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4 Good Tips for Assimilating to Dutch Culture

As an expat, moving to a new country usually means learning a new culture and way of life.  The further you move from your home country, the more different that way of life can be. In this article, we go over 4 tips for assimilating into the Dutch culture. Good luck! Learn the language Whichever…


Fierljeppen: Traditional Dutch Pole Jumping

Fierljeppen, (pronounced fier‧ljep‧pen), sometimes referred to as polsstokverspringen in German-speaking East Frisia is a favorite sport of The Netherlands’ North Western Friesland province.  Roughly translated to the self-explanatory “far-leaping” (originally: elegant jumping), its object is to run toward a body of water with an 8 – 13 (13,25 maximum) meter long pole (polsstok), jump over…

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The History of Feminism in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is renowned for being an open-minded, forward-thinking and tolerant place. Not only is the Netherlands progressive on women’s rights, but it could also be described as a global pioneer in first-wave feminism. In this article we recap and discuss the history of women’s rights in the low countries and where we are today.

A Guide to Buying a Bicycle in the Netherlands

If you plan on moving to the Netherlands for work or study, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up buying a bicycle. Not only is it the preferred mode of transportation in Holland cycling, but also it’s part of the culture and everyday life, and is the easiest way to get around the cities. The infrastructure…

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Awesome Things for Kids to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for its many tourist attractions for adults, but did you know that it is also an awesome place to holiday with kids? It is unsurprising really, when you take into account that Dutch kids are rated some of the happiest in the world. There are oodles of fun things to do in…

How To Raise Bilingual Kids in the Netherlands

Raising kids can be tough enough, without the added challenge of teaching them multiple languages. Three years ago, when we moved from our home in the UK to the Netherlands, my husband and I weren’t really focusing on the fact that our newborn and toddler would end up bilingual. We talked about how they’d eventually…

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Dutch Public Holidays and Key Dates for 2024 & 2025

The Dutch have a variety of national, public, and other holidays to keep track of. Whether you’ve just moved to the lowlands, or have lived here all your life, knowing these key Dutch public holidays will save you the embarrassment of going to work when you don’t have to.

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Dutch Local Elections: Why the Expat Vote Matters to D66

Last year’s national elections in the Netherlands captured the attention of the world’s media. After the election of Trump in America and the British Brexit vote, the world held its breath and waited to see whether the Netherlands would be next in line to swing to populism.