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Top Dutch facts

30 interesting facts about the Netherlands


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.

Craft beer in Amsterdam

Craft beer in Amsterdam: what comes next?


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

Dutch law

25 unbelievable Dutch laws that exist today


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

Social security in the Netherlands: Your Dutch social security benefits


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?

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


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.

King's Day

King's Day in the Netherlands: A complete guide


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.

Best inventions

The best inventions you didn't know were Dutch


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.

Guido van der Zee

How to sell a car in the Netherlands: best practices


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.

Public holidays in the Netherlands

Dutch national holidays and other important Dutch holidays 2018


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


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


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.

Facts about the Netherlands

A brief introduction to the Netherlands


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

Dutch inventions

10 things you didn't know were Dutch


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

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