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Cheers in other languages

How to say ‘cheers’ in 50 other languages

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When you can say cheers in other languages, you'll quickly make friends no matter where you go. Here's how to say cheers in 50 other languages.

Is Amsterdam safe to visit or live

Is Amsterdam safe?

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Is Amsterdam safe to live or visit alone? An expat insider explains how safe Amsterdam is at night and in the red light district, plus areas to avoid and types of crime tourists should watch out for.

Expat Fair: Moving to the Netherlands

"i am not a tourist" Expat Fair

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Learn Dutch, taste delicious Dutch cuisine, join clubs and groups, make new connections, discover the secret to buying a house in the Netherlands and more, at one of the top events in Amsterdam.

Crooked house Amsterdam

The history of crooked Amsterdam houses – are they safe?

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How safe are Amsterdam's crooked houses? Take a look at the history behind the development of Amsterdam's narrow houses and theories on why they tilt today - which is what you should avoid if you live in one.

Dating the Dutch

Africanah Girl: 10 reasons to date or marry a Dutch man

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Forget what you've read in cyberspace about Dutch men being uncool, unromantic or underdressed; Caroline outlines 10 reasons why Dutch guys are worth it.

10 tips for dating Dutch women and Dutch men

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You may have heard that Dutch women are the most beautiful in the world or that Dutch men are boring. We look behind the Dutch dating rumours on Dutch women and Dutch men.

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

winter in the Netherlands

The Dutch winter survival kit every expat needs

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A love of pea soup, a potato masher, hot chocolate and eternal hope is a good start to assembling your Dutch winter survival kit.

Cool Dutch words

10 cool Dutch words that have no English translation

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Dutch isn't the most widely spoken language, but these cool Dutch words are worth learning for those moments that no English word can express.

Dutch proverbs

Dutch proverbs: How the Dutch express themselves

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The Dutch express themselves in sometimes baffling, but commonly used, ways. Expat blogger Dutched Pinay comes to grips with a selection of Dutch proverbs.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand

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As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Christmas

Who's that with Santa? An introduction to Black Peter

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St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) and his helper Black Peter (Zwarte Piet or Père Fouettard) are the source of some controversy – who's that Black Piet giving out the gifts at Christmas time?

toilets in the Netherlands

Public toilets: A Dutch inconvenience

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Going to a public toilet in the Netherlands is not like elsewhere – if you can find one. Amanda van Mulligen investigates the inconvenience of Dutch toilets.

business opportunities

Expat interview: Make your own business opportunities in the Netherlands

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You can create your own business opportunities in the Netherlands, to which expat author and cultural centre founder Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska can attest, as long as you don't have a 'pre-programmed vision' she says.

Dutch nationality

Is getting Dutch nationality worth the effort?

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Does getting Dutch nationality make a difference? From the minute you get your Dutch passport, says Kenyan expat Caroline, who survived the bureaucratic chaos – and would do it again.



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