Peuterspeelzaal

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands – Part 3: Peuterspeelzaal (Playgroup)

Doesn't your child go to a crèche or day care? But does he/she starts to get the age that interacting with other children may be important for him or her? Then it might be a good idea to bring your toddler to a "peuterspeelzaal". Peuterspeelzaal A…
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Dutch jobless total rose in December 2014

The number of jobless people in the Netherlands rose by 12,000 in December 2014, the first increase since May 2014, the national statistics office CBS said last Thursday, January 22, 2015. The increase takes the Dutch unemployment total…
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Looking for a house in the Netherlands: you’re not doing it right

You are in the Netherlands. Great! You are one step from realizing all your dreams! Well, you think you are but I’ll not be the one to tell you that actually you’re (so) wrong. Anyway, now that you’re here, you probably need to find…
Gunman storms Dutch television studio demanding airtime (Photo: Rick van den Berg)

Gunman storms Dutch television studio demanding airtime

Yesterday evening a gunman claiming to represent a "hacker collective" stormed the TV studio of Dutch national broadcaster NOS in Hilversum and demanded airtime, before he was arrested by police. No-one was hurt and no shots were fired during…
Geluksroute Haarlem
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expatsHaarlem participates in the Geluksroute / Happiness Route Haarlem

“Happiness is only real, when shared” – Christopher McCandless (Into the wild) Share what makes you happy and so spread happiness. Because happiness always brings more happiness. This is the idea and ideal behind the Geluksroute/Happiness…
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Energy label mandatory for all properties in the Netherlands – And this time they really mean it!!

Actually, in 2008 it was already mandatory but, as it was rather complicated and no one was checking if you had it or not, everyone sort of agreed to ignore it!  However: From 1 January 2015 all properties in the Netherlands need an…
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Prostate screening would save 300 lives a year

A two-yearly prostate cancer test for men would save 300 lives a year, according to European research led by Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The best results would be obtained with men aged aged 55-59. Every year, 2,400 men die from prostate…
A Single Life
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Dutch short animated film A Single Life wins Oscar nomination (+ trailer)

The Dutch short animation film A Single Life has been nominated for an Oscar. A Single Life, directed by Joris Oprins, is about a girl called Pia who plays a mysterious vinyl single. When playing the mysterious single, Pia is suddenly able…
Shot fired at Botermarkt in Haarlem (Photo: HFV/Michel van Bergen)
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Shot fired at Botermarkt in Haarlem

Yesterday afternoon: a shot fired in the middle of the day in Haarlem center. My kids and I were by accident at the arrestation place around the arrestation moment. Scary moment. [Update 17:45 h.] - Monday afternoon around 15:00 on the…
xH Events Febr 15

expatsHaarlem's upcoming events

Bye January, hello February.. Curious about the events we organise in the upcoming month? Check our events page then! More dates might be added but so far the schedule is as below:    ADULTS - 6 February: Wine, wine, good…
Amsterdam’s Light Festival(Photo: vandaagopstap.nl)
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Video: Amsterdam’s Light Festival in time lapse

Amsterdam’s canals and city centre squares were once again full of light sculptures and installations for the annual Light Festival. A festival spokesman told the Telegraaf that ‘Light festivals are flourishing, not just in Amsterdam, but…
Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015
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Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015

As of 2015 a number of tax benefits regarding the cost for your children have disappeared.  Which benefits are gone? compensation single parents, changes in child related budget. Which benefits are gone? * Single parent credit (Alleenstaande…
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Euro Bridges appear in the Netherlands

Whether you realize it or not, all of the architecture on the Euro banknotes is fake. In 2002 Austrian Robert Kalin designed bridges for the bills that were intended to represent periods in time such as Baroque, Classical, Gothic, Romanesque,…
Number of expats in Haarlem above national average
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Number of expats in Haarlem above national average

Most expats live in the Randstad and around university towns. This results from a first exploration of the CBS (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek). LocalFocus put in a row the share of foreign-born workers with high wages compared to the…
Expat wife picture: Recognisable or not?

Expat wife picture: Recognisable or not?

I found this pic on the web. And was wondering: is this recognisable to you or not?
Wat een happening was dat! En wat is onze stad toch mooi!
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Serious Request - Glazen huis Haarlem 2014 the Aftermovie

Serious Request 2014 in Haarlem: Wat een happening was dat! En wat is onze stad toch mooi!. Hieronder "the Aftermovie".
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The energy label is mandatory! (from 01 januari 2015)

What is an energy label? An energy label shows how energy efficient your home is. For example, there is information about your floor insulation, Windows and heating. Homes with an A label are the energy- efficient. Homes that get the least…
Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month January (Photo: Livia Maria Galassi)

Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month January

In my goal to support expats, I started regular interviews, bringing true stories to the surface. Being an Expat: Easy or Challenging? How do you become an Expat? What is the reason? Some hope to find a job, some join their partner, others…
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ProefPark Haarlem indoor winter edition!

After two successful summer editions from ProefPark the time has come for an indoor winter edition on the last weekend of January. expatsHaarlem was together with some Haarlem media and some well-known food bloggers among the first to receive…
Vijfhoek Jopen Festival Photo Walk - Selected photos and feedback (Photo: Lybil Ber)
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Vijfhoek Jopen Festival Photo Walk - Selected photos and feedback

Haarlem! The popular quarter De Vijfhoek in Haarlem, the Jopen Festival with Medieval setting and costumes, music, theatre and ancient craftsmanships performances! i.e. tons of occasion to take interesting shots!  Warm and sunny weather!…
What changes in 2015? The main new laws and taxes
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What changes in 2015? The main new laws and taxes

As every year, a string of changes to taxes, employment law, housing and other laws come into effect on January 1. Most were announced in the September budget or were scheduled in previous years. Here is a round-up of the main changes. Work The…
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Zelfstandig en Zwanger (ZeZ) (Sole proprietor and pregnant)

As a sole proprietor in the Netherlands you might be eligible for the Zelfstandig en Zwanger benefit (sole proprietor and pregnant). You can request the ZeZ benefit if you: - are self-employed with or without employees; - work for…
Declaration of Independent Contractor Status (VAR)
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Declaration of Independent Contractor Status (VAR)

Are you working in the Netherlands as a self-employed professional (zzp'er) or as a freelancer? If so, your client will need to know whether the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration considers you an entrepreneur or a payroll employee. You…
New Businesses: Legal forms

New Businesses: Legal forms

New businesses in the Netherlands have to make a choice from a number of legal forms. Your choice will be the legal form in which to run your business and determines such aspects as liability and tax obligations. Types of legal forms There…
Entrepreneurship: Getting started

Entrepreneurship: Getting started

Step by step If you want to apply for a residence permit as an entrepreneur in the Netherlands there are a lot of steps to take. To create some clarity we have made a step by step document. - Meet up with an immigration lawyer to discuss…
Thirty percent ruling
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30% ruling

The 30% reimbursement ruling (better known as the 30% ruling) is a tax advantage for highly skilled migrants moving to the Netherlands for a specific employment role. When the necessary conditions are met, the employer can grant a tax free…