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.

Payroll Umbrella Services

“Under my umbrella” are the well-known lyrics of a song, and the meaning of the song is similar to what is offered by payroll umbrella services. When you choose to use umbrella services, you are sheltered from all the rain which consists of employment contracts, tax issues, take-home amounts, and all other mandatory requirements like … Continue reading "Payroll Umbrella Services"
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Private Education

In February, DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe became Dutch. Not because she wanted to or because she felt that the time was right. She became Dutch because of Brexit. I am, immigration department figures show, one of hundreds of British nationals who are taking Dutch nationality in response to Britain’s crazed decision to leave the EU. … Continue reading "Private Education"
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Registered Partnership or Marriage?

This article was originally published in The XPat Journal Autumn 2017 Issue By Yolanda Bokhorst Many people who have found the love of their life want to formalize this bond. In the Netherlands, there are various options available for those who want do this; one of these is the registered partnership. The question arises, however, … Continue reading "Registered Partnership or Marriage?"
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Rotterdam International Secondary School (RISS)

A Remarkable School Indeed!   During 30 years of RISS, starting as a small department within the Wolfert Bilingual School, we have grown to become a symbol of Rotterdam’s growth, international importance and multicultural awareness. We serve the expat community that comes to Rotterdam to work and that is seeking quality education for their children. … Continue reading "Rotterdam International Secondary School (RISS)"
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So You’re Pregnant…

This article was originally published in The XPat Journal June 2017 Issue   Congratulations! There are many myths and legends surrounding pregnancy and child birth in the Netherlands. Here we deal with a number of them. TRUTH or MYTH? I will have to give birth at home. Myth. Being the no-nonsense, medical-issues-are-merely-a-blip-on-the-road people they are, … Continue reading "So You’re Pregnant…"
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Step-by-Step Buyer’s Guide – When Buying a House

This article was originally published in The XPat Journal Winter 2017 Issue It would be nice if the process of buying a house were simply a matter of “yes, I would like that one” and handing over your credit card. Though this may be the case for the top 1% wealthiest people in the world, the … Continue reading "Step-by-Step Buyer’s Guide – When Buying a House"
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