So, you have embarked on your great adventure and arrived in the Netherlands: welkom!

Your first steps in the Netherlands

Although the initial stage is over, there is probably still a lot to do. You need to get that bank account set up and work out which train to catch to your new workplace on Monday morning, etc. Do not feel overwhelmed, as this section will take you through your essential ‘First Steps‘.

Everything you need to know about the Dutch transportation system is provided here as well, so you will be able to confidently navigate the rail, tram and bus networks. You might even decide to ditch your old car, become truly Dutch, and invest in a bicycle.

It is important to have this figured out incase you need to get to a doctor, dentist or hospital. These facilities, and a range of other care options, are recounted in detail on this site. Of course ‘Legal and Financial Matters‘ come into the equation too. If you find yourself slightly baffled by Dutch insurance, tax or law, just scroll down.

Practical matters aside, homemaking is what will really enable you to settle in. Take a look at the ‘Daily Life‘ section to get the low-down on where to shop and how to get your new garden flourishing.