In the category Editor's Pick you will find a growing collection of articles which were originally published in The XPat Journal. The XPat Journal ® is the premier English-language magazine for expatriates living in the Netherlands and has been in publication since 1998. The quarterly magazine guarantees high-quality and timely editorial content, articles and interviews covering a variety of topics such as Dutch culture, legal and financial issues, international education, expat management, housing and health care. Those of you who are considering building a new life in the Netherlands or are already settled here will surely benefit from the local knowledge we share through these articles. So feel free to browse through this archive and make yourself more familiar with the ins and outs of the Low Countries.

Access to Education and Other Children’s Rights

The right of a child to an education (Art 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child) is considered an important right. Without a doubt, with the right education, children are better prepared for their future. For students, a host of options – such as exchange programs or platforms for developing skills and … Continue reading "Access to Education and Other Children’s Rights"
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At Home in Dutchyland

It was the summer of 2001, when we moved to the Netherlands. So far, I had lived my entire life on a tiny Island in the Caribbean Sea. A tiny, hot Island. And then we moved here: Dutchieland. The land of the windmills, the wooden shoes, the tulips, the legal marijuana, the prostitutes and the …

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Burglaries – How to Avoid Them

This article was originally published in The XPat Journal Winter 2017 Issue A stranger who’s been through your stuff, who’s taken some of it with him and who has left a path of destruction in his wake. This can have quite an impact on your life. Be aware of the fact that most burglaries are committed … Continue reading "Burglaries – How to Avoid Them"
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Coming to the Netherlands as a Student

This article was originally published in The XPat Journal Spring 2018 Issue When coming to the Netherlands as a student, special immigration procedures apply. Which specific requirements are to be met depend on your nationality and the purpose of your stay. Some nationals need an entry visa plus residence permit, while other nationals only need a …

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Critical Tips for Buyers in a Seller’s Market

The Winter real estate market has been in full swing since a few seasons now, and across the country home inventory is low, demand is high, and sellers definitely have the advantage. No matter the experience level, any buyer in today’s market may find themselves stressed out and potentially disappointed if they …

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Eight Reasons to Draw Up a Will

This article was originally published in The XPat Journal Summer 2017 Issue   By Yolanda Bokhorst I am often asked whether it is really necessary to draw up a will. Isn’t everything already arranged in the law? And when it comes to international situations, don’t we have the European Inheritance Act? It is a mistake … Continue reading "Eight Reasons to Draw Up a Will"
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