Expatriate Community in the Netherlands

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
Estimated at 25,000
Blogs For Expats
Transitions Abroad
Expat Focus
Expat Blog
For Further Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Expat Information
Immigration Authority
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Portal for Moving Companies

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Amsterdam is ranked 25th of cities in the world where the cost of living is highest. The food (€250-€300 a month) and living (€500-€1500 a month) expenses are relatively high compared to Amsterdam's European counterparts.
Quality of Life
Amsterdam is ranked as number 13 of cities in the world where the quality of life is best. Sporting clubs are easily accessable, as well as gardens and other (public) facilities. The public transportation works well, transportation by car is more difficult due to the large number of traffic jams. The country is well-lit. Overall the qualitiy of living is excellent.
Sanitary Conditions
Amsterdam is ranked 21st among the 50 cities in the world where the sanitary conditions are best. The pollution is limited, water from the faucet is drinkable. The sanitary conditions are equal throughout the country.
For Further Information
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the quality of life and sanitary conditions
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the cost of living

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
In general the apartments that are for rent are without furniture, but with some proper searching it should be no problem to find an apartment with furniture. Some abbreviations that are commonly used in the Netherlands:

1K = 1 Bedroom, 2K = 2 Bedrooms, etc.

Normal Lease Term
The terms vary a lot; the most common term of lease lasts for one year.
Rental Costs
The cost of reservation usually equals one month's rent and the same goes for the agency fees. The deposit is usually two months.
Agencies or Private Rentals
National rental agencies and commercial agencies both have experience with foreigners. International agencies are usually the best option to go for.
Rental Agency Websites
Portal with all the Rental Agencies
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Perfect Housing
Housing in Holland
Woonkrant (in Dutch)
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
It is also possible to rent a room. There are a lot of sites that are specialized in room rental such as kamerhuren and kamerhulp.
For Further Information
Article about Housing in the Netherlands
Transition abroad guide about living in the Netherlands
Expat Focus guide about living in the Netherlands

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School System

School Level
Education is compulsory under the principle of leerplicht (learning obligation), between the ages of 5 and 16 for all children who reside in the Netherlands or stay there for prolonged periods. Children usually attend 8 years of primary school between the ages of 4 and 12. Most of the Netherlands’ primary schools, except for a relatively small number of private schools, are funded by the government and parents are only required to make a contribution (ouderbijdrage) to the cost of some special activities or excursions.

There are three main categories of local secondary education in the Netherlands: Vocational Education (VMBO), Senior General Secondary Education (HAVO) and Preparatory Scientific Education (VWO). For the first three or four years, secondary school students in each of these separate types of education follow a similar curriculum, after which their education becomes more specialised. At least two days a week of education of some form, which may include a component of on-the-job training, is also compulsory between the ages of 16 and 18, although there is no such obligation for anyone who leaves school at the end of the school year in which they turn 17.

International Schools
There are a number of international schools located in the main cities of the Netherlands, offering primary and secondary education and mainly following either the British educational curriculum or a curriculum based on the International Baccalaureate. The fees vary considerably between international schools. There are also English-language streams in many local Dutch schools, for which tuition fees may be payable, but at much lower rates than for international school education.

You can consult a list of international schools in the Netherlands.

For Further Information
Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
Medical services are excellent; medical needs are easily covered and special suppliers are usually available on short notice.
International Hospitals
There are no international hospitals in the Netherlands.
Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
In general, the legal obligation to have the basic medical insurance package applies to all residents of the Netherlands, regardless of nationality, unless they are on a temporary residence permit or student permit. Foreign students and people staying temporarily in the Netherlands are required to hold some form of health insurance as a condition of entry.
Health System Insurance Body
Zorgverzekeraars Nederland
Health Ministry
Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

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