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Relocating to the Netherlands from the UK

By | Expats

Several years after Brexit, its effect on those relocating to the Netherlands from the UK can still be confusing. Moving to the Netherlands from the UK after Jan 1, 2021, without EU, EEA or Swiss nationality makes you a ‘third country national’. As an implication, relocating the UK to the Netherlands as a ‘third country national’ requires a residence permit.

Although the post-Brexit process may be more complicated, it is still an exciting adventure with many benefits. If you are considering relocating to the Netherlands for work, here’s what you can expect on your journey.

Preparing for the move

Depending on your case, you can get different types of visas through The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). If you are relocating as a skilled migrant to the Netherlands, your employer needs to be an IND a ‘recognised sponsor’. You can apply for a visa through IND at your local Dutch Embassy. For more information on what type of visa may apply to your case, you can visit the official IND website. As for your application process, you will need to provide various documents such as your marriage licence, or your birth certificate. 

Note During your immigration process, you may need to translate and legislate your documents. Thus, paying attention to the requested type of documents is crucial.

Once the application is approved and you arrive in the Netherlands, you must register at your local municipality (gemeente). Similar to a national insurance number, you will be assigned a citizen number (BSN), and receive your residence permit at an IND location. 

After immigration, finding housing will be the biggest task on your agenda. Due to the housing shortage, the Dutch housing market is competitive; therefore finding permanent housing takes time. When you arrive in the Netherlands, you may consider opting for temporary housing before you find your permanent home. Going into the house search process, consider prioritising your essential preferences, keep an open mind, and act fast and decisive. Once you have found the perfect house, congratulations, you are then an official resident in the Netherlands. You can now fully enjoy all the wonders the Netherlands has to offer!

Culture Shock

Aside from adapting to the smaller sizes of beer and the biking culture, moving from the UK to the Netherlands can be a tricky transition. It may take time to get used to the Dutch ways of life, but once you get accustomed, people often fall in love with the culture and the cities. The Dutch are famous for their English skills, which is an advantage for people coming from the UK. Almost everybody you encounter will speak English fluently which eliminates the language barrier and makes the transition for internationals smoother.

Dissimilar to British politeness, one thing you can anticipate about the Dutch is their directness. They often will not sugarcoat or use euphemisms. Instead, you can expect them to give full honesty, which most people appreciate. The Dutch are often praised for their work and life balance. Most employers will not demand over time, as the culture revolves around socialising after work. Employees value their time outside work and don’t often compromise on this.

In the following graph, a comparison of differently valued concepts in Dutch and UK work environments.

UK vs the Netherlands, source:

Cost of Living

Compared to the UK, the cost of living in the Netherlands varies depending on the city and area. Overall, the cost of living in the Netherlands is similar to the UK, but this is generally case-by-case.

For example, living in London will be much more expensive than living in Amsterdam. Living in other Dutch cities, or even out of the city centre can be more cost-effective. Many people will prefer finding housing outside major cities and commuting to work by public transportation.

Working in the Netherlands

Since unemployment rates are low in comparison to other EU countries, there are many job opportunities that do not require speaking Dutch; therefore the Netherlands presents much to British nationals looking to relocate.

There are different cases where a UK national might qualify to relocate to the Netherlands for work: as a highly skilled migrant, a self-employed person setting up a business, paid employment, an Intra Corporate Transferees permit (ICT), a European Blue Card, or a startup permit holder. To find out which category you fit into and what type of visa you need to apply for, you can visit the Dutch government website and fill out a questionnaire which provides the information specific to your case.  

Healthcare in the Netherlands 

The Dutch healthcare system is ranked among the best in the world. Taking out healthcare insurance is mandatory for all residents in the Netherlands. The type of insurance you need will depend on your employer and your needs. For more healthcare-related information for UK citizens coming to the Netherlands, you can also visit the UK government website.


Once you have found your housing and are done with the immigration process, you can now discover all the unique customs and traditions of the Netherlands. For example, the Dutch have a very egalitarian culture. They are highly tolerant of other cultures and value treating everyone as equals. This welcoming trait of the Dutch, combined with their English skills makes relocating to the Netherlands much more of a desirable and smooth experience. 

Most internationals will advise you to meet as many people as you can during your first week in the Netherlands. If you want to make friends during your stay, whether it is joining borrels (after-work drinks), or wearing orange on King’s Day, it is important to make an effort to socialise.

Although the procedure has become trickier since Brexit, relocating to the Netherlands from the UK is still an exciting opportunity that offers many benefits. The Netherlands offers a high quality of life that approaches work and socialising differently than the UK, but considering the common fancy for a good glass of beer and acclimating to the cloudy weather, British expats can find much joy in the Dutch way of life.

