Work in the Netherlands: Finding a job

Work in the Netherlands: Finding a job

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The ultimate job guide to working in the Netherlands, including information on the Dutch job market, vacancies, work permits and where to find jobs in the Netherlands.

Finding a job in the Netherlands takes more than just translating your CV. You need to know about the requirements for international workers (such as Dutch visa regulations and Dutch work permits), the current job market, and how and where to find jobs in the Netherlands. Here's an overview to working in the Netherlands, and below, a list of resources where you can find jobs in the Netherlands.

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Work in the Netherlands

The Dutch job market
There are lots of opportunities for expats in the Netherlands, with a wide range of international and multinational companies (Dutch internationals alone include ING Group, Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Unilever, Philips and Heineken), plus plenty of recruitment agencies aimed at placing foreign workers. It has a relatively stable economy backed by plenty of foreign investment (encouraged by advantageous tax conditions), and comprises a diverse, well-educated population, about 19 percent of whom are foreign or ethnic minorities. Although unemployment increased following economic fluctuation in recent years, the Netherlands still has among the lowest unemployment rates in the EU (6.4 percent in March 2016, ranked 10th), below the EU average (8.8 percent).

Minimum wage in the Netherlands is dependent on age and reviewed bi-yearly. Minimum wage in 2016 was EUR 1,524.60 per month for those older than 23 years old, and lower for under 23s. See the latest Dutch minimum wages.

Available jobs in the Netherlands
Highly skilled workers (also called ‘knowledge workers) are in great demand in the Netherlands, so much so that there’s a fast-track immigration process to get them in, plus tax benefits (the ‘30 percent tax ruling’) for some international employees. This group includes engineers, those with technical skills, IT specialists, those working in finance, as well as people with experience of working in sales, marketing and customer service. Other in-demand jobs include professionals and graduates working in health care, tax, interim managers and education. You can see the industries with the highest vacancies, plus vacancies in the public and education sectors.

Work environment and Dutch management culture
The Dutch usually work a 36–40 hour week, sometimes spread over just four days. Work is very well-structured within organisations so that most of it is done during normal working hours (ie. between 9am and 5pm) and, except at management level, employees would not expect to work overtime. Read more about Dutch contracts and employment law.

Dutch society is very egalitarian and this translates into the workplace. Dutch companies often have a horizontal organisational structure and they usually follow step-by-step plans. Decisions are taken after all the options have been discussed, so the decision-making process can be quite protracted. Meetings are often planned well-ahead, held frequently, run informally and, as the goal is for everyone present to reach a consensus, can last a very long time. Read more on Dutch business culture.

Jobs in the Netherlands

Requirements for working in the Netherlands

Work and residence permits
If you’re from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA – EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Switzerland, you are free to live and work in the Netherlands without the need for a work or residence permit. If you are asked by an employer for proof of your legal stay in the Netherlands you can give them a copy of this letter in Dutch). Croatian citizens may also work but will need a work permit for the first year. However, you will need to register with the Dutch authorities – read about the process for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens moving to the Netherlands.

If you’re from anywhere else, your employer will typically need a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV) for you, and you must also hold a residence permit. Most employees will qualify for the single work and residence permit, although some categories of people, such as students and seasonal workers, still need separate work and residence permits. Others, such as highly skilled workers and holders of the EU Blue Card, only need residence permits, not work permits. Read our comprehensive guide on work permits in the Netherlands.

Social security number
You will also need a Citizen Service Number (burgerservicenummer or BSN). Everyone needs this personal tax and social security number, and you get it when you register at the city hall on your arrival.

Languages
You don’t have to speak Dutch to get a job in the Netherlands – in fact, English is the main business language in many companies – but it increases your chances if you do. You will probably end up working for a large international company if you don’t speak Dutch. If you work for a smaller company then you will generally need to be able to speak Dutch in order to participate in a meeting or make a presentation. Expats who speak French, German, Flemish or a Scandinavian language are always in demand. To learn Dutch, you can find many language schools in the Netherlands.

Qualifications and references
Your chances of employment are greater if you hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. To find out whether your qualification is recognised or your profession regulated in the Netherlands, see the Nuffic website (the organisation for international co-operation in education).

If you get an interview for a job, you’ll need to show original testimonials or references from former employers. So make sure you bring diplomas, degree certificates and employer testimonials when you move to the Netherlands.

