About the Netherlands
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Top Dutch facts

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 Dutch festivals

Top Dutch festivals

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The Netherlands' festivals celebrate everything from life to tulips to Dutch music festivals, with glorious Dutch celebrations to experience. This guide to gives you a taste of the top Dutch festivals to see, including the best festivals in Amsterdam.

Dutch food

Top 10 Dutch foods – with recipes

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

Ferries across the Channel

Ferries across the Channel: getting around Europe by boat

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Travel between mainland Europe and the UK has never been easier, and if you’re sick of air travel there remains the classic option: take a boat.

Craft beer in Amsterdam

Craft beer in Amsterdam: what comes next?

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Over the last 20 years, the Netherlands has experienced a drastic change in beer tastes and beer drinking culture — especially in Amsterdam.

25 unbelievable Dutch laws that exist today

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Which Dutch laws could land you in jail? Or, as Dutch tolerance goes, what crazy things can you get away with under Dutch law?

Cost of living in the Netherlands: How much is enough?

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The cost of living in the Netherlands is relatively affordable for western Europe, although the cost of living in Amsterdam and other main Dutch cities is typically higher.

Guido van der Zee

How to sell a car in the Netherlands: best practices

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Your car will not last your lifetime. It will either wear out—a good reason to sell before it completely loses value—or it no longer suits the lifestyle you lead as an expat in the Netherlands.

Streaming Services

Watch your home country's TV abroad: a guide to international streaming ser...

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With content delivery services that offer access to your favourite TV programmes from your home country around the world, living abroad has never been easier.

Social security in the Netherlands

Social security in the Netherlands: Your Dutch social security benefits

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Foreign workers are obliged to pay social security in the Netherlands but what Dutch social security benefits can you claim – without affecting your Dutch residency?

King's Day

The complete guide to 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 and paint the town orange to celebrate 'Koningsdag'.

Best inventions

The best inventions you didn't know were Dutch

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You've probably used a Dutch invention in your life without realising it. Here are some of the best inventions to thank Dutch inventors for.

Public holidays in the Netherlands

Dutch national holidays and other important Dutch holidays 2018

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Here is a list of Dutch national holidays (Nationale feestdagen) in 2018, plus other important Dutch holidays such as school vacation, Mother's and Father's day and daylight saving.

A jolly Christmas in the Netherlands

A jolly Christmas in the Netherlands

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Your ultimate guide to a jolly Dutch Christmas: here we explain Dutch Christmas traditions, Dutch Christmas songs, winter activities and all the Dutch Christmas food to try during Christmas in the Netherlands.

Emergency numbers in the Netherlands

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.



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