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.

Lessons in Life

This article was originally published in The XPat Journal Spring 2017 Issue Working together to reach consensus is a key part of the Dutch psyche. No wonder then that even at school children learn all about making deals with their peers, writes DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe. As you read this, the Netherlands is about to go … Continue reading "Lessons in Life"
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Living and Working in the Netherlands?

This article was originally published in The XPat Journal Summer 2018 Issue When you move to the Netherlands, you are coming to live in a country that is widely-recognized for its excellent healthcare system. Over the past decade or so, the Netherlands has scored near the top in almost every ranking that compares European healthcare … Continue reading "Living and Working in the Netherlands?"
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Living Under the Dutch Umbrella

This article was originally published in The XPat Journal Autumn 2018 Issue By Stephanie Dijkstra The Dutch Social Security System If you legally reside and/or work in the Netherlands then, in principle, you are subject to the Dutch social security system. That is, unless you are exempt under EC Regulation 883/2004 or a bilateral social … Continue reading "Living Under the Dutch Umbrella"
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Mortgage, Liability and Marriage

By Yolanda Bokhorst You must be wondering: what’s the connection between the words in the title? I can assure you; more than you would expect. Allow me to explain. Home – Mortgage When you buy a house without having the amount of the purchase price, expenses and taxes in your bank account, you will need … Continue reading "Mortgage, Liability and Marriage"
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New Alimony Law as an Emancipation Tool for Women?

By Edith van Ruitenbeek On the 21st of May 2019, the Dutch parliament voted to review the law for spousal alimony, with the aim of limiting the period during which spousal alimony is paid out. According to the majority in Dutch parliament, now that society has changed, the old law is no longer adequate. The … Continue reading "New Alimony Law as an Emancipation Tool for Women?"
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Patchwork Family

By Yolanda Bokhorst ‘Patchwork families’ are families made up of parents and children, whereby one – or both – of the parents has brought in a child from a former relationship. Sometimes these parents also have joint children. Almost 10% of all families are patchwork families. And this is only expected to increase. The relations … Continue reading "Patchwork Family"
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