Jobs in the Netherlands

Finding jobs in the Netherlands

Expatica jobs
On Expatica jobs you can find a constantly changing selection of great jobs, both English-speaking and multi-language, in sales, IT and other industries in Amsterdam, other major Dutch cities and elsewhere across the Netherlands.

EURES
If you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can search for jobs in the Netherlands on the EURES (European Employment Services) website. EURES is a job portal network maintained by the European Commission which is designed to facilitate free movement within the EEA. As well as searching for work, you can post CVs and get advice on the legal and administrative issues involved in working in the Netherlands (or any other country in the EU/EEA or Switzerland).

UWV
The UWV WERKbedrijf is the public employment service and has a network of partner sites and employment agencies. There are branches in Amsterdam where you can get advice and information as well as look for a job. It also has an online database of vacancies, which you can search by postcode (in Dutch).

Job websites
Many companies list vacancies directly with recruitment agencies (see below), where you can find extensive lists of jobs in the Netherlands. However, some jobs can also be found on online employment databases, such as:


Recruitment agencies

Many Dutch companies rely on recruitment agencies (uitzendbureaus) to find employees. You can visit agencies in person but there are also lots of online recruitment agencies too. See a list of recruitment agencies in the Netherlands.

They offer a wide range of jobs, such as administrative/secretarial, sales and marketing, finance, IT, HR, media, health and education, both temporary and permanent. You can look for jobs, register your details and find out what’s happening in your own field. Some offer interview coaching, IT and language tests. You can register with as many as you like to increase your chances of finding work. Read tips on working with a recruitment agencies.

Job agencies for speakers of English and other languages:


Specialist job agencies:


Job agencies for general employment:


Company websites and speculative applications
If there are no vacancies in the companies you’d like to work, consider writing to them directly ‘on spec’ with an unsolicited application. Dutch companies are happy for prospective employees to use this approach. It’s important to contact the right person though, so check out the company website or contact the company direct.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) posts a list of recognised employers/sponsors (companies and organisations) who can bring highly skilled workers to the Netherlands with preferential immigration conditions, including not needing a work permit. Contact the individual companies on the list to find what opportunities might be available.

Dutch newspapers
There are vacancies (vacatures) advertised in Dutch print newspapers although these are generally senior positions within international companies. If that’s what you’re looking for, you can check the following newspapers in print version or see their affiliate job websites:


Networks

Finding work through both personal contacts and social media is acceptable in the Netherlands. There are many expats in the Netherlands, and by linking into this network you might find a job through word-of-mouth or a personal contact. Social media sites like LinkedIn can also help you make contacts. In the Netherlands be careful about what you post on social network sites in case a future employer searches it.

Also think about joining a business club, professional association or networking group, such as the Amsterdam American Business Club, Kea (for New Zealanders), Connecting Women and Women’s Business Initiative (networking for women), or SENSE, a professional networking for editors, writers, copywriters, translators, interpreters and teachers of English.

Meet-up will put you in touch with hundreds of groups of like-minded people in cities all over the Netherlands. The meet-up groups can be work or interest related and if you don’t see a group that suits your interests or job, you can always create your own group to see who joins.

International Job Fair
Go to Expatica’s annual International Job Fair to meet prospective employers from a wide range of industries face-to-face, make contact with multilingual recruiters, take part in workshops to improve your job-hunting efforts and apply for jobs. The 2016 fairs, organised by Expatica in conjunction with Together Abroad, will be held at the World Trade Centre in May and November. 

Traineeships, internships and volunteering in the Netherlands
University graduates can find traineeships in the EU via the European Commission Traineeships Office (Bureau de Stages), or internships or summer placements can be found via AIESEC (for students and recent graduates) or IAESTE (for students in science, engineering and applied arts). Europlacement and Intern Abroad also list interships opportunities.

If you are between 17 and 30 years old, you can apply to volunteer programs with the European Voluntary Service (EVS). You can work abroad for up to 12 months in exchange for board, food, insurance and a small allowance. For more volunteer opportunities, also check Concordia.

Start your own business
Foreigners can also consider setting up a business or become self-employed in the Netherlands.

Working in Amsterdam

For additional information on looking for work in the capital, see Expatica's guide to finding a job in Amsterdam.

