About the Netherlands
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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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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Discover all you need to know about driving in the Netherlands, from the road rules to registering your vehicle.

FAQ: Soft drugs in the Netherlands

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The Netherlands was famed for tolerance towards soft drugs but regulations have changed to reduce so-called ‘drugs tourists'. Can foreigners still buy drugs in the Netherlands?

Dutch media

Media in the Netherlands

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A guide to leading Dutch language media, including print, TV and radio, to keep you in touch with local news and events.

Night buses in Amsterdam

Night buses and trains in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands

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Missed the last bus or train home? Whether you live in Amsterdam or anywhere else in the Netherlands, you can still get home on the Dutch night service.

Pets in the Netherlands

Keeping pets in the Netherlands

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Our guide to keeping a pet in the Netherlands, including pet registration, vets, emergency help clinics and what to do if your pet gets lost in the Netherlands.

OV chipkaart

Using the OV-chipkaart system

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Here’s our guide to the Dutch OV-chipkaart system, which is used on public transport in the Netherlands.

Taxis in Amsterdam

Taxis in Amsterdam

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Here's a guide on how to find a licenced taxi in Amsterdam, and a general guideline for taxi fares in Amsterdam.

Driving in the Netherlands

Driving in Amsterdam

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Get the lowdown on driving in the Dutch capital, from speed limits to parking regulations.

Drugs in the Netherlands

Dealing with drugs the Dutch way

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Natasha Gunn reports on the Netherland's unique approach to drug use and preventive measures.

Dutch newspapers, television channels, radio channels

Guide to Dutch press, television and radio

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Guide to the press, television and radio in the Netherlands, including lists of the main Dutch newspapers, television channels, and radio channels in English.



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