Get Support

If you have questions and are in need of assistance during your relocation process from the UK to the Netherlands, here at Jimble Destination Service Provider, we offer support through every step of your journey. Contact us to talk to one of our specialists, or visit our website to find out how we can help you have the best relocation experience.

The Beginner’s Guide to Immigration in the Netherlands

By | Expats

Dear Diary,

As the day of the move to the Netherlands, is getting closer, we are finally starting with the immigration process. I am very excited to start this journey, but I keep coming across words and terms I do not understand. Since this complicates and adds stress to our relocation journey, I think I need some guidance to understand what I need to do while immigrating to the Netherlands.

Are you relocating to the Netherlands for work and starting your immigration process? During this stage, you may easily get confused and overwhelmed by unfamiliar immigration terms. Understanding these terms is critical for relocating talent in order to make this transition effective and smooth.  If the description above applies to you, you can benefit from our beginner’s guide to immigration in the Netherlands. 

Applying for a visa 

To obtain a visa or a residence permit, you will apply through IND, The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (Immigratie en Naturalisatiedienst). The IND is the main organization that handles all immigration-related matters for those relocating to the Netherlands whether in worldwide embassies or in-country appointments.

For in-country immigration appointments, an IND appointment can be booked through an expat centre or at an IND office depending on the case. An expat centre will offer both immigration (IND) and local municipality services in one place. If applicable, appointments at an expat centre can be convenient for dealing with immigration.

Good to Know While applying for a visa you will often need to provide biometric data. This includes fingerprints, photos, and signatures.

Translation and the Apostille 

Be sure to pay attention to your immigration specialist while applying for your visa. If there is a need for an Apostille document or translations be sure to address it prior to making your move, if possible, as it can be cost-effective and faster if done before travelling to the Netherlands. 

Tip Be careful while visiting your new workspace before your registration is approved and you are work authorised. Consult your human resources department on whether you have permission beforehand.

After your visa registration 

When you apply for a visa in the Netherlands, you will be assigned a V-Number once your application has been received by IND. This is a crucial number that you will need to provide throughout your immigration process. The IND will provide your personalized V-Number in the original correspondence or approval letter. If you are immigrating with your family, the authorities will assign a unique number to each family member as well. When you eventually get your residence permit, the V-number will be on your card as well.

Until you receive your residence permit (verblijfsvergunning) or GVVA, combined residence and work permit (gecombineerde vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid), you might receive an MVV (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf) which is a provisional residence permit that allows you to enter the Netherlands as a potential resident until authorities approve your residence permit.

Local Registrations

One of the first things you need to do when you arrive in the Netherlands is to register with your local municipality (gemeente). A BSN number (Burgerservicenummer) will then be assigned to you. BSN is your citizen number needed for Dutch authorities and processes like insurance and child benefits.

At your local municipality, you will also be registered in the BRP (Basisregistratie Personen), the Personal Records Database. This database contains the personal data of the residents in the Netherlands, and various organizations like the Belastingdienst (Tax and Customs Administration) have access to it.

Once you have your BSN, then you can apply for a DigiD, a form of digital identification. DigiD enables you to access and manage government processes and information online. In addition, with your DigiD you can log in to MijnOverheid, where you can access personal data registered by authorities.

One important registration you are not required to but are advised to complete is registering at your local general practitioner’s office or GP practice (huisarts praktijk). Once you register, you can easily schedule appointments and visit your GP when you need medical assistance. After work hours or during the weekends you can visit huisartsenpost (out-of-hours GP service) for urgent (not emergency) health matters.

Living in the Netherlands 

If you are relocating to the Netherlands for work, you need to take out zorgverzekering (health insurance) to cover the costs of GP visits, hospital treatments, prescription medicines, etc. The type of insurance you need will depend on the organization you work for, thus it is a good idea to research prior to your arrival.

The Dutch government requires all residents to pay taxes. The Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst) handle all of your tax payments and details. Additionally, the Mijn Belastingdienst website allows you to organise your affairs and obtain information related to taxes. As a resident, you must pay municipal taxes, and the amount varies depending on your municipality. The most common municipal taxes required are the waste collection charge (afvalstoffenheffing) and the water board tax (waterschapsbelasting).

Tip For people relocating to the Netherlands with a pet, special rules apply. Refer to official information by the NVWA, the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit) for guidance.

