Get ready for the 15th ‘I am not a tourist’ expat fair in Amsterdam

Get ready for the 15th ‘I am not a tourist’ expat fair in Amsterdam

Sunday 8th October 2017 sees the 15th edition of Amsterdam’s renowned 'I am not a tourist' Expat Fair. Come to the stunning Beurs van Berlage in the heart of Amsterdam to explore what the Netherlands has to offer you! Every year we give you the chance to take part in engaging and useful workshops, mingle with thousands of fellow internationals and network with companies from across the country in what has become the largest expat focussed event in the Netherlands. And, what’s more, it’s free! Get your complimentary ticket right here! Whether you have just moved to Holland, are a long-term resident, or a digital nomad the 'I am not a tourist' Expat Fair promises everything you need to know about living, working and enjoying your time here. This year’s fair will be the biggest yet; offering more than 3,000 expats the chance to talk with professionals from diverse industries and explore a wide variety of social clubs, volunteering and entrepreneurial opportunities. We have over 125 exhibitors and 40 professional presentations arranged around the themes of Relocation, Finance, Jobs for Expats, Families, Healthcare, Education, Transport, Housing and Setting Up Home. Our venue the Beurs van Berlage is a spacious, welcoming place with room for the many exhibitors, workshop spaces, a grand main stage for presentations, and on-site childcare. Don’t miss this unique, one-day only event which allows you time to enjoy great food and entertainment while getting the best tips, tricks, and insider secrets from your fellow expats. The highlights of which we have condensed for you in our very own Expat Survival Guide! Jobs for Expats We have a special theme at this year’s fair: 'Jobs for Expats'. The theme is designed for visitors who are pursuing an international career in the Netherlands. Employers, experts and recruiters will be on hand to help expats wishing to build a professional network, continue their education, pursue their career or succeed as an entrepreneur. It’s designed to be much more than just a career event. Follow the carefully placed signs and fair floor plan to discover the employment stands at the event. There will be experts ready to answer your career-related questions and exhibitors ready to help with your recruitment queries. Grasp strategic networking moments and mingle with specialists from major industries. Find everything you need to succeed in the Dutch job market under one roof at the Expat Fair. Time to get in touch with all things Dutch Whatever your question, from ‘How do I set up a bank account and do my taxes?’ to ‘What is the best childcare, school or university for my child?’ the “I am not a tourist” fair can point you in the right direction. Both settled expats and new arrivals can find out about study, clubs and cultural activities. There will be interesting live performances and presentations, for all ages, on the main stage. Our extensive program also includes a variety of workshops to help you integrate into life in the Netherlands. For families with children, the Expat Fair has a dedicated kids’ area managed by childcare professionals, Hestia Kinderopvang. Whether you have lived in the Netherlands for days, months, years, or are yet to move - you are not a tourist! So make sure you keep Sunday 8th October 2017 free! Places are limited so book your FREE ticket online now to avoid missing out!  More >

The Netherlands: a tale of two governments

The Netherlands: a tale of two governments The longer the process to form a new coalition takes place, the more the Netherlands is becoming a country run by two governments with a shared prime minister, writes Gordon Darroch During the 1950s the Netherlands was famous for having two foreign ministers. When asked to explain this curious situation, one of them, Joseph Luns, is said to have quipped: Als klein land heeft Nederland heel veel buitenland. ('As a small country, the Netherlands has a great deal of foreign parts'). That the Dutch have become more inward-looking in recent years is reflected in the fact that the country currently has two governments, both concerned mainly with domestic issues and conjoined by a shared prime minister, Mark Rutte. On the one flank there is Rutte-II, the partnership forged in adversity of the right-wing Liberals (VVD) and centre-left Labour party (PvdA). It drove through a package of reforms to lift the economy out of the mire of the banking crisis, but at the cost of the near-annihilation...  More >

