Once again, we are happy to tell you that the annual update of The Holland Handbook is out and ready to be read!

It has been given a new look, with easy-to-read and entertaining infographics and fresh photographs, but has, of course, retained its familiar feel and trusted format. As always, The Holland Handbook has been expanded upon to reflect the latest political developments in the country, while it also includes topics that have gained in importance and relevance since the book first appeared, adapting to a new generation of foreign nationals, immigrants and students who have come to the Netherlands – either for a few months or for a longer period of time.

When you first come to the country, there are certain issues that you will have to take care of – such as permits, bank accounts, the citizen service number (burgerservicenummer), finding a place to live, and insurances. With this book in hand, you will either find the answers to your questions on these matters straight away, or be pointed in the right direction towards finding them.

However, The Holland Handbook goes beyond covering the very first steps you will be taking towards starting a life in the Netherlands; it also prepares you for what comes next, such as learning the language, getting to know your Dutch neighbors, celebrating life’s milestones and holidays the Dutch way, as well as perhaps more impactful issues, such as the healthcare system, the education system – ranging from pre-kindergarten to obtaining a Ph.D. – public transportation, legal problems, things to do in your free time, importing your car, having a baby, and much, much more.

But that is not all, for The Holland Handbook is a pleasure to the eye as well; it is chock-a-block with beautiful photographs, which will make this a book you will want to keep when and if you move to another country, as a reminder of how beautiful and unique the Netherlands is; as well as being a source of information for your family and friends who would like to know what it is like for you to be living here.

So be sure to visit Holland Books and order The Holland Handbook, as a manual, a photo book and a cultural guide on living in this green, canal-ridden, cow-dotted, yet urban and cosmopolitan country of friendly, stubborn, egalitarian, out-spoken people who, according to the World Happiness Report, are among the happiest people in the world – which they actually agree with: in the latest national poll, 90% of the Dutch rated themselves as happy!

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