Get Support

Relocating to the Netherlands for a new professional opportunity is an exciting journey with many twists and turns to navigate. Here at Jimble Destination Service Provider, we offer support through every step of your journey. Contact us to talk to one of our specialists, or visit our website to find out how we can help you have the best relocation experience.



6 Essential Relocation Services for the Netherlands

By | Expats

Dear Diary,

The decision is final, I finally got my dream job and we are moving abroad soon. I know it will be a hassle for my family and me, but it will be all worth it once we settle down and start our new life there. I now have so many questions. Where are we going to live? Which neighbourhood is the best for the children? Where will they go to school? Will my partner be happy with their new life? How long will it take to get our visas? So many questions, and so much to do, yet so little time. I wonder if I can get help on any of these topics. I want to make sure this adventure will be the best it can be for me and my loved ones.

Immigration Services

Prior to and upon your arrival in a new country, you can expect various tasks you need to complete through the government or the municipality. Such tasks would be visa and residence permit applications prior to your trip and receiving your citizen service number (BSN) and municipality registration after your arrival, and of course, preparing required documents along the way. 

By partnering with a relocation service provider, you can spend much less time on formalities as you would spend much less time on researching and preparing, and most importantly worrying about what you need to take care of.


For families relocating with children, the process becomes even more sensitive as the parents are concerned about where their children will continue with their education. Making such an important decision can be hard and confusing for the parents. Acquiring help would be wise for families, as the relocation service provider will do the crucial research and provide you with the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family including but not limited to educational system overviews and support in choosing the perfect school. 

Home Finding Services

As many big cities of the world now face a housing crisis, every year it becomes more and more difficult to find suitable and affordable houses, especially in a city you have never lived in before. Such a personal and sensitive task will be taking up most of your energy prior to your relocation, and even after in some cases. 

Out-sourcing help on such a time-consuming matter will help you focus on preparing for your trip and alleviate the stress about it throughout a process that can take a very long time. Home-finding services will tailor the search process to your precise needs and preferences, offering to find the optimal housing for you and quickening the process.  

Settling In Services

After your arrival, many unforeseen little issues may come up that can over-complicate your stay. As you move into your new home and neighbourhood, it can be hard to figure out how to handle taxes and utilities and find doctors and even handymen in your area. While helping you figure out daily complications, relocation services can also assist you as you adapt and learn the ‘way of life’ in a new environment.

Family and Pet Services

Many talents who relocate will bring along partners, children, and of course, pets. The transition process can be easier on the employee who is relocating as they will be focusing on starting work, but it can be harder on the family who come along. Relocation services can guide and assist partners in such hard times. 

For families with children, setting up children’s new lives require detailed research on for example language learning, daycare providers, and nannies. Relocation services will help you find the best places and professionals for your children to transition smoothly and continue their development. Last but not least, while finding housing in big cities like Amsterdam, it can often be more complicated to find a place that will allow pets and meet all of your pet-related preferences. Services will also help make this hard and long process much easier and quicker for you, allowing you to take all of your loved ones along on this journey.

Integration Services

Integration is a crucial factor in ensuring a high life quality when you relocate, and it is always helpful to outsource services to ease the process for you and your family. A new life in a strange new country often comes with stress, confusion, and isolation. Learning about the country’s customs and language will help you and your family acclimate to this new environment. Services such as cross-cultural training will help you cope with culture shock and adapt faster to your new work environment and build new connections. Overall, integration services will ensure your transition will be as smooth of an experience as possible, which in the long run will drastically improve your journey.

Get Support

Are you moving abroad and looking for more assistance? Here at Jimble Destination Service Provider, we can help you with any relocation issues you might have along the way. For more information get in touch and discover all corporate and employee relocation services. You can talk with one of our specialists to find the perfect relocation package for you!




Our Top Picks for Helpful Apps to Use in the Netherlands

By | Expats, Lifestyle

Smart devices are practically useless if we don’t make the most of them. Luckily, here in the Netherlands, whether you’re dealing with an official process with the municipality, or just shopping around for pillows, an app probably exists to guide you on your journey.


Starting with the most useful, having the DigiD app (short for Digital ID) can simplify a lot of governmental processes in the Netherlands. From taxes to educational forms, healthcare institutions—and even when managing pension funds—this simple app allows you to digitally identify yourself and proceed in your government-related processes with peace of mind.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here


In cases of emergencies, we call the authorities. But there’s an app for that in the Netherlands, and it allows non-Dutch speakers or English speakers, and individuals with hearing or visual impairments, to contact the Dutch emergency services: police, fire brigade, and ambulance, on one platform. Users can also grant the app access to their location so emergency services can reach them faster.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here

Google Translate

What if you’re faced with a train announcement in Dutch and are unsure what it means? Or maybe you’re already picking up some Dutch, but there’s a vegetable you’re trying to find at the store, and you’re not quite sure what the word for it is. That’s where Google Translate comes to the rescue, with its camera translation and annotation options in addition to the classic type of translation.

