About the Netherlands
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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.

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.

Facts about the Netherlands

A brief introduction to the Netherlands

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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

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

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.

A guide to special needs services in the Netherlands

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A wide array of organisations assists people with special needs in the Netherlands, from transport to education to holidays.

Dutch culture

Guide to the Dutch: Society and working culture

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Are the Dutch really flexible and direct? For those living in the Netherlands, we take a look at Dutch attitudes to work, family life and time management to ease integration.

Dutch government

The Dutch political system and Prinsjesdag

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The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy with three tiers of government. Here's how the system works.

Dutch politics

Political parties in the Netherlands

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Do you know your PvdA from your PvdD? Or your SP from your SGP? Let us unravel the Dutch acronyms of the political parties in the Netherlands.

Crime in the Netherlands

Crime and the legal system in the Netherlands

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The Netherlands is one of the safest countries in Europe with a low crime rate, but as with any country you should still take reasonable steps to protect yourself.

Drugs in the Netherlands

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.

Dutch politics

What's liberal politics in the Netherlands?

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The 'liberal' label is being used by many political parties in the Netherlands. It's hard to do justice to all of them within the scope of this page, but we'll try.



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