Jobs in the Netherlands


Applying for a job
in the Netherlands

Once you’ve found a job that looks perfect, you will then need to prepare your application. To find out how to adapt your CV and cover letter to get a job in the Netherlands, as well as how to conduct yourself in a job interview, read our article on applying for job in the Netherlands.

 
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32 Comments To This Article

  • aneesh posted:

    on 21st September 2016, 18:19:28 - Reply

    sir ,
    i love work in NL
  • Sallandstorage posted:

    on 27th July 2016, 09:08:29 - Reply

    Really ultimate job guide to working in the Netherlands helped to find jobs in the Netherlands.

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  • Eugene posted:

    on 28th June 2016, 13:39:26 - Reply

    Hi I am Eugene from south africa and would love to work abroad.I am a supervisor and wear house supervisor and very good with people and can communicate at all levels.I am so wanting a job out of S.A as there is very little work for white males here.Please could u give me a chance I am a very hard worker and not afraid to work long hours as we here in south africa do.Here is my cell number in south africa should u have something for me I am willing to do any work I am not fussy at all. 27737526946 Thanks hope this email reaches the right person and I am holding thumbs because I want to immergrate to out of here this country is very dangerous and a lot of violence here.Regards Eugene Basson

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  • Elaine posted:

    on 22nd March 2016, 15:16:28 - Reply

    Very recognizable, I had a tough time in the beginning as well. Language and cultural carrier were tough for me. A friend recommended me to do coaching - didn't really have any faith in it at first but I even found an Expat Coach who helped me get behind the culture and guided me in the process of adjusting and finding work that was right for ME.

  • K posted:

    on 11th February 2016, 00:09:42 - Reply

    I found your comment very helpful as I want to work in the Netherlands in the near future.
    I really appreciate it.
    I am sick of working until 24 or 24 every working days here in Japan.

    I heard the Netherlands government decided not to require work permit for Japanese.
    so it may be a little easier than non-EU people to get hired.

    Reading your comment, I have to crack on with learning Dutch.
    I know little German, hopefully it can boost my learning speed.

  • Colette posted:

    on 23rd January 2016, 06:11:45 - Reply

    @Chris. Nee nog niks. Maar 'n oud-kollega van my is al 18maande daar met haar gesin. So, ek gaan haar maar kontak. Sterkte.
  • sohail posted:

    on 16th January 2016, 15:08:36 - Reply

    Hi
    If some one want to study plus job,,, is this easily done, in Netherland or it be difficult for international students

  • Chris posted:

    on 14th January 2016, 12:55:10 - Reply

    Hi Colete,askies ek pla. Maar ek wil uitvind of jy dalk antwoorde kon kry? Ek stel ook belang om te immigreer en soek ook antwoorde. As dit nie te veel gevra is nie.
    Groete, Chris

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  • mi posted:

    on 20th December 2015, 12:30:13 - Reply

    netherlands has c--p roads. dont let the state of the roads in belgium convince your otherwise. roads are better in your neighbour germany and in france.
    germany's roads are probably the best in western europe - esp. for high speed driviing.

  • Colette posted:

    on 9th November 2015, 09:29:25 - Reply

    Hi Carla
    My husband might be transferred by his company to their NL offices in Hoofddorp. So, we will be relocating to Hoofddorp or surrounds from South Africa. Our home language is Afrikaans which evolved from Dutch. So I don't think we will have much difficulty switching to Dutch. Especially the kids who are 4 years and 1 year old. I have a lot of questions and doubts and would love to have contact with someone who has knowledge and experience in what we are about to go through. Please give me you email address so that I can contact you with my questions if you could allay some of my fears.
    Kind regards.
    Colette de Klerk

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  • Alaa posted:

    on 22nd October 2015, 12:14:25 - Reply

    Hello Carla ,
    i would like to ask if is it easy to find a job in Netherlands ?
    my expertise in sales & marketing of medical devices with bachelor of biomedical engineering,
    and we are will ling to relocate to NL maybe in 2017 , my wife and daughter are dutch .
    also it's better to seek for a job before i go NL is possible?
    or relocate first then try to find a job?
    thanks in advance .
    and kindly provide me your e-mail adress
    best
    alaa

  • Carla posted:

    on 19th September 2015, 21:19:18 - Reply

    Hi Miguel

    There are friendly people here but an outsider might experience it otherwise due to the language barrier. Dutch people are straightforward, and they don't beat around the bush. Some might consider this as rude, but having lived here for 36 years I do not find the Dutch rude. I have travelled and lived in different places, and every country has its flaws. My advice to you and others who face negativity is to change yourself and you will change your environment for the better. If you would like to reach me for any question, please don't hesitate to contact me by email. I will give you my email address if you have serious question.

