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"i am not a tourist" Expat Fair for Internationals featuring the Job Fair for Internationals

"i am not a tourist" Expat Fair for Internationals featuring the Job Fair f...

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Tackle the ‘tongue-twister’ language taste delicious Dutch food, find fun clubs, make new connections, discover the secret to finding a new home, how to access financial services or register for an educational course, and more at the "i am not a tourist" Expat Fair.

30 interesting facts about the Netherlands

30 interesting facts about the Netherlands

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Is the Netherlands truly the land of clogs, tulips and windmills? Why shouldn't you call it Holland, anyway? Test your Dutch knowledge with these top 30 facts.

Top 10 Dutch foods – with recipes

Top 10 Dutch foods – with recipes

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There's much more to Dutch food than raw herring. Here are the top 10 most popular Dutch foods, together with Dutch recipes for you try at home.

Public holidays and important dates in the Netherlands 2016

Public holidays and important dates in the Netherlands 2016

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Here is a list of Dutch public holidays (Nationale feestdagen) in 2016, plus other important dates such as school holidays, Mother's and Father's days, and daylight saving.

A brief introduction to the Netherlands

A brief introduction to the Netherlands

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The newcomer to the Netherlands will be forgiven for not knowing what to expect about Dutch culture, after tales of windmills, clogs, dikes and tulips. Expatica offers a whistle-stop tour.

Emergency numbers for expats in the Netherlands

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Need to contact the police, doctor or gas company urgently? Here is a list of essential numbers and websites for emergencies and other issues in the Netherlands.

How to celebrate King's Day in the Netherlands

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Most countries with royalty celebrate their monarch's birthday with pomp and ceremony. The Dutch, in contrast, hold a giant open-air market to celebrate 'Koningsdag' and paint the town orange.

Top Dutch festivals 2016

Top Dutch festivals 2016

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Dutch festivals celebrate everything from life to flowers to music. This guide gives you a taste of the top Dutch festivals to see in 2016.

Christmas in the Netherlands

Christmas in the Netherlands

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For those spending their first Christmas in the Netherlands, or even for more seasoned expats, here is our guide to celebrating the festive season, Dutch–style.

10 things you didn't know were Dutch

10 things you didn't know were Dutch

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The Dutch can be credited to many more inventions than Gouda and Edam yellow cheese wheels and 'Big Brother'.

Guide to public transport in the Netherlands

Guide to public transport in the Netherlands

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Here is a basic guide to trains, buses, trams, airports and taxis in the Netherlands, including information for those with special needs.

Driving and parking rules in the Netherlands

Driving and parking rules in the Netherlands

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All you need to know about driving in the Netherlands, from exchanging your driver's licence to car registration and parking.

A guide to special needs services in the Netherlands

A guide to special needs services in the Netherlands

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A wide array of organisations assists people with special needs in the Netherlands, from transport to education to holidays.

Guide to the Dutch: Society and working culture

Guide to the Dutch: Society and working culture

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Are the Dutch really flexible and direct? For those living in the Netherlands, we take a look at Dutch attitudes to work, family life and time management to ease integration.

Dutch social security system explained

Dutch social security system explained

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The Dutch social security system is one of the most comprehensive in Europe but access to the Dutch welfare system is becoming more restrictive.

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