Tip Make sure to download the Dutch language pack for expansive use, even when offline.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here

Welcome to NL

Are you relocating to the Netherlands? Then this app is a must — it’s so well designed that we get slightly jealous talking about it.

Welcome to NL is a comprehensive relocation app that will be your guide you through the process of moving to the Netherlands as organized as possible. The app will outline all of the tasks you will need to complete prior to and upon your arrival so you know exactly what to do before moving to the Netherlands, when you arrive, and when you settle in.

To download the app, you must register your information to receive a customized download link via email.

Banking Apps

Having the option to manage your banking on the go is a must, and although the Netherlands isn’t exactly credit card friendly, the use of debit cards remains the most convenient throughout most of the country. Our preferred bank is ABN Amro (Apple | Android), but regardless of what bank you choose to complete transactions through in the Netherlands, make sure you have their app on your main screen.

Tip The Netherlands isn’t entirely cashless, so always carry some backup cash for when you hit local markets or small shops. It’s better to be safe than return empty-handed.


One thing to learn and accept about the Netherlands is that the weather is can be very unpredictable, all year round, think Snow in March unpredictable. With moody weather come disturbances and delays, so the best way to be prepared is to be informed. This is where we would recommend having a trusty weather app for the ever-changing weather. While it doesn’t guarantee 100% accuracy at all times, it is far better to be prepared in a waterproof jacket than sorry.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here 

Similar Apps to consider Buienradar (Apple | Android | Website)


Sure the Netherlands is known to be a flat and smallish country, but the ways to travel these flatlands are ever so versatile. From trains, buses, trams, and even ferries, with this app, you can plan your day’s journey ahead, from A to Z, using one method of public transport after the other.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here 

Similar Apps to consider NS (Apple | Android) GVB (Apple | Android)


Are you seeking an emerald-green lampshade from the late 1950s? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a way to get rid of your old mattress to make way for a new one. Whatever it is, in the used merchandise realm of the Netherlands, you’re sure to find it through Marktplaats.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here | Marktplaats Official website


General stores and supermarkets in the Netherlands roll out new deals on weekly basis. Instead of having to physically visit the store for their available deals, this app offers a one-stop shop to find out the latest (and greatest) deals at your local stores so you can snatch them bright and early each week.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here | Reclamefolder Official website


Operating in 15 EU countries, including the Netherlands, Vinted offers second-hand clothing shoppers and thrifters a chance to browse and offer items online through one well-loved platform. The finds can range from casual items to brand names, so each shopper can search for what’s suitable.

For Android devices download here | For Apple devices download here | Vinted Official website

Too Good To Go

Surprise food experiences? Check. A way to combat food waste? Check. It’s wholesome if you ask us; with offerings for meals, desserts, smoothies, and more, Too Good To Go is the app that offers you the chance to simultaneously accomplish both targets.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here


Do you walk a lot? Or maybe you aspire to but just lack the motivation. We’re in Amsterdam, so we do our fair share of walking, for sure. In a nutshell, this app pays you to walk in its own currency, and then you get to spend your earnings on goodies or even donate them to a cause of your choice. So go ahead, no more excuses; close those circles.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here


Major Dutch stores throughout the Netherlands tend to offer a range of different loyalty programmes. Stores like Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Kruidvat, Hema, Etos, IKEA, and more offer either a physical or digital format of their loyalty cards, but seriously, who has the wallet space (or phone storage) to carry all of those cards and apps? That’s where Stocard can help, as one app to store all of your loyalty cards for the next time you’re at the checkout.

For Apple devices download here | For Android devices download here

While providing some of the most useful applications in the Netherlands, we hope these recommendations help smooth the settling-in process, assist you in navigating your new environment, and help you save some time and money. If you have more settling-in questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us—Jimble, the experts in all things relocation related.




How to Spot and Stop scams in the Netherlands

By | Expats

Worldwide, scam methods have improved and become more sophisticated over time. What’s worse is that scammers can contact you through many channels these days, from texts, calls, emails, and mail to social media channels. Therefore, wherever you are, it’s important to recognize some of the signs of a scam so you can take the necessary action. 

In this post, we’ll address the different ways you can spot a scam while in the Netherlands and how to go about it through the proper channels.