  • Karin posted:

    on 28th August 2015, 19:24:44 - Reply

    Being Dutch myself and having worked in 5 different countries including USA and China, I can say that although highly skilled and educated workers are valued in the Netherlands, they do not receive as high a salary as they might get elsewhere. For example, if you are an IT programmer or engineer in certain fields, Silicon Valley will likely give you 2 to 3 times the net salary, but you will work at least 3x the hours and spend 4x as much on housing. In the Netherlands the value balance of money vs  time off is just different than in other countries. My advice would be that if your value set is strongly preferring take home salary over time off or social security, then don't apply for a job in the Netherlands.
    And yes, the Netherlands put up a high bureaucratic barrier for visa and work permits, but so do other countries. Both my Chinese and USA visas also took a very large number of forms, papers, and medical exams. Indian visa papers are a nightmare too. Moving abroad simply involves boatloads of paperwork.
    Language wise the workplace in the Netherlands is I believe one of the most accommodating ones to non-local-language-speakers you will find in the world. Still I won't deny speaking Dutch is a must for 95% of the smaller companies and a big plus in bigger (multinational) ones. But then again that is the case for speaking the local language in any country. Seeing most employees will be locals and speaking in your native language is just easier, it makes sense the local language is often spoken in the workplace. If you as a foreigner are able to speak the local language it will make your life easier.
    As for the racism, yes, the Dutch can be racist. If you are a foreigner you often have to proof yourself extra compared to a native when applying for a job. As is the case if your skin does not look the same as the one worn by people in the traditional upper class, which in the Netherlands would be white. However, I have encountered racism in every country and every workplace that I visited (which are quite a few). It is a very unfortunate part t of our human nature that we like to protect our own group against others and skin color is a very easy differentiator. I don't like it, you may not like it, but the Dutch are certainly not alone in this case. Although I will admit that the cultural heritage of verzuiling (compartmentalization along socio-political lines) will for sure make it harder to foreigners to get into contact with the native population outside work, and hence society probably feels very non-inclusive for expats. Again, the Netherlands are not alone in having strong compartmentalization/segregation outside the workplace. The USA is strongly compartmentalized as well, but along skin color & immigration heritage. China on ethnicity and money, India on skin tone and caste, and the list goes on. When moving aboard we all need to consider that we may no longer be the upper class or part of the majority, so we need to consider we will probably encounter being at the receiving end of racist behavior.
    As some of the reactions to this article also compared some non-workplace relates stuff, I will put my 2 cents on those topics as well.
    Healthcare I can say is certainly not perfect in the Netherlands but it is very good and very affordable when looked at from a global scale. Sure doctors are often recommending to just take an paracetamol(painkiller) and go to bed, but then again people often tell their doctors they have the flu, when in reality it is a cold and antibiotics don't work against viruses. In China you better bring a brick of cash bills before going to the hospital (pay upfront) or have a very good private insurance so you can go to a private clinic. In the USA you better be very well insured and then have a doctor accepting your insurance. (After which you will even when insured be bombarded with bills that are 10x higher than the mandatory minimum deductible in the Netherlands. ) Basically every country has its own healthcare system with its own pros and cons. When moving aboard, that is something you have to consider.
    Education. In my experience the Dutch education system will guarantee you that regardless of which school you chose your children will get a good education. But yes, it will probably not be the very best education that is available in the world. On the other hand, those top schools will cost a fortune to get your children into and the Dutch schools and universities are very affordable and accessible to all. The education system is not so much focusing on cramming maximum information for retention and replication, but more geared towards developing a skillset that allows people to apply learnt knowledge into various situations, and to continue acquire new knowledge, including where to find missing knowledge/information.
    Finally someone dragged in the conditions of roads. If anyone complains about the condition of roads in the Netherlands, I would recommend to this person to go to any other country and drive through a mayor city and then out onto the countryside for at least an hour, and then consider what they are exactly complaining about. The condition of the roads and the signage in the Netherlands are among the best (if not the best) in the world. (And traffic jams are everywhere where more than 10 cars are trying to get from A to B.)

