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Living in the Netherlands

Welcome to the Netherlands. Living in a new country can be exciting, daunting and so much more. There is Dutch culture, and norms to understand; a language to learn and a country to discover. There will be the challenge of becoming familiar with the unfamiliar and making this, your home. Besides the practicalities of housing, schooling, working and going through the formalities, there is also the everyday aspects of making your life here. Beyond the practicalities there is also: your life in the Netherlands. This will take time, but is equally important to the settlement process. There are many expat, international clubs and associations to join, become a member of. There you can meet people with whom you have a shared experience, or language. There you will find other answers to the questions you have, and make friends. We would encourage you though, after the initial settling period, to also reach out to neighbours, join a local sports club, become involved in your local community. For this, too, will be a way of understanding and appreciating your host country. And, take a moment to learn a few Dutch phrases – it too will help.

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