International School Haarlem
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Location International School Haarlem known

The city council of Haarlem announced the location of the new International School Haarlem (ISH) with a press release in which expatsHaarlem was included.   We can finally announce that as of September 2017 the address will be Schreveliusstraat…
income tax return
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Prepare your 2016 income tax return with Blue Umbrella

Are you struggling with the Dutch tax office? Or are you having trouble calculating the tax you have to pay? Figuring out if you can receive refunds on your Dutch income tax can be confusing. Luckily, there are tax professionals out there who…
Earth Hour
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Earth Hour: Uniting people to protect the planet.

Every year millions of people around the globe will switch off for Earth Hour to shine a light on the need for climate action. Haarlem city is proud to take in Earth Hour each year, where people and businesses turn off their lights for one…
Rabobank Internet Banking
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Rabo Internet Banking

Online banking wherever you want secure online banking with your Rabo Scanner also via your tablet or mobile phone online household accounts book for better insight into your finances part of your banking package Rabo Internet…
Rabobank Opening a Bank Account
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Bank accounts

Open a bank account and decide for yourself what else you need. Opening a bank account At Rabobank, we want everyone to be able to arrange their banking as well and as cheaply as possible. You can open a bank account for just € 1.20…
FAQ
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Frequently asked questions

Mortgages explained and frequently asked questions Can I get a mortgage? Questions about student loans, the self-employed, help from parents, temporary contracts and starters You can also get a mortgage as a starter on the housing market,…
The 10 best points about a Rabobank Mortgage
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The 10 best points about a Rabobank Mortgage

A mortgage scores points on more than just its interest rate. Why choose a Rabobank mortgage? Who wouldn’t want low monthly mortgage payments? When comparing mortgages, you will undoubtedly be looking for one with a low interest rate. However,…
Mortgage refinancing
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Mortgage refinancing

See whether mortgage refinancing is an attractive option for you. Refinance your mortgage and lower your monthly repayments Refinancing a mortgage can be attractive if the current mortgage interest rate is lower than the interest rate you…
schiphol

Big alarm at Schiphol plane in trouble [video]

Schiphol raised the alarm this Sunday morning after the crew of a Boeing 767 made an emergency call. There were problems with the cabin on the plane. The aircraft Titan Airways that was on his way to Poland from England, landed with priority…
http://www.haarlemselente.nl/
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Haarlemse Lente

From march 24th to the 26th, Haarlem celebrates "Haarlemse Lente" [Haarlem Sping] the modern day art scene in the historic center of Haarlem. In this sixth edition, 13 museums, galleries, and artist's initiatives join together for an opening…
housing
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Who owns your land?

You have come to the Netherlands and (eventually) decide to buy a property. You find a place you like. A place you can afford. Well on your way into the buying process, it appears that you will be owning the apartment, but not the ground…
Interview of the month
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Interview of the month 2017 Challenges of Expats – Interview with Sagar Singamsetty

While supporting expats with integration and languages, these interviews reveal personal stories, tips and advice. Arriving in a new country is a big change and how to feel 'at Home' can be a challenge. [Or not?] This month I introduce…
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Introducing the Haarlem Art Room

The cosmopolitan and multi-cultural component in the classes also provides an opportunity for people (especially expatriates) to mix, mingle and associate in and outside the class. Street photography is particularly interesting to foreigners... “Everybody…
Saint Patrick's Day
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Saint Patrick's Day in Haarlem

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. The Feast of Saint Patrick or Saint Patrick's Day, is a cultural and religious celebration which is held on the traditional death of the Saint; 17th…
Dutch Trains
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A fire on a train in Haarlem Station

About an hour ago, a fire has broken out on a train in Haarlem Station, platform 4. Currently fire fighters are extinguishing the flames and have, so far, reported no causalities. Services between Haarlem, Bloemendaal, Heemstede-Aerdenhout,…
massage
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I got a holistic massage and went on a mini vacation.

Last week Friday I got my first ever holistic massage by Ellen. I admit I was a little skeptical and I didn’t really know what a holistic massage entails, but I was determined to go ahead and keep an open mind. What is a holistic massage? Holistic…
Housing Market

2017; some interesting changes on the housing markets.

Every year there are adjustments made in the laws and regulations that may be important to you as a seller, buyer or homeowner. Here is a brief overview of some important changes in 2017. (As told by lees-meer.) In 2017 the maximum mortgage…
Family
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The Netherlands is voted one of the best countries for raising a family.

InterNations, the world's largest network of expats, conducted a survey in which they rated 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of 1-7. Expats scored everything from children's health and safety, to childcare and education. Each…
expat italy
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Interview of the month February 2017

While supporting expats with integration and languages, I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advice. Arriving in a new country is such a change, and  how to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be a challenge. Or not? This…
Beacon

Blacktower Financial Management Group and Beacon Global Group announce strategic agreement in The Netherlands

Blacktower Financial Management International and Beacon Global Group today announced a strategic agreement to support the more than 45,000 Americans living in The Netherlands with financial planning and investment advice. Financial planning…
Gluren Bij De Buren
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Gluren bij de Buren

In 92 living rooms spread throughout the city of Haarlem, you will discover local performing artists. In each living room will be performances by local artists. Each performance will last 30 minutes at set times throughout the day.  Each house…
Eat at home
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Eat at home before going to a Dutch home.

It is 16:00 hours and I am at my future in-laws house having tea and two cookies. The conversation is flowing and we are getting along well. It is 18:00 hours and we are still having tea. I know this because I am hungry and I have just looked…
Housing Market
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The real estate agent in control

Fifty people showing up to see a house, knockout offers that takes a property of the market within a few hours, offers 20% above asking price: the housing market has turned from a buyer's into a seller's market within a year, which leaves the…
Warung Mini Den Haag
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Warung Mini in Den Haag

'For nearly two decades Warung Mini on the Amsterdamse Veerkade in The Hague’s city center has been a popular place to eat for the locals in (and outside of) The Hague area. Warung Mini literally means 'small shop' in Indonesian, which…
Confidence
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The KEY to awaken your confidence

Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet many people struggle to find it. How would you feel with more confidence? Studies have shown that people with more confidence feel more successful. They set…
Alternative Facts
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Alternative facts about the Netherlands

In the world of alternative facts I thought it would be helpful to show you the sides of The Netherlands you probably, maybe, very unlikely didn't know about this high land country.   Take a look at Leiden;     A…
Funny Dutch Words
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15 Funny Dutch Words

On your journey on learning Dutch (yes it is a journey, a rather large one) you will come across some ‘funny’ phrases and words. Why beat around the bush when you can be direct like a Dutch person? Here are 15 funny Dutch words I have,…
Belsazar Vermouth
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New Summer Drink: Belsazar Vermouth

Vitamin D gives us the boost we so desperately seek and it tempts us go outside and socialize with everyone, everywhere. Dutchies know how to party, especially with the combination of sun and drinks. There is good news for you! There is exactly…