5 Things you might want to Consider and Take a Closer Look Into Before Relocating to the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a country that feels like an attractive place to relocate to.  They rank 11th on the life-quality index, have a high employment rate, the health service is very good, public safety also gets a thumbs-up, and it is also said that the life satisfaction levels are quite high.  This may be because of the relatively easy-going type of lifestyle.

There are a few things that you should consider, and gather information on before you pack up your belongings and take the first flight out.  Things are done differently from country to country.  Each country has their own culture and will do things accordingly.

5 Things to take a closer look at before relocating to The Netherlands:

  1. The Dutch Social Life and Culture: The Dutch culture tends to be relaxed, multicultural and liberal.  The Dutch are known for the nightlife and café culture that can be found in the cities.  They also have a fine selection of museums.

The cost of living is lower in the Netherlands, but they still offer a good life-quality.  To acclimatise you with the local customs, you can visit the many museums, read up on the interesting facts, and try sampling Dutch food.

  1. Retirement and Pensions: Retirement age is 65, but will rise to 67 by 2022.  Anybody and everybody that is living and has been working in the Netherlands will be eligible to claim a Dutch pension.  This can be an attractive option for expats that will like to retire in the Netherlands.  What is more; you can add any other pensions earned before. More information here
  2. Driving Licences: Rules and regulations around driving are very strict.  You are not allowed to drive a vehicle that is registered in another country.  You will have to exchange your foreign license for a Dutch one.  You have 185 days to do this, or you will be required to take the Dutch theory and driving test.
  3. Social Security Benefits and Health Insurance: All Dutch residents need to pay both social security and health insurance payments.  Long-term residents will be eligible for public health insurance.  Most foreign residents that moved to the Netherlands are required to register for public health insurance in four months time after getting their residence permit.  Dutch health insurance is expensive but of the highest quality.
  4. Opening a Bank Account: This you will find quite easy.  You will need a valid ID, plus a confirmation of residence permit, a citizen service number, and proof of address.  You will be asked for proof of income, too.

These are only a few of the things that you might struggle with, when first starting your life in The Netherlands.  At first, you will find this strange and unfamiliar, that definitely is, true.