The Four Signs of a Scam


  1. Scammers pretend to be from an organization you know

    Scammers will often contact you on behalf of governmental agencies like the police (politie), your local municipality (gemeente), My Government platform (MijnOverheid), and the tax authorities (belastingdienst) among others. 

    During the holiday season, when online shopping is popular, scammers may try to reach out to you as courier services, parcel deliverers, or bank representatives to verify purchases.


  2. Scammers claim there is an urgent problem

    Scammers will often approach you with an urgent claim and stories about how you’re in trouble or approaching or passing a deadline, offering to secure your fund or account information by verifying your citizen service number (BSN) or bank information.


  3. You’re pressured to act immediately

    Hoping you’ll act fast before you pause and think, scammers will go as far as threatening to arrest or sue you. If you’re on the phone with a scammer, they might stall and keep you from hanging up the phone before you provide personal details such as your BSN number, date of birth, or bank account number (IBAN).


  4. Scammers tell you to pay in a specific way

    Scammers will often insist you transfer funds through a specific method or money transfer service in order to secure the transaction with them.

Additional tips on how to spot scams

If an email claims to be from an official agency, business, or even someone at your work, always make sure to check the sender’s email address, not just their name, as that’s customizable. The email address should not include a free email service like Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail, for the email address that appears after the @ sign. The email address should correspond to the organization’s official website. 

Complete a quick Google search on the name of the organization attempting to contact you and look for their official website, email addresses, personnel, and phone number. To be extra secure, when in doubt, you can even call their official phone number for verification.

Always check for spelling and grammar errors as a tell-tale sign of fraudulent email. Additionally, use Google to research the person attempting to contact you, or the company name followed by the word ‘scam’ to see if anyone has reported any suspicious activities connected to those names or companies recently.

What should you do if you receive a scam call? 

  • If you receive a spam call, hang up and block the number. Authorities won’t call or text requesting personal info.
  • Don’t provide personal or financial information such as your BSN, bank account, etc. in response to an unexpected request. 
  • Never open attachments or click on links in emails or text messages if you’re unsure about the sender.
  • Resist the pressure to act immediately. Discuss with someone you trust and do your research before reacting.
  • Use different passwords for logging in to online services and set up two-factor authentication where possible as an extra layer of security.
  • Platform and process permitting, try to utilize your DigiD app as a secure method for logging in and setting up certain governmental processes.

What to do if you already shared information with scammers? 

It happens, and the best approach to this is to report the fraud as one should with any crime and as soon as possible. For the Netherlands, depending on the fraud you’ve experienced, you can report it to the following authorities:

The Central Reporting Center for Identity Fraud (CMI)
Fraud Helpdesk
Immigration-Related Fraud (IND)
Internet Scams | Filing a police report
Anonymous Report

If you’ve recently moved or planning to relocate to the Netherlands, don’t hesitate to contact us, your local destination service provider and global mobility partner as your local and friendly experts on everything relation related!

Sustainable Shopping in Amsterdam

By | Culture, Expats, Lifestyle

Amsterdam is one of those cities that actually make sustainable living effortless. From observing a ban on free plastic bags to combat plastic pollution to offering conscious shopping options in various neighborhoods, the city’s goal to actively engage residents with its overall sustainability plan is remarkable.

As an answer to the rising consumers’ demand for sustainable products and shopping formats, the city of Amsterdam steps up, offering creative and easy-to-adopt solutions that appeal to many. The most popular solutions include:

Zero-Waste Shops

Zero-waste shops across Amsterdam work with the concept of providing their goods to consumers in an eco-friendly manner.

The products offered at zero-waste shops are largely organic, locally sourced, and unpackaged. Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers to shop for bulk items or to use paper bags from the shop.

What’s great about this zero-waste concept is that it also nudges larger stores like Albert Heijn to think more sustainably. For example, earlier this year, the chain introduced packaging-free shopping at some locations, where customers could fill reusable bags or jars with loose products like pasta, tea, and nuts.

Did you know? Amsterdam restaurants are doing their part too! Before you make your next dinner plans, make sure to check out IAmsterdam’s list of sustainable and low-waste dining options available around the city.

Sustainable Clothing

Whether it’s in the form of buying second-hand clothes, investing in pieces that last longer, or purchasing clothing items made of upcycled material, Amsterdam offers it all.

Aside from having ethical and sustainable Dutch brands on the market, the widespread availability of pre-loved vintage clothing stores within Amsterdam is simply applause-worthy.

To top it all off, fashion startups in the capital have made it their mission to address this issue, launching initiatives and creating businesses that serve sustainability-conscious consumers.

