Rokjesdag
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Rokjesdag 2017

Today is the first "ROKJESDAG" of 2017. What is Rokjesdag or Skirt Day? It is officially the first day on which Dutch women wear skirts with bare legs. Every spring the men look forward to Rokjesdag, the day when the temperature is…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Dekamarkt
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Fire in Dekamartk Haarlem

The Dekamartk on Schalkwijkerstraat, Haarlem has suffered damage due to a fire on Monday night. The local fire brigade arrived with multiple units to extinguish the blaze. Because of the smoke, residents were advised to keep their windows…
Expat Survey
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How does the Netherlands rate in the Global Expat Survey?

Ever wondered which country has the best work-life balance? Which is the best for raising children? Or which is the friendliest towards foreigners? And just how does the Netherlands compare in the global rankings? Expat Insider – one of…
New Year's Drink 2017
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NEW YEAR'S DRINK 2017

Let's meet and celebrate the New Year together! A New Year's toast, quiz & time time to meet, talk and get to know each other. We wait for you on Friday, January 27, 2017. Our readers, members, friends, partners, acquaintances, business…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…