Boeing
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Boeing crosses Hoofddorp

Who went out on the street on Monday evening in Hoofddorp could be faced with a very special vehicle transported on the road. A Boeing 737-200 was driven towards the ROC in Hoofddorp. For the trip the wings were taken away from the plane…
Schiphol
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Schiphol pollution levels potential health risk

Many of us live relatively close to Schiphol airport. Where the volume of polluting particles in the air could form a potential health risk for people living nearby, the public health institute RIVM writes in a new report. The concentration…
Mortgage interest rates
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Mortgage interest rates still at historic low

Are you planning on buying a house in the Netherlands? For a while now house buyers can benefit from very low interest rates. The reason is the rate at the capital markets have been at a historic low. Before the summer it seemed that…
Kinderopvang Op Stoom
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Op Stoom: The best kinderopvang in Haarlem

I am the mum of three little kids: a five-year-old son and two toddler daughters. For five years, we have relied on daycare in Haarlem: four years with Op Stoom and one year with Kinderopvang Haarlem. My conclusion: Op Stoom is much better! Op…
Bilingual
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Becoming Bilingual: A Piece of cake?

This article isn’t about children that were exposed to more than one language since birth, but about kids that were exposed to a different language after the acquisition of their mother tongue. That was my case at five. I know people usually…
Dislike button (Getty images)
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Dislike button on the way

Facebook is to add a "dislike" button to its social network, founder Mark Zuckerberg has said. Since the “like” button debuted in 2009, Facebook users have been asking for its counterpart. Mid-September Zuckerberg announced in a…
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Refugees Haarlem: how can you help?

Yesterday in the Pletterij a meeting was held to see how Haarlemmers can help the refugees and give them a warm welcome. This is how you can help. Rode Kruis (Red Cross) Welcome packs? Please! Fill it with things that you would give someone…
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Refugees in Dome Haarlem

Since Thursday, September 17th, the Koepel (the Dome) in Haarlem is used as temporarily accommodation for refugees. The first 57 refugees have arrived on the 17th at midnight at the old Dome Prison in Haarlem. Dozens of Haarlemmers had…
International Day of Peace
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International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. This day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Mission The mission of Peace Days is to promote…
ProefPark Haarlem 2015
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Photos Mobile Food Photography Workshop at ProefPark Haarlem 2015

Here they are, the photos of the expatsHaarlem/Haarlem Foodies/Haarlem Photo Club Mobile Food Photography Workshop at ProefPark Haarlem 2015. With our Haarlem Foodies Chef Nicoletta Tavella, chef at La Cucina del Sole, food advisor for…
Inside out
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How Emotions Serve (in any setting)

It's not often I enjoy a “kid film” as much as I did this past summer's Pixar hit, Inside Out. I laughed, I cried, I felt connected with myself (as things resonated with me) and also with my eight-year old daughter whose hand I squeezed…
breasts
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Breasts are getting bigger

If 15 years ago, the average cup size was 75B, now it has grown to 80C. A third of European women (30 percent) has cup size D or bigger.  This results from a research for lingerie chain Hunkemöller, which was conducted by GfK. Dutch…
Groene boekje Dutch Language
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Dutch language gets thousands of official new words

Thousands of new words will be included in the new edition of the Groene Boekje - the "Little Green Boek"- with the official list of Dutch words, which will be published on October 13, the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf published. New words such…
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De Vrije School

The range of types of education and schools is large. What to choose depends on your own needs and preferences. This month I present to you: De Vrije School (The free school/Waldorf education). What is the idea and how does this work out in…
Interview month

Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month September

In my goal to support expats with their transition, I take regular interviews with Expats.  They reveal true  stories filled with challenges, issues,  joy, but also  TIPS and advise for newcomers. Arriving in a new country is a big change,…
I am not a tourist Expat Fair
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I am not a tourist Expat Fair. Visit the fair and the expatsHaarlem stand with FREE tickets

Are you an international living in or moving to Holland? Looking for opportunities and information to make the most of life abroad? jot down Sunday, 4 October 2015 in your diary for Expatica’s annual ‘I am not a tourist’ Fair, hosted in…
Property types

Property types in the Netherlands

Housing in the Netherlands The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe, with almost 400 people per square kilometre. With little available space, houses at the lower and middle end of the market tend to be fairly…
Haarlem Cultuur Festival 2015.
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Haarlem Cultural Festival 2015

Autumn is getting closer and it is more tempting to plop, with legs up on the bench this weekend but that would be a shame. Indeed, it is the weekend of culture, this 12th and 13th September in Haarlem. There are lots of activities to do in…
aromantic
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Dutch men are not ROMANTIC!

The word “Dutch” has some negative connotations.  In the 17th Century the English marked the word “Dutch” as anything they did not like or considered unwholesome.  To name a few that survived to this day;  “Dutch courage” (over…
Haarlem Sustainable Market
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Haarlem Sustainable Market

Today, September 6, 2015 sustainable entrepreneurs show their products or services. In addition to approximately 100 market stalls there will be also venues for demonstration sessions and music. The world's first wooden e-bike, Ekoplaza,…
new entrance Van Gogh museum (Photo: Novum)
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Museumplein turns yellow with 125,000 sunflowers at the new entrance Van Gogh museum

A maze made up of 125,000 sunflowers has been set up on the Museumplein in Amsterdam to celebrate the opening of the new entrance hall to the Van Gogh museum.  The sunflower labyrinth covers almost half of the Museumplein and everyone is welcome…
Rental prices in major cities skyrockett (Photo ANP)
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Rental prices in major cities skyrocket

Rental prices in the private sector are going through the roof in the major cities. In Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht rents were 7% higher compared to the same period last year, in Rotterdam even 9%. Pararius.nl came forward with these figures…