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Is Amsterdam safe to visit or live

Is Amsterdam safe?

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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.

business opportunities

Expat interview: Make your own business opportunities in the Netherlands

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You can create your own business opportunities in the Netherlands, to which expat author and cultural centre founder Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska can attest, as long as you don't have a 'pre-programmed vision' she says.

Expat life with a double buggy: Writing an expat children's book

Expat life with a double buggy: Writing an expat children's book

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Rembrandt and Kiki are the new kids on the block, the red-headed twins who move to the Netherlands in a bilingual book series created by a British expat and Dutch national.

Dutch celebrations

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

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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.

How to fund a travel lifestyle

Geeky Explorer: How to fund a travel lifestyle – without excuses

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If you keep finding excuses for not travelling more, here are 24 bloggers who share some inspiration on how they create a travel lifestyle.

The Brainy Expat: Working abroad from home – is it for you?

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The idea of working from home can be both exciting and frightening, depending on your assessment of the pros and cons. Here are 10 top jobs to work from home.

Unfold Conflicts: Dealing with cultural conflicts at work

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Louise Dancet discusses how cultural differences can easily lead to conflicts at work, and how expats can avoid cultural clashes in a multicultural work environment.

Xian Wang on starting a business in the Netherlands

Xian Wang on starting a business in the Netherlands

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Chinese expat Xian Wang discusses the positives and negatives of the Dutch business environment for starting a company in the Netherlands.

Expat Entrepreneur: Nina Schein on running a business in Amsterdam

Expat Entrepreneur: Nina Schein on running a business in Amsterdam

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Nina runs Your Personal Manager, a planning, management and organization company.

Amsterdam Mamas: Going Dutch - the jobhunt

Amsterdam Mamas: Going Dutch - the jobhunt

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Nadine Migoni shares her experiences with a Dutch jobhunt.

Expat Entrepreneur: Charlotte Buskens in the Netherlands

Expat Entrepreneur: Charlotte Buskens in the Netherlands

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Relocation specialist Charlotte Buskens discovers that decisions on how best to market her business in the Netherlands can be tough. "Go for it. Take a risk and be someone that walks the talk, not talks the walk," she says.

Expat Entrepreneur in the Netherlands: Sarah Fraser

Expat Entrepreneur in the Netherlands: Sarah Fraser

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Life coach, Sarah Fraser, talks about the business of helping people to reach their goals to discover contentment and personal happiness.

Expat Entrepreneur in the Netherlands: Ginni Fleck

Expat Entrepreneur in the Netherlands: Ginni Fleck

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Ginni Fleck teaches people how to develop their artistic talents using textiles at her amateur school in Amsterdam.

Expat Entrepreneur in the Netherlands: Toni Scriven

Expat Entrepreneur in the Netherlands: Toni Scriven

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Offering a good service and thinking outside-the-box are paramount for Toni Scriven who carefully selects her project team to reflect the same qualities.

Expat Entrepreneur: Caterina Tzoridou in the Netherlands

Expat Entrepreneur: Caterina Tzoridou in the Netherlands

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Greek expat Caterina Tzoridou believes in approaching a new business with a spirit of innocence and protection, as well as the will and determination to help it grow.



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