Singing with the kids door to door on Sint Maarten on Wednesday 11 November. Is that possible in Corona time? The Kennemerland Safety Region and GGD Kennemerland are following the decision of the government: Sint Maarten 2021 is happening! There is, however, some advice for residents and parents or supervisors. Find out what it is […]
Arianna was born in Rome, Italy and grew up mostly in Florence. When she was 18 years old she came to the Netherlands, where she remained till today. Arianna likes to make trips, discover Haarlem, taste good food, meet internationals and share experiences. Currently she is living with her hubby and 3 kids in one of the cutest little neighborhoods of Haarlem, de Vijfhoek.
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On Sunday, November 7th at 19 hours the Schuur and expatsHaarlem present a special screening of the Danish movie Riders of Justice, with English subtitles. Readers of expatsHaarlem get €3 discount and pay €8,50 instead of €11,50 with the code: expatshaarlem. Middle-aged men on a revenge mission. Markus (Mads Mikkelsen) returns home to care for […]
The government has announced this second of November, 2021, that it is bringing back some of its previous coronavirus prevention measures and introducing new ones, in an effort to reduce the surge in new coronavirus cases. Face masks return and the coronapass entry system will be extended to gyms, swimming pools, amateur sports clubs and […]
As of 25 September, we no longer have to stay 1.5 metres from others. The coronavirus entry pass system is being introduced for locations that will get busier when the 1.5 metre distancing rule is lifted. You can get a coronavirus entry pass if you are fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a […]
If you’re a parent, you’ll be more than aware that children in Noord-Holland go back to school on Monday 22 August. Maybe you’re even scratching off the days on your calendar 😉 . Change can be difficult for kids and starting at a new school – in a different country no less – can be […]
The Dutch government has announced that between 10 August and 1 September, you can order two free COVID-19 self-tests. Self-testing is an important means of detecting asymptomatic infections. So before going back to work or university after the summer break, or even before attending a BBQ with friends, taking a self-test offers peace of mind […]
Have you not been vaccinated against COVID-19 yet but do you want to? From 17 August 2021, it is possible to go to the vaccination locations in Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer without an appointment for your first corona vaccine dose.
This week saw the 22 millionth dose of vaccine administered. The Netherlands now has high vaccination coverage and the figure is continuing to rise on a daily basis. Nevertheless, a greater increase is still needed. There are still an estimated 1.8 million people who have not built up immunity, either through vaccination or through infection. […]
Men’s beauty brand War Paint for Men opened the world’s first men’s makeup brand store, located on London’s iconic Carnaby Street.
The World Heritage Committee, holding its 44th session in Fuzhou and online, decided to delete the property “Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City” (UK) from the World Heritage List, due to the irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property.
Good preparation is important for your return trip to the Netherlands. Are you returning to the Netherlands from a yellow EU country on 8 August? Then you need a corona certificate (vaccination, recovery or test proof). Here’s the Governments’ checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad.
Learn Dutch with renown Language School Taalthuis this summer, however you want, whenever you want and with discount!
From June 26 most of the coronavirus measures in the Netherlands are ending. While social distancing remains the norm, face masks will vanish in most places. Here’s what changes.
Something that intrigued me ever since I first arrived in Holland is the number of Dutch public holidays specifically related to events on the Roman Catholic calendar. It struck me and still does that a fairly non-religious country like the Netherlands would observe so many religious feast days, beyond Easter and Christmas, like the Ascension […]
Uiltje Brewing Company from Haarlem, the brewer of specialty beers such as Bird of Prey, Dikke Lul 3 Bier! and F * ck the caravan is in the Fik, will be owned by Swinkels Family Brewers. Het Uiltje will expand and remain autonomous.
This Monday afternoon course is meant for children in the age between 8 and 12 who want to expand their knowledge of Dutch. The interactive course consists of 8 fun and meaningful lessons for children who wish to learn Dutch and communicate with confidence.
Amsterdam’s Tuschinski Theatre has been named the most beautiful cinema in the world by Time Out magazine.
Online sales were 92.1 percent higher in January than in the same month a year earlier. Since the start of the publication of Internet sales by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in January 2014, the growth has not been so strong. The cause can be guessed: the shops were closed. Web shops (internet sales as their main […]
From 3 March all non-essential shops may offer shopping by appointment. Shops for basic necessities such as among others supermarkets and other food stores, chemists and gas stations may stay open for business. Delivery and pick up of orders (click-and-collect) are also allowed for all shops since 10 February.
The coronavirus measures are testing everyone’s resilience, both physically and mentally. The longer the crisis continues, the more difficult it becomes for everyone. Now that a year has passed, the pandemic’s social and economic effects are mounting dramatically.
The national coronavirus curfew came into effect on January 23, and search engine Google immediately reported a significant increase in the number of ”webcam” searches.
On the evening of Wednesday 20 January, prime minister Mark Rutte and minister Hugo de Jonge announced that lockdown measures have to be tightened in response to concerns about new variants of the coronavirus. The previous announcement on Tuesday 12 January (see here) stated that the measures announced in December would continue until 9 February, […]
On the evening of Tuesday 12 January, prime minister Mark Rutte and minister Hugo de Jonge announced that the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus would be extended for a further 3 weeks. The previous announcement in December (see here) stated the lockdown needed to be introduced to minimise contact between people and […]
A compulsory negative COVID-19 test result is now required for all airline passengers, including Dutch nationals.
YouTube will give visitors to the video site the option to see fewer alcohol and gambling ads, the company announced on its blog. The option is expected to be available globally in Google Account Settings in early 2021.
Dutch Language exercise: choose the correct answer for each of the gaps. Sinterklaas woont in Spanje en Zwarte Piet is zijn helper. De Sint is een oudeplanmanmaanbaanmet een lange witte baard. Hij heeft een mijter op zijn hoofd en hij draagt een rode mantel. Een keer pergevaarjaarpaardollarkomt Sinterklaas naar Nederland. Hij komt met een stoomboot. […]
On 26 November, 2020, Simpel was voted the ‘Website of the Year 2020’ by the Dutch public, making it the overall winner of the 20th edition of this exciting election.
To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it is compulsory to wear a face mask in all public indoor spaces for everyone aged 13 and older from Tuesday 1 December. Anyone not wearing a mask can be fined €95.
The most reliable cars come from Asia. At least, this is the result from the annual research investigation of the Consumers’ Association (Consumentenbond). Mini is the only European car brand in the organisation’s ‘reliability top 10’.
Despite the economic impact of coronavirus, the official Dutch unemployment rate fell from 4.6% to 4.4% between August and September, national statistics office CBS published this October.