  • Miguel posted:

    on 15th July 2015, 13:04:47 - Reply

    Im living in the netherland now for 5 years, and belive me this country is difficult if you dont know the language, they're very racist if youre black or latino, nobody will hire u they dont care who u are or your education level, they just look at your skin color, here is no opportunities, for everything u pay very high tax. i found a bad job only for 6 months, wasting my time, dutch people find u old if youre over 28 they dont want u, they say, u too expensive, they hire kids from 16 to 26 years old so they can pay like 4 euro a hour. I'm done here, im going back to my country. 

  • John posted:

    on 8th May 2015, 14:21:22 - Reply

    I want to relocate to Netherlands, anyone willing to set up a business together, please contact me.

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  • sudarshana posted:

    on 24th April 2015, 19:51:52 - Reply

    Iam work in american base in iraq kitchen helper and linesever
  • Leila posted:

    on 9th April 2015, 14:15:24 - Reply

    I am here in the Netherlands for 10 months looking for a job without success. There is almost no jobs available at the moment or my 9 years of experience in finance does not suit the Dutch market. I don't want to encourage people to move here but be aware the job market here is really difficult. I came from Ireland and I am sure if I would be there I would be working for months already.
  • Vanessa posted:

    on 19th March 2015, 02:00:13 - Reply

    Are there any American based companies that are located in The Netherlands?

    My situation is a bit different since I don't need a dutch company to sponsor me for a visa. I have a freelancers resident permit which allows me to only work as a self-employed person in NL. Wish I could also work something part-time for extra income.

    Not allowed to work here (I suppose at a dutch company) but I'm wondering if it was a US job located here if that would work. I know Netflix is currently hiring for a job in their Amsterdam office.

    Any advice?

  • Adam posted:

    on 27th January 2015, 13:05:33 - Reply

    You guys should also add HoiTalent, the website has nothing more than international jobs, very useful!
  • Bo posted:

    on 5th February 2015, 21:20:07 - Reply

    If you search high tax on cars and income then come to Denmark
    We tax 68 % on income and
    205 % on cars
    We also have bad roads, but not as bad as the American concrete roads reminding me of Germany in the 1970`

  • greek posted:

    on 11th January 2015, 03:22:48 - Reply

    ...you just made NETHERLANDS a better place for me to go and live the rest of my life there!
    if i may give you a friendly advice, instead of being a...hater why dont you...at least try to become happy???
    [edited by moderator]

    hey guys wish me luck in making it to find a job and live a happy life in Netherlands. i need as much as possitive energy as possible!:))))

  • Joe posted:

    on 4th November 2014, 12:22:48 - Reply

    This article is definitely optimistic, on the boundary of lies. Working in the Netherlands, even highly skilled, is NOT easy at all if you don't speak Dutch. People are confused by the fact that you can speak English at the supermarked and they suppose you can speak English everywhere. This is false, is a myth that someone is inventing. Shell is asking for Dutch speaking employee for the majority of positions, for example, Siemens and Philips as well. You could have some chances if you are willing to work with organization that are de facto OUTSIDE the Netherlands (like ESA/ESTEC or EPO), otherwise, if you are for example a skilled and highly professional engineer, you have to wait at least one year to have the chance that the right place for you is coming (and you have to actively look for it, generally they don't come to you)..

    Please, do not mislead people, especially the ones who are evaluating to move and are looking for a job or that found a job and have to relocate the partner.

  • mic posted:

    on 16th October 2014, 05:16:21 - Reply

    Can anyone tell me how to get job in Netherland and how much time it will take to become permanent resident in that country.

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  • B.Freas posted:

    on 5th July 2014, 17:02:56 - Reply

    I live in the US and visited Holland for three weeks in January 2011. The food was great as my wife is allergic to wheat and was able to eat wheat products in Holland. Thankfully Monsanto is being blocked from owning all the seed rights. Also, I enjoyed not having a car there. I have 6 people (5 drivers) in my family and 4 cars to allow all of us to be mobile. I have too many cars.

    As for healthcare I am not able to comment.

    As for opportunity and taxes. I make a good salary and have very little left over at the end of the month. I think in any economy we will all spend what we have and not save. We are not our grandparents and there are too many things like mobile phones, internet, laptops, computer games, etc to spend our money on.

    What are the good things about both countries that we can agree on?

