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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.

DigiD

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, 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 process with peace of mind.

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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 Duch emergency services: police, fire brigade, and ambulance in one platform. Users can also grant the app access to their location so the emergency services can reach them faster.

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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 the annotation options, in addition to the classic type to translate.

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

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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 sorry.

Buienalarm

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, comes disturbances and delays, so the best way to be prepared is by being 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.

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

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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.

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

Marktplaats

Are you seeking an emerald-green lampshade from the late 50s? Or perhaps 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.

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Reclamefolder

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.

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Vinted

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 designated and well-loved platform. The finds can range from casual items to brand names, so each shopper can search for what’s suitable.

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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.

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SweatCoin

Do you walk a lot? Or maybe you aspire to, you 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.

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Stocard

Major Dutch stores throughout the Netherlands tend to offer a range of different loyalty programs. Stores from 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.

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While providing some of the most useful applications in the Netherlands, Jimble hopes these recommendations help smoothen the settling-in process. We hope the practical information from each, respectively, can assist in navigating your new environment and help save some time and money. Jimble invites you to explore the rest as we are sure they will impress.

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