Moving to the Netherlands? Find out what you need to arrange

Of course, if you are moving to the Netherlands, there is a lot to be arranged. Our checklist will help you on your way. Simply answer a few questions and put together your own to-do list. The extra information in the PDF will help you prepare for living in the Netherlands. You will also find some fun facts about the Netherlands and the Dutch. 

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Organising practical matters

  • It might not be the first thing you think of, but it is a good idea to register as soon as possible. Once you have done this, you can take care of everything else that needs to be arranged.
  • Of course, it makes sense to be properly insured in case anything happens. You will notice that the Dutch are known for being well-insured. For example, everyone has health insurance. 
  • Looking for work? Do you already have a job before arriving in the Netherlands, or are you or your partner are looking for work in the Netherlands?  Read our tips: Working in the Netherlands.
  • Do you plan to rent or buy a home? Or perhaps you will stay with friends or acquaintances temporarily when you first arrive? As an expat, there is plenty of choice. Also read our tips: Finding a home in the Netherlands.

What about your finances?

  • It makes sense to arrange your banking properly and quickly. After all, how would you get by without a Dutch bank account? Dutch people do most of their banking online and by using various apps. Check your other banking affairs.
  • It may take you a while to find an ATM, because cash payments are becoming increasingly rare. You can also easily pay online for your purchases in online stores. Of course paying by credit card is also popular. Read more tips about money matters in our article: Payments and cash withdrawals in the Netherlands.
  • It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the tax system. For example, you need to find out which country you must pay tax in, because no one wants to pay double taxes. 

Getting around

  • The Netherlands is a very small country with many inhabitants. And all those inhabitants are always on the move. Preferably on their Dutch bikes, of course, although public transport is also popular. If you want to drive yourself, you need to check carefully what has to be arranged. Read our tips in the article: Getting around in the Netherlands.
  • When you think of the Netherlands, you will probably think of clogs, tulips and windmills. You will really never be short of fun things to do, because there are plenty of interesting attractions and museums in this tiny country. 
  • Most expats (and most Dutch people) live in the Randstad conurbation. Would you like to get to know the Dutch? Of course you can get by with English, but if you speak the Dutch language, you will immediately make a fantastic impression.

Your own to-do list

You now know a little more about what you can expect now that you live (or are about to move to) the Netherlands. If you cannot wait to get started, complete the checklist now, answer a few questions and learn more about the (occasionally) odd and funny habits of the Dutch.

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