Podcast: The Game Show Finger Edition

DutchNews podcast – The Twitchy Game Show Finger Edition – Week 37 While storms ravaged the Dutch coast and Sint-Maarten continued to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the coalition talks remained stuck in the doldrums on the eve of Prinsjesdag – or 'Budget Day' as we're fond of calling it. This week's podcast gives you the lowdown on the history, horses and hats that make up the ceremonial opening of the Parliamentary year. We also tell you about a woman who lost €147 when she was caught short in Amsterdam and a man who lost €5 million when his nerves got the better of him on live TV, and explain why neither the prime minister nor the Dutch flower trade are as romantic as they might seem. In this podcast we said the record for the longest cabinet was held by the Den Uyl cabinet of 1977. We did, of course, mean the Van Agt cabinet of 1977, which took office after Joop den Uyl had tried unsuccessfully to form a government. Click here if you'd like to donate to the Red Cross Hurricane Irma appeal Nederland helpt Sint-Maarten Top...  More >

Our favourite summer photos

Summer in the Netherlands: our favourite readers’ photos We asked our readers to send us their favourite summer photos in the Netherlands. We got lots of great photos from far and wide but we had to narrow down our favourites to pick the winner, who gets two tickets to MUST. You can see all of the photos that were submitted on our Facebook page. A post shared by Dutch News (@dutchnewsnl) on Sep 11, 2017 at 6:15am PDT A summer terrace - Stepan Khachatryan A post shared by Dutch News (@dutchnewsnl) on Sep 11, 2017 at 6:46am PDT One happy couple - Jaileen Jasleen A post shared by Dutch News (@dutchnewsnl) on Sep 11, 2017 at 5:36am PDT Local wildlife in Zuid-Kennemerland National Park - Karolina Kasperek A post shared by Dutch News (@dutchnewsnl) on Sep 11, 2017 at 5:25am PDT The Pooping Man in Flevoland - Marko Markov A post shared by Dutch News (@dutchnewsnl) on Aug 29, 2017 at 5:21am PDT What's a Dutch summer without rain? - Hanneke Sanou A post shared by Dutch News (@dutchnewsnl)...  More >

Forget savings accounts: Buy-to-let

Forget savings accounts: Buy-to-let is catching on in the Netherlands With interest rates at record lows – making the return on savings minimal – investing in property to rent out is becoming increasingly popular. Buy-to-let has been big business in Britain but is now catching on in the Netherlands as well. ‘A buy-to-let mortgage is intended specifically for someone who wants to buy residential property to rent out,’ says Ralf van Arkel, of Expat Mortgages. ‘For expats who have the financial means, it's a great way to invest their savings and enjoy extra, tax-free income in the form of rent.’ Buy-to-let mortgages were out of favour in the Netherlands for years but in 2015 the tide began to turn. Expat Mortgages, which specialises in helping expats find a mortgage, has now introduced a special unit Expat Buy2Let, specifically to help international workers looking for an alternative to banks to put their money. ‘Given the incredibly low interest rates right now, it is a much more lucrative thing to do than putting money in a savings...  More >

'Imagine what Anne Frank went through'

‘Everyone should try and get their head around what Anne Frank went through’ British national Paul Brown has considered himself a Hagenaar for 26 years, eats his herring without bread and pickles and raves about Dutch beaches. Single with one son, Paul is the director of financial advice group Blacktower. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I moved to the Netherlands in the early 1990s for work. I was working in financial services in London, there was a recession in the UK and someone told me about the exciting market working with expats overseas. I wanted to go to Hong Kong. However, the company I had an interview with sent me to Holland instead. I was peed off, but it was a job. I stayed with that firm for a while before joining another firm where I became a partner. Subsequently, in June 1996 I started my own firm, which eventually merged with Blacktower in 2014. How do you describe yourself - an expat, lovepat, immigrant, international etc? I'd say that I am an international because although I live here, I travel a lot. Technically I suppose I am...  More >

