The Dome
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Haarlem Council may veto the University in The Dome

It has come to light that Haarlem Council may refuse plans for turning The Dome into a University. The plans to make this happen are too costly and will take too long to achieve. The municipality would buy the monumental building  for 6.4…
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Amsterdam Bus
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Cashless Travel in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s transport company, GVB announced of its aims to make all public transport in the capital cash-free in 2017. From March 26th, all buses in Amsterdam will cease to accept cash payments. For night buses, this rule will take effect…
University
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A University in Haarlem is proposed

A University in Haarlem is made possible in the former Dome Prison. The Haarlem group, Panopticon, have made plans to convert the monumental building into a University- College, which can house 600 students to live and study. Also on the…
Population
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The population is growing

Since 2008, the population of The Netherlands has grown in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam as live births and migrants to the cities outnumbered the amount of deaths and people who left.   Growth According to the Central…
IVF
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26 Dutch women may have had their eggs fertilised with the wrong sperm during IVF

A Dutch IVF lab in Utrecht has launched an investigation after discovering that up to 26 women may have been fertilized by sperm cells from the wrong man. “Procedural error” between mid-April 2015 and mid-November 2016 was to blame, The…
Baby Names
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The most popular Dutch baby name list has been published by SVB

The popular names list is published every year by the social insurance bank, SVB. 88,494 boys and 84,286 girls in total were born in the Netherlands in 2016. Here is the list of the most popular names; TOP 10 Girl Names 2016 (with various…
National Tulip Day
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National Tulip Day

The start to Tulip season officially begins on Dam Square in Amsterdam.  The event is organised by Dutch tulip growers who build a unique tulip picking garden on Dam Square. Anyone can come and see the tulips and pick your very own, for…
Dutch Trains
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Dutch electric trains are fully powered by wind energy

The Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by the national railway company, NS. The two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS electric trains should run on wind energy. “So we in…
Tokorico tempeh roti
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Tokorico: A little slice of fire and spice on the Botermarkt

In need of some exotic Suriname cuisine to warm up these winter nights? Or perhaps you’re hitting the January sales and need a quick, tasty lunchtime fix? Then consider Tokorico, a little takeaway joint on the Botermarkt which opened in April…
winter
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‘Real’ winter is coming

It seems more like it's still fall today but 'real' winter is on its way and will arrive tomorrow in the Netherlands. You can even pick up the skates out. Snow and ice at the end of the week Don't forget your gloves when you get on a…
New Year Resolutions
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20 New Year resolutions

The start of a year is also when people evaluate what they have done during the past year and what they should change in the upcoming year: the so-called New Year resolutions. Here are 20 very common ones, numbered but not intentionally ranked…
Epiphany
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Epiphany celebrations

Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany or Three King's Day on January 6. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when…
TONY'S CHOCOLONELY BEER
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TONY'S CHOCOLONELY BEER!

From now Tony's Chocolonely makes also beer! Available since yesterday, 1 January 2017. Tony's Chocolonely makes Tony's Chocolate Milk Stout makes together with brewery Prael. Beer that tastes like chocolate? Sounds worth tasting it. This…
Oliebollen

Oliebollen, a Dutch New Year's tradition

It is a Dutch tradition to eat 'oliebollen' on New Year's Eve. What's that, what's their origin, where to buy the best ones and how to bake them? Here we go... Oliebollen? Oliebollen are a traditional Dutch delicacy eaten during winter.…
New Year's plunge
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New Year's plunge

Those crazy Dutch! Once you survived Sinterklaas, Christmas and dodged the fireworks during new years eve you think you can finally relax. Well, guess again. How the tradition started I don't know but on the first of January masses of children,…
New Year
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Why New Year’s Eve is My Least Favourite Day of the Dutch Year

Those bangs you heard already in November? The ones that made you think for a split second that a gun battle had broken out in your Dutch neighbourhood? Those bangs are the reason I’ve always looked forward to a Dutch New Year’s Eve as…
Winteland Hoofddorp
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Winterland Hoofddorp

Experience a true winter wonderland at Winterland Hoofddorp. An ice rink in a fairytale atmosphere, crackling fireplaces, hot glühwein and delicious winter dishes. The Town Hall Square has been transformed into Winterland Hoofddorp. A place…
festive season
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Help! I got the festive season blues

The festive season and end-of-year celebrations are supposed to be the most joyous time of the year: fancy dress, gourmet foods, decorations, lights, parties, music, gifts and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. But this is…
Haarlem Jazz Wintereditie
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Haarlem’s Christmas carol singalong

Harlem Jazz & More Winter Edition with Christmas carols (Kerstsamenzang in Dutch) set against the backdrop of Haarlem’s historic buildings of the Grote Markt starts tonight at 19:00. The Christmas carol singalong at the Grote Markt…
the Haarlem International School
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New Haarlem International School in September 2017

If all goes to plan, the new Haarlem International School will open its doors in September 2017. ExpatsHaarlem proudly announces its partnership with the School. The school will be located somewhere within Haarlem’s municipal borders…
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Shopping in Haarlemmermeer

Haarlemmermeer is a great place to shop. The largest in shopping areas can be found in Hoofddorp and at Schiphol Airport. In the centre of Hoofddorp and at Schiphol Airport (in front of Customs) you will find a wide selection of both…
Interview month
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Interview of the month December

In my goal to inspire people, I write these interviews, revealing expats’ personal journey’s. Arriving in a new country and feeling ‘’at Home’’ is a challenge.  So how do you integrate easily? This month I introduce you to…
Shopping Haarlem
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Christmas extra shopping hours in Haarlem

You don't have all the Christmas shopping done yet? You can make use of the extra long opening hours in the city centre. - Thursday, December 22 till 21:00 h. - Friday, December 23 till 21:00h. - Saturday December 24 till 17:00 Please…
Nachttrein Haarlem_Amsterdam
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The night train between Haarlem and Amsterdam is a fact

On the night of Friday 16 to Saturday 17 December the long-cherished wish of many Haarlemmers will be fulfilled: Haarlem is connected to the night network of the Dutch Railways. ExpatsHaarlem is invited for the festive start, the very first…
Haarlem Connect 2016
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HAARLEM CONNECT 2016: THE EVE, THE MOVIE, THE PHOTOS

It was a night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. It was great to see you there. Here are the movie and the photos. Can't wait to see the movie or the photos? The Haarlem Connect…
Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016
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Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016

For the fifth time Winkeliersvereniging Raaks, Café Brilliant and Jopenkerk Haarlem join hands to organize the Haarlem Winter Beer Festival. The Haarlem Winter Beer Festival is this weekend, on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, 2016.…
Kerstmarkt Haarlem (Photo: Haarlem Marketing)
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Overcrowded Christmas market Haarlem in the top 5 of the Netherlands

The Christmas market in Haarlem is one of the biggest in our country. And overcrowded. The municipality expects this weekend more than 200,000 visitors! You are warned.   In the second weekend of December the city centre is completely…
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My First Sinterklaas

This past weekend on the evening of December 5th, I celebrated my first Sinterklaas. I first learnt of the old Dutch custom earlier this year when moving to Haarlem with my Dutch boyfriend. As a Canadian new to the tradition, I would like to…
Sinterklaas
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Sinterklaas versus Santa Claus

They both work in the same sector, wear red, and have a big white beard. For Piet's sake: what's the difference?  The Big Day Sinterklaas: Sinterklaas' "heerlijk avondje" / delicious is 5 December, although Sint arrives with a steamer…