Scotch & Soda, an Amsterdam-based turned global brand, is one example. In keeping with its mission, the company publishes an annual sustainability report highlighting major milestones.

Reusable Products

Cotton shopping bags, bamboo coffee cups, silicone baking mats, and reusable sandwich wraps, are all part of the fast-paced city living of Amsterdam.

The next time you’re at a cafe, don’t be shy to ask if using your own reusable cup is possible. Another good to know is that some local restaurants are partnered with Amsterdam-based SwapBox, a zero-waste reusable packaging service, so you can enjoy your next takeout order in their packaging at no cost to you!

Farm-to-Shelf Solutions

Amsterdam, among many things, is a market city, which not only enforces farm-to-shelf practices but also combats shop-enforced waste — because buying one plastic-wrapped bell pepper at the supermarket is questionable.

Additionally, shopping at markets directly supports workers, and gives you a chance to explore the local culture and include in-season ingredients in your diet.

If you’re new to Amsterdam, or an existing Amsterdammer, we hope you recognize and participate in the different eco-friendly aspects of this great city. And if you are considering this green city as the next destination for you, your family, or your business, don’t hesitate to contact us, your local destination service provider as the experts on everything related to moving to Amsterdam.


5 Reasons Why the Netherlands is a Good Place To Work

By | Corporate support, Expats

After living and working for 2 years, I think the Netherlands is a good place to work. Here are some reasons to consider working in the Netherlands :

1. Less Tax for Qualified Internationals

The 30% ruling is a tax advantage for highly skilled migrants who were hired abroad to work in the Netherlands. There is a list of criteria that you need to meet to be eligible for this tax advantage, such as the wages you will receive, your educational level, etc. You can find all of the information needed on how and when you qualify for the 30% ruling through the following link.

Basically, if all the conditions are met, you can receive up to 30% of your salary tax-free, which makes for a nice addition to any pay cheque every month, especially as Dutch tax rates are quite high.

2. Longer Holidays

The minimum number of vacation days for employees in the Netherlands is 20 days, but 25 days is considered the average, although many companies sometimes even offer more.

Some companies also offer ADV days, which were brought in by the Dutch government a long time ago as a way to create more employment. This meant employees got extra days of vacation, which allowed companies to hire more personnel. So research the number of holidays you will get before accepting a job offer.

For example, I once worked for one company that offered 27 vacation days and moved to another company where I got 40 days of vacation (including 13 ADV days) per year—and yes, these exclude public holidays!

3. Ideally Located for European Breaks

If you love to travel, the Netherlands is a great hub to explore what Europe has to offer. For example, if you live in Eindhoven and drive, it will take you approximately 2 hours to get to Cologne, Germany, 1 hour 50 minutes to Brussels, Belgium, 2 hours 45 minutes to Lille, France; and 3 hours to Luxembourg.

If you don’t have a car, that’s no problem, as Europe is also highly connected by train. Destinations from the Netherlands include the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, and many more. For example, you can get from Rotterdam to Paris in 2 hours and 40 minutes by train.

If you want to go further afield, there are many options to fly around the world with Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, one of the largest in Europe. Apart from Amsterdam, there are also airports in Eindhoven, Rotterdam, and Maastricht. If you are getting 40 holiday days, you will have plenty of time to explore new places every year.

4. Vibrant Community of Expats

There is a massive number of internationals in the Netherlands; therefore, it is highly likely that you will meet people from your home country. You can connect with communities through Facebook groups like expats in Eindhoven, Irish in Amsterdam, etc., join some local clubs, or go to exercise classes to meet new people.

If you are Irish, there are GAA clubs in Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Maastricht, and The Hague. These clubs take part in hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football tournaments, which are played in different countries around Europe as well, so get yourself signed up!

5. English is Widely Spoken

The Netherlands was ranked first for speaking English as a second languageIf you intend on staying for a short period of time and your job does not require Dutch, you can get away without learning the language for sure. But if you intend on staying long term, it’s good to start learning Dutch to integrate better with the locals.

This article was brought to you by our guest author, Lisa, an Irish international residing in the Netherlands since 2021. You can check out more of Lisa’s work and adventures through the Netherlands (and Europe) by visiting the Wanderer Lane blog. Lisa’s blog provides practical tips and tricks for living in the Netherlands and traveling through Europe.

Should you decide to take the pledge and join the massive community of internationals living and working in the Netherlands, contact us; your local relocation experts. We promise to make your relocation easy.

