Five rules for dealing with Dutch birthdays

Inburgering with Dutch News. Five rules for dealing with Dutch birthdays

This summer’s inburgering course is focusing on subjects which were either put on hold, or made impossible, during the height of the coronanvirus pandemic. Lesson 31: birthdays Dutch birthdays can be a complete shock to the uninitiated, but there are few simple rules on how to deal with them. 1 If invited to a Dutch birthday party, do not expect wild dancing until dawn. It usually means sitting in a big circle of chairs, drinking coffee and eating a piece... More >



Atheism still not always easy in the Netherlands

Atheism still not always easy in the Netherlands

Fewer than half of the Netherlands now believe in God but for those finding atheism later in life after a strict religious upbringing, it is not an easy path. ‘I was 21 when I became involved in a struggle with the church authority,’ Zeelander Inge Bosscha (45) told Dutch News. ‘I was in an abusive relationship and wanted a divorce. They said that God did not allow this.’ Unanswered questions Inge, the eldest of 10 children, was raised within the... More >


Inburgering with Dutch News: 10 ways to be polite to Dutch people

Inburgering with Dutch News: 10 ways to be polite to Dutch people

This summer’s inburgering course is focusing on subjects which were either put on hold, or made impossible, during the height of the coronanvirus pandemic. Lesson 30:  how to be polite The Dutch have a reputation for being blunt and direct to the point of rudeness. But there is such a thing as Dutch etiquette. Here are the main things to look out for. Greetings Coronavirus has played havoc with the Dutch traditional approach to greetings and shaking hands. Pre coronavirus,... More >


Get the summer party going with Dutch lessons at Taalthuis

Get the summer party going with Dutch lessons at Taalthuis

Taalthuis’s Dutch courses are helping newcomers make the most of the summer holidays and get ready for September. We find out more. The Festival season is in full swing, terraces are bustling, parks are dotted with picnic parties and boats heave with revellers cruising the canals. It’s the perfect time to make new friends and practise your Dutch. But is your Dutch summer ready? Letting go Taalthuis can help. The Dutch language school offers online classes, in-person lessons in eight... More >


Summer favourites: 14 great things to do in July and August

Summer favourites: 14 great things to do in July and August

It’s almost all outdoor fun in July and August, and if June was anything to go by you can leave your umbrella at home. Pick your sporting event The 16 best women’s hockey teams in the world will take part in the World Cup from July 1 to July 17, with the group matches and cross-overs split between the Spanish Olympic Stadium in Terrassa and the Wagener stadium in Amstelveen. The semi-finals and final will take place in Spain. The... More >


Housing newsletter: rising interest rates and rural retreats

Housing newsletter: rising interest rates and rural retreats

A round-up of the latest housing news, brought to you by Expat Mortgages. Interest rates Interest rates have more than doubled since the start of the year and you will now pay around 3.5% for a 10-year fixed rate mortgage. Economists expect rates will go up even more, given inflation is hovering around 8%, thanks to a wide variety of factors. ‘The real low rates of around 1% are gone and I don’t think this is something we will ever... More >


‘You have to have an opinion in the Netherlands’

‘You have to have an opinion in the Netherlands’

Indonesian national Irene Anggreeni from Rotterdam came to the Netherlands in 2006 to do a PhD in Industrial Design, but clinical depression forced a change of direction and she retrained as a psychotherapist and mental wellness coach, drawing on her own experience to help others recover from trauma. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I came to the Netherlands for a PhD position in industrial design at the University of Twente in Enschede. I have a Bachelor’s from... More >


The three types of donations and when you can deduct them from tax

The three types of donations and when you can deduct them from tax

It is always good to give – and in the Netherlands, there can be a tax advantage too. If you donate more than 1% of your taxable income in any given year to certain good causes, you can deduct this sum from your income before you pay tax on the rest. Sing in a church choir at the weekend, and send them an annual donation? Give money to your local mosque? Made gifts to the major Ukraine appeal Giro555 or... More >


Inburgering with Dutch News: celebrating the humble herring

Inburgering with Dutch News: celebrating the humble herring

So, with summer almost with us, it is time to once again take some lessons in our very own inburgering course. To start, here’s a quick catch up on one essential subject – given today is the start of the new season. Lesson 11: The herring The new herring season starts on June 15 and this year the fish is described by experts as ‘especially fatty’, which is a change from the usual lekker, or nicely, fatty. The fat content,... More >


Why have overseas shipments to the Netherlands become such a nightmare

Why have overseas shipments to the Netherlands become such a nightmare

If you’ve received a package from overseas in recent months, there’s a good chance you had to pay substantial fees on it, even if it was a gift or a personal item. You may have even found yourself in an aggravating ordeal with the customer service departments of PostNL, DHL, or another delivery service. Here’s the rundown on what’s happening…and why it’s going to continue. A birthday gift from my sister and a family heirloom for my partner Marie. These... More >


Concertgebouw appoints Klaus Mäkelä as its new ‘artistic partner’

Concertgebouw appoints Klaus Mäkelä as its new ‘artistic partner’

The Concertgebouw orchestra in Amsterdam has appointed 26-year-old Finnish musician Klaus Mäkelä as its new ‘artistic partner’, who will take over the role of chief conductor in 2027. Mäkelä, who was earlier a guest conductor in Amsterdam, is currently chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, music director at the Orchestre de Paris and artistic director of the Turku Music Festival. The Concertgebouw orchestra has been without an artistic leader since Daniele Gatti was sacked in 2018 over sexual harassment... More >


Selling up? How to get the best possible price for your property

Selling up? How to get the best possible price for your property

With interests rising, there are signs that people hoping to get a foot on the property ladder are reconsidering their options. When a house does come on the market, fewer people are attending viewings. So how as a seller can you make the most of this difficult market? The first thing you need to do is ensure that you have the best possible online listing, says Mie-Lan Kok, who has been in the business for some 20 years. ‘You need... More >


How to easily watch foreign TV from the Netherlands in 2022

How to easily watch foreign TV from the Netherlands in 2022

    Missing your favourite television programmes from back home, or worried about internet security? A VPN might be the answer. A VPN (Virtual Private Network – read more about it here) is a way of protecting your connection while you’re using the internet. It makes your browsing private, hides your IP (Internet Protocol) address and ensures your internet service provider (ISP) doesn’t track you. A VPN will encrypts your internet traffic, making your browsing more secure and private but... More >


Shifting ground: British artist Antony Gormley brings lifetime’s work to The Hague

Shifting ground: British artist Antony Gormley brings lifetime’s work to The Hague

  When you stand inside the end of ‘Passage’ – a 12-metre tunnel in the shape of a mechanical man – the outlook is frighteningly black. But turn around and the entrance has become a cross of stunning light, and a kind of epiphany. This tension between despair and hope is the common thread in an exhibition by the British sculptor Antony Gormley, in the stunning surroundings of the Voorlinden museum in The Hague. The show is called ‘Ground’ and... More >