Immigration to Netherlands

Living and working in Netherlands

Windmills & Tulips field in Netherlands - Image by Siggy Nowak from Pixabay
Windmills & Tulips field in Netherlands

The Netherlands is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is the most densely populated country in the European Union. Over 40% of the total population live in  Randstad, the metropolitan area from the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Almost a third of the Netherlands is below sea level. In the fight against water, the Dutch have set up a water system made up of dikes, polders and weirs. The highest point measures just 323 meters. There are around 35,000 kilometers of cycle paths, lots of nature, museums, windmills and flower fields.

The population of Netherlands is around 17. 7 million in 2024.  Majority of the population in the Netherlands speak Dutch.  The second largest languages spoken are German and English. The Dutch are creative, open-minded and pragmatic. They are also very direct, honest and open in their dealings with others. The Dutch are known for their tolerant attitude.

The proportion of foreigners in the total population in the Netherlands was around 4.8%  in 2023. Nearly half of non-Dutch immigrants come to the Netherlands with their family or join someone who is already here. People came to the Netherlands for work-related reasons. Recent labour migrants mostly come from west European and other affluent countries such as the United States. Nearly half of immigrants from European countries come to Netherlands to work. Many asylum seekers from Iraq and Afghanistan have moved to the Netherlands along with their families.

The Following Factors Speak For An Immigration To The Netherlands

  • Very good for Women
  • Very good for Raising Kids
  • Very good for Green Living
  • Very good for Education
  • Highly respected Citizenship
  • High Quality of Life
  • Very Open for Business
  • Good Entrepreneurship
  • Good Cultural Influence
  • Good for Adventure

Traveling information

Flag of Netherlands - image by Pixabay
Flag of Netherlands

Depending on which country you are from, you may require a visa to visit Netherlands for tourism, study or work. Even if your country is exempted from a visa to the Netherlands, there are still some conditions to be met. There are no travel restrictions due to Corona Virus for travellers and immigrants to enter Netherlands in 2024.

For more travel advice for Netherlands on visas, requirements on travelling with pets, drugs etc., please visit: government.nl

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People of Netherlands

The Dutch are Germanic ethnic group in the Netherlands and they share a common ancestry and culture. They speak the Dutch language. There are 76.9% Dutch people in Netherlands and rest comes from other ethnic groups like Germans, Turkish, Moroccan, Indonesian, etc.

Local Dutch take great pride in their cultural heritage. The government bodies respect and take good care of their heritage as is evident in their paintings and monuments. People here are food lovers. Their cuisines are well known all over the world like, pancakes, spice cookies (fried and dusted with sugar), cheeses like Edam and Gouda made by Dutch people. Dutch are also known as the ancestors of GIN. They take part in Literature and performing arts like music, theatre and dramas. Dutch are also fond of sports and recreation. Dutch people are very adaptable, straightforward and honest. For more information on the people of the Netherlands,  refer to: britannica.com

Job offers in Netherlands

To get a job in the Netherlands, residence permit and work permit are required. Single permit is also advisable as it combines both the
permits into one. This can be issued for one to three years.  In some sectors there are continuous demands of qualified professionals like engineers, ICT specialists, innovative persons in creative industries, health care specialists.

Engineers: Netherland is a country which has a long tradition in high tech engineering, innovation and science. According to a survey this country has the second highest demand for engineers globally. Especially Mechanical or technical engineers are in demand here.

ICT Specialist: This country has a strong focus on high-tech industries, technological and social innovations. Well trained specialists in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are also in demand.  IT sector is the one of the fastest growing sector in here.

Creative Industries: Fashion designers, architects, DJ’s, authors, artists, illustrators and graphic designers are highly in demand in Netherlands. If you are one of them and want to start your career in creative industries, you can apply for work in Netherlands.

Healthcare specialists: Healthcare sector is one of the largest sectors in the Netherlands and it is growing as the population here is ageing and soon there will be a big gap between the demand in this sector and the number of employees to fill it.

Other occupations in demand are: Agriculture, Energy, Finance, Transport and Logistics. For more information please visit: nlalumni.nl

Unemployment rate

According to a survey report, Netherlands unemployment rate in October 2021 was approximately 2.9%, which is very low compared to the other European countries. The number fell down, from a month earlier, while employment rose high and rapidly. As a result the number of people claiming unemployment benefits declined. The manpower participation went up to a fresh peak in September’21.