Dutch cities for work

Our Top 5 Best Cities to Work in the Netherlands

By | Expats

The Netherlands is becoming more and more one of the top destinations for internationals, and this comes as no surprise when you think that the Netherlands is ranked #5 of the happiest countries in the world in 2021, according to Forbes.

Quality of life, work-life balance as well as the presence of many international companies that choose the Netherlands as their European headquarters, are some of the reasons why this country has become such a popular destination for expats. 

Here you can find the top 5 Dutch cities to work in as an expat, as well as which industries are the most prominent in each city.

The Dutch capital is known for its diverse and multicultural ambiance, and it attracts a lot of international talent as it hosts a significant number of international companies.

Amsterdam for workNetflix, Tesla Motors, and Adidas are only a few of the major multinational companies that are headquartered in Amsterdam. If you are planning to relocate to Amsterdam but you don’t speak fluent Dutch, it should not be a problem to find a job there, as many of these multinationals usually seek to hire a highly-skilled, multilingual workforce from different foreign countries in order to cover several markets. Another advantage that Amsterdam has to offer is its proximity to Schiphol airport, one of the largest airports worldwide, which makes Amsterdam highly accessible no matter where you are coming from.

Rotterdam for work

Known for its unique modern architecture and urbanism, Rotterdam is the second biggest city in the Netherlands and it is home to Europe’s largest seaport, which makes this city highly accessible as well. Like in Amsterdam, knowledge of Dutch is not always a requirement for working in Rotterdam, due to its diverse and cosmopolitan nature. The most prominent industries are shipping, trade, logistics, and [green] energy.

the Hague for workThe Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands and it is known as the administrative and royal capital of the country. The Dutch parliament, the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and many other international organizations as well as embassies are seated in the Hague, making the city the political heart of the Netherlands. That being said, there are many employment opportunities especially within diplomacy and international affairs.

Eindhoven for workEindhoven is placed among the top destinations on global investors’ target lists due to its large presence in growing industries such as education, tech, and life sciences. From the small village that it was in the past, Eindhoven has now been transformed into a huge industrial site, where many factories, tech companies and start-ups are located. If you are interested in an IT or engineering career, your chances of finding employment in Eindhoven are many!

5. Utrecht

Utrecht for workOnly 20 minutes away from Amsterdam, Utrecht is an impressive, picturesque city, with unique beauty and a very pleasant atmosphere. The Utrecht Sustainability Institute is responsible for sustainable development, renewable energy and circular economy systems, which makes the city a desirable destination for anyone seeking a career in sustainable development.

The Netherlands is a hub for innovation, it has an advantageous location, and many international firms choose it as their European headquarters. While Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, Eindhoven, and Utrecht are some of the top cities to work in, there are other Dutch cities that are equally attractive and offer many career opportunities, such as Arnhem and Wageningen. 

At Jimble, we are specialized in Talent Mobility and we have supported thousands of expats to relocate to the Netherlands. Head over to our contact page and schedule an appointment with one of our skilled experts to discuss all your questions extensively.

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Should Documents Be Translated as Part of a Relocation?

By | Expats, Traveling

When traveling, one must issue a verified translation of any of the supporting documents that aren’t in English or the official language of their destination country.

Some of the most common documents that require a translation prior to traveling to a different country include:

  • Birth Certificates (the most known document that requires translation.)
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Divorce Decrees (if you have been married in the past.)
  • Police reports
  • Bank statements

In this guide, we will talk about everything you need to know concerning getting immigration documents, how to translate them, the translation fees, and who is certified to translate the papers. 

Who’s Qualified To Translate a Foreign-Language Paper into English (or any preferred language)?

If a person finds themselves skilled in English and the paper’s primary language, e.g. Chinese, they can act as the translator in some cases.

If by any chance you’re a multilingual person and you attempt to translate your travel documents on your own, you’ll realize that it actually takes a lot of time and effort to research some of the terms and what their exact translations are in the target language. Even so, you may actually end up needing your documents to be retranslated by a company that offers professional translation services because most government agencies across the globe might not accept documents that are translated by unauthorized personnel. 

Therefore, it’s always good to seek assistance from an expert who offers translation services, a friend, or a relative with such expertise to avoid any hindrances or challenges with any of your legal document translations.

Other U.S. delegates and embassies also restrict admissible translators to specific agencies. Ensure you confirm particular demands of the U.S. embassy in your region before commissioning a service.

How Much Would a Translation Cost?

Suppose you lack a friend or a close person who is qualified to perform your translations without charges. In that case, prices will vary per location, service agent, the number of papers, and how complicated the documents are.