    US learned a lot from Dutch Farmers and owe them our thank for the advances made in the 19th century in the US related to farming.
  • Ehsan posted:

    on 27th June 2014, 22:14:27 - Reply

    Marcia, did you know in the US a 30 year fixed mortgage is rated at about 4% while in your beloved holland Abnamro rates that at the freakishly high rate of 6.8%?

    Socialism is to give population bare minimum and keeping them quite (I think dutch have a say for that?) while the spoiled royals steal as much as they can.
  • jericho posted:

    on 27th June 2014, 21:55:43 - Reply

    Mercia needs to compare American grade A chicken breasts sold at American groceries with the junk plofkip sold at AH. Or perhaps compare paper towels from the US shops to the cheap made and sold at dutch groceries. Plus instead of attacking Obamacare she better read the news that dutch hospitals are now allowed to pay dividend to their investors.
  • elvis posted:

    on 27th June 2014, 21:42:37 - Reply

    @Mercia: the US is much better place for highly educated people. If you know how to take care of yourself and don't feel like having a big brother looking over your shoulder all the time and nagging how you should subsidize smokers and drinkers health, then the US and its financial freedom offers much better living place.

    Of course most Dutch people don't understand this since they have never lived in the US (and they never seem to eat anything besides bread and cheese JK). But send one of them for a two weeks holiday and he will talk of it for the rest of the year like he has been to the moon and walked on it.
  • nausia posted:

    on 27th June 2014, 21:27:41 - Reply

    To mercia => Was it America's fault your lovely peaceful holland is paying billions of dollars buying F-35s? Who is war monger now?
  • mercia posted:

    on 17th June 2014, 22:42:37 - Reply

    So what are you sayimg about Obama care and your lack of gun control? While you are spewing your filth about Holand your are silent about the factt that every other week some Hillbilly with a automatic rifle kills innocent people. Maybe u should use your time and energy to fix your gun control so the rest of Holland can sleep in peace.
  • notgood posted:

    on 12th May 2014, 20:37:43 - Reply

    I make my own hot dogs at home. I have my own casings, meat grinder, and recipes.

    No: 35% BPM is not exaggeration. 21% BTW is not either. 52% tax kicking in at salaries above 52,000 per year is a fact.

    Unless if you are a [edited], you would not find it a place to settle for the rest of your life.

  • Dan posted:

    on 5th May 2014, 14:58:06 - Reply

    You must be an american... :) FYI... horse meat is much more cleaner and healthier than... hotdogs.. burgers... of course i do not agree with lying the consumer, but do you have any ideea what's in those hotdogs??!?!? :)))

    I thing u exagerate things just a bit...
  • notgood posted:

    on 26th March 2014, 09:45:26 - Reply

    Life in holland is cheap and of low standard. If you are a highly educated person thinking you will be in good hands and can grow and live a large life, holland is NOT the place to come to.

    They tax more than half of everything you make under income tax. They tax your savings above 20K 1.2% annually. They tax the whole price of a new car when you buy one (so you pay 2x price and get 1); even after you buy your car, they tax you for their very low quality roads full of bumps (even in highways), road tax relies on your car weight so for a typical 1500Kg car you pay 80 Euro a month road tax. Gasoline tax is heavy here: a galon of gasoline (or as they call it benzine) costs you like 12 dollars!!!!

    Next to that, most dutch businesses tie you to a useless 5 year residence permit which only entitles you to work for that employer. You cannot move to any other part of Europe unless you get your permanent residence for which you HAVE TO learn the useless dutch language and pass a nonsense integration exam.

    Their health care system is broke, so is their education system. You really don't want your kids to go to school here and taught weird life styles are OK. Their food industry is polluted with crooks who sell you horse meat labeled as beef. Their housing market is in terrible situation, they have been selling old, small, and mostly asbestos contaminated houses for decades combined with a mortgage tax relief that resulted in explosive growth of prices. Then came the 2008 financial meltdown and prices have since dropped 20%, combine this with the mortgage tax relief law scrapped since a year ago (not fully, slowly over years but the impact will be always there for years to come) and you don't wanna get in any mortgage debt trap. Don't forget their stingy banks that rely on interested rates much higher than norms set by the EU central banks. Foreign banks are not allowed entry to the holland market so so competition exists.

    holland is OK if you want to spend a few years. The only benefit is: you learn how ugly, useless and anti-individual socialism is.

    You wanna come? Come, but no one really welcomes you, stay a few years, and then move away.