There's more to NL than the Wilhelmus

Dutch national identity goes further than singing the Wilhelmus National identity is about more than the national anthem, writes Kim Putters, head of the government's social policy advisory body SCP. This summer the search for what constitutes the Dutch identity took centre stage once again. A rumour about including the national anthem in the school curriculum as part of the next government's policy programme got tongues wagging. Opponents responded by protesting that the Dutch colonial past should be given more priority. It never ceases to amaze me how any discussion about what does or does not belong to the national identity becomes mired in whataboutery. Our children should be taught about the Wilhelmus as well as our colonial past, but they should be taught much more than that. In my opinion, this trade-off of historical achievements represents an insidious and broader erosion of historical and cultural awareness. The arts and culture ceased to be a priority for the Dutch years ago. When the SCP asks people what the government...  More >

Podcast: The Suicidal Kleptocat Edition

DutchNews podcast – The Suicidal Kleptocat Edition – Week 36 The podcast team wraps up a busy week in the news that included Hurricane Irma, a ban on sugary drinks in schools, a controversy over a suicide drug and a cat that's been nicking knickers from its neighbours. We also discuss the likely impact of the court judgment that required the caretaker government to come up with new plans to tackle air pollution. Top story Hurricane Irma devastates Dutch Caribbean islands News No budget debate this year (NOS, Dutch) Suicide powder boosts membership of assisted dying club Immigrants told to take extra integration tests Sugary soft drinks banned from sale in schools Passengers spending less money at Schiphol Lost wartime letters reunited with owner Sebas the jatkat can't stop stealing from neighbours' houses Sport Dutch hopes of qualifying for World Cup hang by a thread Discussion Dutch state has two weeks to produce clean air plan, court rules Netherlands latest EU country to be told to improve...  More >

The Netherlands' top 10 largest companies

Banks, bulbs, beer and oil: The 10 largest Dutch companies Annual revenue is usually the main yardstick in judging corporate size. In the Netherlands, however, another standard has to be applied: Dutchness. Many large global companies are domiciled in the Netherlands through a shell or letterbox construction, but their presence in the domestic market is much smaller than the figures suggest. Chief among them is LyondellBasell Industries, a multinational chemical company with American and European roots, incorporated in the Netherlands and based in Rotterdam. However, its US headquarters are in Houston and its global operations are run from in London. We say it ain't Dutch enough. The same goes for EADS, the parent of European aerospace group Airbus. EADS Is headquartered in Leiden, but its very substantial operations are elsewhere in Europe. That has the distinct clatter of the letterbox, so we've discounted it too. And with the current global takeover mania just warming up, who knows how many of the companies on our list will remain...  More >

Climb Kilimanjaro to help War Child

Looking for a new challenge? Climb Kilimanjaro, raise cash for War Child Dutch aid group War Child is looking for internationals with a taste of adventure to join the Kili Challenge - to climb mount Kilimanjaro and collect as much money as they possibly can to save children affected by war. If you love adventure and change, you will definitely enjoy the Kili-Challenge offered to you by War Child. You are invited to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and while you’re at it, collect as much money as you can to help children living in war zones around the globe. You will pay for your own trip, and War Child will challenge you to raise that sum by at least € 2,400 through sponsorships. To make sure you are perfectly ready to climb Africa’s highest mountain (5,895 metres) not only physically, but mentally as well, War Child is offering you an inspiring programme. This month we are organising the first out of at least three get-togethers. We will help you collect funds and make sure you are physically ready (think a weekend training in the Belgian Ardennes). Friends 'In...  More >

Top tips for getting your ideal apartment

5 great tips on how to get a prospective landlord to pick you over other hopefuls If you are looking to rent a private property, you will have to be accepted by the landlord of the property. So how do you make sure he or she picks you, rather than the others queuing up to view? At a time where housing is in short supply, and every available space will have a number of keen tenants lining up, here are some ways in which you can stand out and persuade the landlord that you will be the right person to let the property to. How? Be prepared, be professional and be polite. Tip 1: Make a great first impression When going to view a property, or even when going to an open house viewing, make sure you come across well. Wear smart clothing, look neat, clean and respectable. If you think of it as a job interview, you won’t go far wrong. Also, make sure you arrive on time if a time has been agreed, don’t stand outside smoking while you wait, and make sure you put your phone on silent before the visit. Tip 2: Paperwork Check if the advert stated anything about bringing...  More >