Tip It is sometimes easier and more cost-efficient to translate documents in their country of origin. Always check the fee estimations before deciding whether to translate before your move or after.

Understanding More About Certification

When you make arrangements to travel to a foreign nation, you may have to present essential papers showing personal information and data about your trip to the authorities of that country. Consequently, related documents must be in the official language of the host country where you‘re targeting your relocation. If this is not the case, you will have to get your papers translated and afterward authenticated.

For a paper to be classified as verified, the individual or agency responsible for the translation must also provide a formal letter indicating the following;

  • They are competent in translating the paper as they’re skilled in English (or X language) and the documents’ first dialect.
  • That they translated the document perfectly and wholly to the best of their capacities.

The letter should also contain the following data concerning the translator:

  1. Full name
  2. Address
  3. Signature
  4. The date the letter was issued 

In addition to the information included in the letter, the translated papers must also be authenticated to warrant their efficiency and reliability. 

In Conclusion

Please note that it’s generally considered improper to translate your own documents. A conflict of interest may arise that could impact the information translated. On the other hand, most government agencies need you to provide a translation conducted by a sworn translator who is authorized to certify your documents. Even if you’re a sworn translator, you can’t submit translations of your own documents due to a possible conflict of interest.


Language and Cultural Training for Expat Employees

By | Corporate support, Culture, Expats

Adapting to a new environment can be difficult. You might be moving to the Netherlands with family, alone or maybe you are even moving to another country or overseas for work, it can be a very daunting prospect. However, being prepared will give you the highest chance of intercultural competence which will, in turn, result in a successful relocation.

A study was conducted on the effects of language barriers and cultural shock on the performance of expats in organizations and 67% of the respondents reported that miscommunication and confusion due to cultural differences and language b barriers created inefficiencies in the organization. 40% further stated that all this affected collaboration. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to help you or your company eliminate some of these barriers when it comes to relocating.

The importance of language and culture training for expats

Language and culture training will help minimize some of the challenges described above. It’s also more than just a solution for expatriates, it also poses many benefits for organizations, such as diversifying their skill set.

Cultural training is very important in terms of cultural integration. Even a little grasp of the local Dutch language can play a significant role in helping you get oriented and understand the new culture and your surroundings. We highly recommend people relocating to the Netherlands or any other country to have language and cultural training. Below are 3 steps to help you get started:

1. Assess your cultural and language needs

You need to have an idea of how fluent you are in the new local language, and how fluent you want to be. Cross-cultural training mostly includes a comprehensive language and cross-cultural assessment which will inform the level and content of your training course, a program that will specifically be designed for your needs, and a personalized progress report that reveals how far you’ve come.

In most cases, companies that offer cross-cultural and language learning services will also have other services that are related to international relocation such as translation. It’s not everyone that will have a basic understanding of the new local language and for such reasons, it’s best to seek help from professionals when it comes to translating your legal documents.

2. Learning strategy

Once you have an idea of your language and cultural training needs, you can then go ahead and pair them up with a solution that’ll work best for you. There are two options available:

  • Cultural training and language learning as an employee benefit: This would be good for organizations that recognize the essence of cultural training for their employees, but don’t necessarily require them to do so.
  • Formal language training: This model works best for companies with specific goals that require knowledge of the new local language. For instance, companies that are strategically expanding into new markets abroad.

 3. Finding the right solution

Essentially, there are two options when it comes to cultural and language training. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and the ‘right’ option will largely depend on your desired strategy and needs. The two options are online learning and face-to-face learning.

Face-to-face learning is mostly known as the most effective way to learn due to some of the advantages it comes with such as body language, smiles, and posture that help with communication. These can influence how one’s intentions and speech are perceived. The other benefit it comes with is that there are no delays or lags or any technical interruptions when learning. On the other side of the coin, the programs tend to be a bit pricier than online training programs. There is also a lack of flexibility in terms of location and time.

Online learning relatively makes it much easier for fresh expats to learn the basics of a language, culture, or even conversational phrases. The great thing is that they can also be easily accessible from anywhere, at any time. This would be very ideal for people with busy schedules or people who like things to move at their own pace. There’s so much flexibility when it comes to location and scheduling the training sessions. However, as previously mentioned, sometimes they do come with technological issues such as lag, internet connectivity issues, etc.

For expats, the factors of cultural shock and language barriers should be considered as a factor in their relocation. As much as cultural training is important, language plays a significant role when it comes to cultural integration. When abroad, one may feel lost and baffled by many new things to learn. As such, at Jimble, we always do our best to try and ensure that you have the smoothest move and settle in well when you relocate.

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