For more information on the unemployment rate in the Netherlands, please visit: tradingeconomics.com

Economy of Netherlands

According to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Netherlands economy is the seventeenth largest in the world in 2021. Its GDP per capita was very high in previous years, which makes it one of the highest earning nations. Netherlands has had constant natural gas resources since last fifty-sixty years in the European Union. Over the years, the sale of natural gas generated a better rise in revenue for the Netherlands.

It has a prosperous and open economy and mostly depends on foreign trade.  This economy also depends on transportation, resource extraction and heavy industry. Netherlands’s economic freedom score is 76.8, making its economy the 16th freest in the 2021 index.

For more information on the Economy of the Netherlands,  visit: heritage.org

Renting and buying of real estates for foreigners in the Netherlands

If you are planning to move to the Netherlands, you might rent a property rather than buying it. Renting property here is common among both locals and expats. Prices for renting or buying apartments, detached or semi-detached homes, etc. may vary. According to a report, approx 40% of Dutch people rent their houses. Apartments and houses for rent are furnished, semi furnished and unfurnished.

Amsterdam, the capital has many immigrants, over 50% from abroad. It is considered a better place to stay, which reflects on the rental prices which are very high and comparatively expensive than other cities of the country.

Rotterdam, a city in South Holland, home for many companies like Unilever, Pfizer and Allianz has good rental prices but less expensive as the capital city and still costlier than other Dutch cities.

Other cities like Groningen and Hauge are also good for accommodation with less rental amount compared to the other cities in the Netherlands.

Buying a property is that you can call a place of your own. Owning a property is also cheaper in terms of monthly outlay. Before buying a property you should check your mortgage. If you want to settle down in this country then purchasing will be a good idea.

For more information on renting and buying property in Netherlands, visit: expatica.com

Climate of Netherlands

Netherlands has moderate maritime climate. This type of climate generally features cool summers and mild winters.

Spring in Netherlands starts from March and lasts up till the month of June. The average temperature is 9.5˚C.  Summer, here starts from the month of June and ends in the month of September. The average temperature is 17˚C.

Autumn starts from September, ends in the month of December. Average temperature is 10.6˚C. Winter starts on December 21st and ends in the first week f March. The average temperature during winter is 3.4˚C.

For more information on the climate of Netherlands, visit: iamexpat.nl

Languages

There are top 3 languages spoken in Netherlands, Dutch, Frisian and English. Dutch is the official language, spoken by 98% of the people in the Netherlands. The Netherlands also has a separate Dutch Sign Language, but it is still waiting for recognition and has a large number of users in the country. Between 90 to 93% of the total population are able to converse in English, 71% in German, 29% in French and 5% in Spanish.

For more information on the languages spoken in the Netherlands, visit: en.wikipedia.org

Traffic in Netherlands

Netherlands has one of the most dense road networks in the world, denser than Germany and France. Traffic is considered safe here. In each respect this places the country’s traffic in the top ten of the world for road safety, as far as data is available. The General maximum speed limit reduced to a time bound limit as from 6 o’clock in the morning till the 7 o’clock in the evening is 100km/h. From 7 o’clock in the evening till the 6 o’clock in the morning, it is allowed to speed till 130km/h on motorways containing traffic signs which permit that limit. You will also come across the cyclists while driving. Riding a bicycle is very common and convenient in the country. Renting a bicycle is an affordable option. You can also travel by public transport here.

For more information on the traffic rules in Netherlands, visit: en.wikipedia.org

Currency of Netherlands

Currency used in Netherlands is an EURO. A euro note comes in denominations like €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500, etc and coins in €1, €2, 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, and 50c cents. The Euro banknotes and coins were introduced in Netherlands on 1st January 2002. The Euro is the official currency of 19th of the 27th member states of the European Union. This group of states is known as the eurozone or euro area and includes more than 343 million citizens.

