Entries by Jennifer Dee

Finding sustainable fashion in Haarlem

Every year we throw away 92 million tonnes of clothing, and in fact it is estimated that in Haarlem we are responsible for a million kilos of that. The fashion industry is also extremely harmful for the environment – they produce 10% of the world’s CO2 and half a million tonnes of micro-plastics. This is […]

An expat’s guide to arranging a Haarlem wedding

The Netherlands is now home to 75,000 expats, many of whom have partners and family in the country, and are settled for the long term. If you are an expat who is planning to get married to your partner, there are several practicalities that you will need to arrange – getting married in the Netherlands […]

Keeping Haarlem’s bees buzzing

When it comes to bee populations, the Netherlands’ efforts have got the world buzzing. While bee numbers have been declining globally, sparking a huge crisis and conservation efforts worldwide, the recent Dutch Bee Census shows that here urban bee populations are steady, for now. This good news is largely due to a national pollinator strategy […]

Can you be a freegan in Haarlem?

The world has a huge problem with food waste, and the Netherlands – including Haarlem – are no exception. The Dutch Review estimates that 35% of all food purchased in the Netherlands is wasted, which puts a huge strain on a country already tightly constricted by its relative lack of resources and territory when it […]

Getting back into the dating game as an expat

So, you’ve just arrived in Haarlem, and you’re ready to expand your romantic horizons. Being an expat in a foreign country can present some cultural and social challenges, especially on the relationship scene. But with enough information (and a little bit of practice) there’s no reason why you can’t find love in the charming ‘Bloemenstad’ […]

The best universities in Haarlem to study science & technology

There is an increasing number of families and individuals moving or planning to move to Haarlem, since it’s considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in The Netherlands. If you have children, or if you’re a young adult, you might be considering colleges and universities in Haarlem for quality education. Fortunately, The Netherlands […]

How is the office life in the Netherlands (and in Haarlem)?

The Netherlands is ranked third in the world for work-life balance by the Office for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). When you work in an office, your hours are clearly defined and always respected. It is unusual to find employees slogging away into the night, however there is also the attitude that you are at […]

Enjoy autumn in Haarlem’s nature

Autumn with its beautiful colours and invigorating breeze makes Haarlem and the surrounding areas even more beautiful. Haarlem is a lively town with a population of over 350,000, and once a thriving North Sea trading port. Even though Haarlem is a vibrant urban hub, there are still some amazing places where you can enjoy nature […]

How To Start Working Out In Haarlem After A Long Break

The Netherlands has been recently ranked as the 15th healthiest country in the whole world, with a health grade of 85,86. Factors such as quality health care, healthy diets, and outdoor activities and exercise have contributed to the nation’s high life expectancy and healthier lifestyle, compared to other countries. Physical activity, in particular, is such […]

Understanding Non-Emergency Healthcare In Haarlem

The Dutch healthcare system is one of the best in the world, and it has always been welcoming for expats. However, as US News’ highlight of the stunted vaccine roll-out has shown, there are inefficiencies in the system that can be especially difficult for expats to navigate. This is especially pronounced in non-urgent care.

Organizing Your Wedding In Haarlem

Every year, 130,000 people get married in the Netherlands. Haarlem is the perfect place to organize your big day, as you can find everything from the venue to the beautiful flowers right here. You could even get married in the Grote Kerk if you’re having a religious ceremony. After your service, you can celebrate with some traditional […]