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The XPat Journal Education Special
What types of international education are available in the Netherlands.
Housing in the Netherlands
This section offers you practical tips and useful information such as where to buy or rent, selecting an agent and negotiating the deal.
There are a number of things you need to know before entering the job market in the Netherlands, such as: the make-up of the Dutch employment market, finding a job here as an expatriate, Dutch labor law, the Dutch social security system etc.
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Our Current Books
All our books are for sale at the major book stores in the Netherlands, but you can also order directly from us here or at www.hollandbooks.nl.
Your orders will be delivered to you within 5 office days if you live in the Netherlands.
Outside the Netherlands it may take 10 days.
Payment from outside the Netherlands is only possible by credit card. If you order from the Netherlands you can also opt for paying by means of an acceptgiro which you will receive with your order.
All prices mentioned are including 6% v.a.t. and excluding postage/shipping costs.
The Dutch and their Delta - living below sea level
By Jacob Vossestein
All over the world, people learn at school that the Netherlands is a country below sea-level. Dikes, polders, windmills and wooden shoes are well-known icons for this unusual nation, while its sturdy dams and storm surge barriers also enjoy world fame. But how does it all work? How can a country exist under such circumstances and even be prosperous? One would expect the Dutch to panic about climate change but they don’t seem to do so; how come? This book will tell you all about it, both in words and photos, striking a balance between developments in the past, the present and the future, steering clear from both generalizations and too much technological detail. Whether readers are expats, tourists or people far away taking an interest, this book will offer them fascinating insights on how a society can function around sea level.
See also the review on Iamexpat.nl
17 x 23 cm
full colour hard cover
Price: € 24.95
NEWS: Jacobs talks about his book on Youtube
Dutchnews book review
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Bicycle Mania Holland
Author/Photographer: Shirley Agudo
Never before has anyone captured the essence of the Dutch cycling culture – until now.
American photojournalist Shirley Agudo – a long-term resident of the Netherlands – captures it all in her surprising and fun images. Depicted are people transporting ‘anything and everything’ on their bikes – from tables and mattresses to the wildly popular bakfiets overflowing with children – along with witty and bizarre bike designs, and the practical (and not so practical) side of a country having more bicycles than people.
Old, young, barely-walking and, yes, even naked cyclists have been captured in all their glory in Shirley Agudo’s fascinating volume of photography about the Dutch cycling mania. Pertinent statistics and interviews provide further insight into the history and infrastructure.
Great souvenir and gift book for tourists and bicycle liefhebbers alike.
For more information:
In the press:
Iamsterdam.com - Bicycle Mania
Touractief - Gek op fietsen
Fietsverkeer - Achterop
Het Gooise Leven - Fietsgek
Amsterdamize - Bicycle Mania
BikeBiz - Bikebiz.com
The Underground - Theunderground.nl
ISBN 978 90 5594 698 3, 180 pages, 150 photo's
20 x 20 cm, Paperback, Jun 2010, Price € 19.90
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The Holland Handbook 2012 - 2013
The indispensable reference book for the expatriate
Various authors. Edited by Stephanie Dijkstra
This richly illustrated handbook offers 256 pages of essential information for the expatriate on all aspects of living and working in the Netherlands such as: registration, career, housing, international education, fiscal issues, health care, telecommunications and insurances. The reader can also find more general information on Dutch culture and habits, tourist information, language and international clubs. All these subjects are approached from the perspective of the expatriate - both newcomers and expats who have been living in the Netherlands for some time.
This and many useful addresses, phone numbers and internet URLs make The Holland Handbook and indispensable reference book for the employee expat, the expat's partner who does not have a paid or volunteer job (yet), foreign entrepreneurs, the many foreign students who have come to the Netherlands to train or study and professionals who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in expat affairs.
The Holland Handbook is for sale for € 29.95 at the major book stores in the Netherlands and websites such as www.hollandbooks.nl
Table of contents
- The Netherlands in a Nutshell
- Working in the Netherlands
- A Place to Live
- Legal, Tax and Financial Matters
- Getting Around
- Daily Life
- Health Care and the Medical System
- Things to do in your Free Time
12th Edition, ISBN 978 90 5594 890 1, 256 pages
21 x 27 cm, Paperback, June 2012, Price € 29.95
View the first 30 pages (PDF)
Companies and organizations can also order the book directly from the publisher in bulk quantities at a considerable discount.
The discount can amount to up to 40% of the retail price.
To order bulk quantities you can download our orderform with a pricelist online.
If you are interested in advertising in the next edition (2012 - 2013) of The Holland Handbook please contact us at email@example.com or click the button "advertise info" and you will receive all the relevant information.
Dutch for English-speaking Expats
By Maik Klaassen
Published in association with VanDorp Educatief
DUTCH for English-speaking EXPATS is a brand new course aimed at teaching Dutch to higher-educated non-Dutch speakers. Ideally suited for expats, but also of great use to others who have a command of the English language. The method consists of a book (65 lessons / 375 pages) and a CD-rom with hours of listening exercises!
including audio mp3 CD-ROM
24 x 30 cm
Price: € 75.00
Housing in Holland 2nd edition
The all-inclusive book on finding and financing a house in Holland
Edited by contributing author Connie Moser
Housing in Holland, was developed in order to guide the English-speaking foreigner through the process involved in rentals or purchase, to present a list of options, to explain financing, to help in securing legitimate assistance with rental or purchase properties, as well as contracting specialists for home repairs or remodelling. Insurances for the renter or homeowner are explained, as are the extra costs, levies and taxes encountered in Holland.
An encyclopedia of house rental and purchase, this book will demystify the terminology, the rules, the expectations and the rights and obligations of both parties as well as providing you with the addresses, phone numbers and websites of the necessary organizations and authorities who can help you through the process.
Table of contents
- Understanding The Dutch Property Market
- Housing – Rentals
- Housing in the City
- Looking for Housing
- Resource Pages
- Buying a House in the Netherlands – An Overview
- Purchasing a House
- Financial Considerations: Mortgages and Insurances
- Pests and Problems
- Housing Inspections
- Tradesmen: Getting the Help you Need
- Making a House Into a Home
- The Garden
- Safety - Protection of Property and Goods
- Recommended Reading - Important Addresses
- Utilities - Gas, Water & Electricity
ISBN 978 90 5594 516 0, 272 pages
bounded with foam board cover, May 2007, Price: € 27.50
Discount for bulk orders: up to 30% (for more info: www.housinginholland.nl )