Payment Transaction:

Payments can be done by cash, cheque, debit/credit card or through online transaction depends on individual’s choice. The payment society in the Netherlands provides easy, stable and safe counter payments. The Dutch Payments Association closely follows and keep a track of innovations made in the payment system. If you’ve come from an European country and want to make payments here SEPA (Single Euro Payment Area) is useful as this makes transactions easy and feels no difference between a domestic payment and a euro payment from or to the other European Country.

For more information visit: betaalvereniging.nl

Apartment Rent in the Netherlands

Rent for one bedroom apartment in main city like Amsterdam will cost you €700 – €1200 for a studio apartment. Room in a shared apartment will cost you around €400 – €1100. For 1 BHK, 2 BHK, 2-3 BHK apartment/Houses, prices may vary according to individual’s choices.  Comparatively apartment outside main city of 1, 2, 3 BHK will cost you less than this. Staying in cities like Haarlem, Hilversum or Amstelveen is much cheaper than Amsterdam. Staying in the places like Groningen, Limburg and  Zeeland provinces are less expensive on the cost of accommodation.

For more information on apartment rents in the Netherlands, visit: dutchreview.com or rentola.com

Taxes system in Netherlands

Just like any other country, Dutch also have a taxation system and have to pay the tax on the regular basis. Higher earner can expect to pay substantial taxation on the salary upto 49.5%. However, individual’s personal situation, type of work, residency status, and other assets and earnings (earnings from abroad) will affect your situation accordingly. You must pay tax on income that you have earned during the whole year if you are a tax resident of Netherlands. Different rules apply to self-employment taxes in the Netherlands. If you are a Dutch resident and earning an income here then you will need to file a Dutch income tax return and pay taxes in this country.

For more information please visit: expatica.com

Health Insurance

Free medical treatment in the Netherlands depends on the Dutch Health insurance plan you choose. Public health insurance does not cover each and every treatment, such as physiotherapy and dental treatment. Private insurance policy is needed. The Netherlands’s healthcare system provides high-quality care and assures availability of English speaking doctors. Private or public both healthcare systems are available in the Netherlands.

For more information visit: expatica.com

Important addresses

Embassy of Ukraine
Zeestraat 78,
2518 AD Den Haag,
Netherlands
Ph: +31 70 362 6095
Website: https://netherlands.mfa.gov.ua/

Australian Embassy
Carnegielaan 4,
2517 KH Den Haag,
Netherlands
Ph: +31 70 310 8200
Website: https://netherlands.embassy.gov.au/

Embassy of the Republic of Poland
Alexanderstraat 25,
2514 JM Den Haag,
Netherlands
Ph: +31 70 799 0100
Website: https://www.gov.pl/web/holandia

Amsterdam Airport Schipol
Evert van de Beekstraat 202,
1118 CP Schiphol,
Netherlands
Ph: +31 20 794 0800
Website: https://www.schiphol.nl/nl/

Rotterdam The Hauge Airport
Rotterdam Airportplein 60,
3045 AP Rotterdam,
Netherlands
Ph: +31 10 446 3444
Website: https://www.rotterdamthehagueairport.nl/

Maastricht Aachen Airport
Vliegveldweg 90,
6199 AD Maastricht Airport,
Netherlands
Ph: +31 43 358 9898
Website: https://www.maa.nl/

Amsterdam Zuid (Subway Station)
Zuidplein,
1077 XV Amsterdam,
Netherlands

Heemstedestraat (Subway Station)
1062 KB Amsterdam,
Netherlands

Summary

The Netherlands is a country in Western Europe known for its flat landscapes, canals, windmills, tulips and cycling routes. It has a high quality of life with excellent healthcare, education and public services. Major cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht are popular but come with high cost of living. The culture is open and practical, and its values a good balance between work and life, fairness for everyone and caring for the environment. The people of Netherlands are generally welcoming and tolerant towards immigrants and foreigners. The country is known for its multicultural environment and openness to diversity. While experiences can vary many immigrants find the Dutch to be friendly and accepting.

Many people move to the Netherlands for job opportunities in technology, finance, agriculture, logistics and healthcare. Netherlands is a best option for retirees due to its peaceful environment and good healthcare. In summary Netherland’s welcoming and diverse society, combined with its strategic European location, makes it a great choice for anyone looking to relocate.

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