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The expat community in Amstelveen


Amstelveen is often overlooked as Amsterdam’s more suburban neighbour; yet in addition to its easy access to the buzz of Amsterdam, there’s much to be said about the expat community of this liveable city, including international schools and social clubs.

Is Amsterdam safe to visit or live

Is Amsterdam safe?


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.

Best places to live

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?


Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you'd feel right at home.

Having a baby the Netherlands

10 reasons you'll want to have a baby in the Netherlands

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Recognising that pregnancy is not an illness, as goes the Dutch maternity approach, cycling eight months pregnant is unlikely to shock your doctor or midwife.

23 signs you’re a serial expat

23 signs you’ve turned into a 'serial expat'


Several years later and you're still on the move abroad... are you addicted to expat life? If these telltale signs are true, it's time to admit you're a serial expat.

The effects – good and bad – of living abroad


The expat lifestyle can be challenging on international families – but is that good or bad? Read why everyone should consider moving their family abroad.

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?


Home-exchange sites have been increasing in popularity, drawing people keen to taste life in another part of the world but not so keen to pay high hotel prices.

Move abroad with children

Geneva family diaries: Understanding coping mechanisms of expat kids


The way children cope with moving abroad can range from anger and tantrums to silence or tears – but it's important not to not mislabel these emotions, says coach Tammy Furey.

Tips for the male accompanying spouse

What to do when you're the male trailing spouse


Do you have your 'elevator speech' ready for the dreaded question: 'What do you do?'

Learn a language

The easiest and cheapest languages to learn


Learning a foreign language? Dutch, French, Spanish, German and Italian are the quickest languages to learn – but also among the most expensive per hour.

International schools

How do I choose a good international school?


International education expert Kathleen Ralf shares 10 questions parents should ask to help them choose the best international school for their child.

Expat travel

Itchy Feet: The life of an expert expat


You can spot an expert expat a mile away when they're in their national habitat of being 'anywhere new'.

Learning languages

Itchy Feet: When you lose the fluency battle


It's a hard climb to the top of mount fluency – especially when those linguistic nerves are determined to trip you along the way.

Dutch celebrations

Bitterballenbruid: The quirkiest birthday and anniversary Dutch celebration...


Once you're referred to as the biblical characters 'Abraham' or 'Sarah', you know you're getting old – and wise – and that invitations for a 'circle party' must have been sent.

Dutch culture

20 fears of a repatriating Dutch-American


While American expat Brooke prepares for the big move home, a new fear has emerged: how many Dutch faux pas will she commit in the US?

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