Moving to the Netherlands

Moving to the Netherlands?

This is what you need to arrange

Moving to a different country can be very exciting. Especially when you do not have to worry about all the things to be arranged. Our checklist will help you with that. Simply answer a few questions based on your personal preferences and put together your own to-do list. It also supplies you with some fun facts about the Netherlands and the Dutch.

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Practical matters

  • First things first, register. Once you have done this, you can take care of everything else that needs to be arranged. 
  • Make sure you have got the right insurances for your personal preferences, like health insurance. 
  • Where are you going to live? Read our article about Finding a home in the Netherlands.
  • Are you looking for a job or did you already find a job prior to your move? Read our tips in our article about Working in the Netherlands.


  • Get a Dutch bank account. This is the easiest way to arrange your banking properly and quickly.
  • Cash payments are becoming increasingly rare in the Netherlands. Read more tips about such money matters in our article: Payments and cash withdrawals in the Netherlands.
  • Familiarize yourself with the tax system, because no one wants to pay double taxes.

Getting around in the Netherlands

Preferably, the Dutch get around on their bikes. Although public transport is popular as well. Of course you can also drive yourself by car. Read our tips and find out what kind of transport suits you best in different types of situations.
Getting around in the Netherlands

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.

The information on this page is a brief explanation. You can not derive any rights from this.

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Mortgage calculator

Do you want to calculate your maximum mortgage? Enter your details and get instant information on your maximum mortgage or monthly payment. Even if you are self-employed or want to calculate your maximum mortgage with the National Mortgage Guarantee (NHG).

Open a Dutch bank account

  • Apply in our Mobile Banking app
  • Digital identification
  • Get your account number within 4 hours