Anniversary
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EXPATSHAARLEM' S FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Happy Anniversary! EXPATSHAARLEM TURNS 1! It has been a year of challenges, of new experiences, old and new friendships, lots of wonderful articles, many great events, the start of services and our first partnerships. 10000 visitors…
Flower Parade
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Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2015

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, or Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek (Bulbs Area) is one of the most famous parades in the world. More than a million people come to see the beautiful flower praalwagens (floats). The Flower Parade Bollenstreek…
rokjesdag
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"Rokjesdag"

TODAY IT IS "ROKJESDAG". 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 high enough for…
Newborn
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Born yesterday: mothers and their newborn babies - in pictures

Photographer Jenny Lewis took 150 photographs of new mothers and their babies in their second day of life. Forty of these portraits of mums and their newborn babies, have been published as a book, One Day Young, by Hoxton Mini Press “All…
Facebook
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19th century vagina painting sparks French lawsuit against Facebook

A Paris high court has ruled that it has jurisdiction to decide in a case brought by a French teacher who claimed that Facebook could not distinguish between pornography and art following the suspension of his social networking account after…
contaminated cheese
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Warning against contaminated cheese

The Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) warned yesterday of the dangers of consumption of French cheese of the type Roquefort, the famous French blue cheese. The cheese is sold in different…
spring

Spring weather after Saturday

From Sunday, the temperature can rise to 14 degrees in the afternoon. Also next week it seems that we will have spring weather, with temperatures expected to be between the 10 and 15 degrees. According to Weeronline.nl yesterday. The weather…
Barcelona GO!
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Barcelona GO!

BARCELONA in Flow Motion - A fast moving short film.... TOO COOL! Gold prize winner at Timelapse Showfest 2014. 1 million plays within 5 days of launch. Commissioned by the Catalan Tourism Board, this fast moving, short film showcases the…
makeup
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Australian mum turns Bratz dolls into Regular Girls by Removing their Heavy MakeUp

“These dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have opted for a “tree change”, swapping high-maintenance glitz ‘n’ glamour for down-to-earth style. I hand repaint…
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Uiltje Bar: A new place for craft brews

Maybe you've already hear of them or tasted had their beer but did you know that they will be opening their very own café this weekend?! That's right, Brouwerij het Uiltje will be opening the Uiltje Bar at Zijlstraat 18 in Haarlem on Saturday…
Albert Heijn
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Albert Heijn broke the rules with its ‘crystal’ glasses

The crystal glasses of Albert Heijn should not be labelled lead crystal. They don't contain lead. The supermarket group Albert Heijn broke the advertising standards rules by suggesting shoppers could save up for the highest quality crystal…
lover
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Dutch man is bad lover

Dutch men are the second worst lovers in Europe. They are worse than French, Spanish and Swedish lovers. At least, according to the female members of Ashley Madison, a site for people with a relationship. The booby prize goes to the…
expat
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Things NOT to Say to an Expat

ExpatsHaarlem's friend & worldwide known comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding just made a new video in which he gives directions for small-talk with an Expat. About Things NOT to Say to an Expat. And suggestions about what to say instead. Watch…
work
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expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Work

The expatsHaarlem Work section is yet another service that expatsHaarlem has developed to make your life in the Netherlands and in Haarlem in particular a little easier. In this Work section you can read everything about the Dutch labour…
chef
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LE CHEF'S LIST 100 OF THE BEST CHEFS IN THE WORLD

A list of the 100 Best Chefs in the World has been created by the French magazine Le Chef. The magazine polled over 500 two-to-three Michelin starred chefs around the world and asked them each to provide five names of chefs they thought…
jobless
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Dutch jobless total rose in December 2014

The number of jobless people in the Netherlands rose by 12,000 in December 2014, the first increase since May 2014, the national statistics office CBS said last Thursday, January 22, 2015. The increase takes the Dutch unemployment total…
Gunman storms Dutch television studio demanding airtime (Photo: Rick van den Berg)

Gunman storms Dutch television studio demanding airtime

Yesterday evening a gunman claiming to represent a "hacker collective" stormed the TV studio of Dutch national broadcaster NOS in Hilversum and demanded airtime, before he was arrested by police. No-one was hurt and no shots were fired during…
Geluksroute Haarlem
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expatsHaarlem participates in the Geluksroute / Happiness Route Haarlem

“Happiness is only real, when shared” – Christopher McCandless (Into the wild) Share what makes you happy and so spread happiness. Because happiness always brings more happiness. This is the idea and ideal behind the Geluksroute/Happiness…
energy lable
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Energy label mandatory for all properties in the Netherlands – And this time they really mean it!!

Actually, in 2008 it was already mandatory but, as it was rather complicated and no one was checking if you had it or not, everyone sort of agreed to ignore it!  However: From 1 January 2015 all properties in the Netherlands need an…
prostate-cancer-screening (www.delhidailynews.com)
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Prostate screening would save 300 lives a year

A two-yearly prostate cancer test for men would save 300 lives a year, according to European research led by Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The best results would be obtained with men aged aged 55-59. Every year, 2,400 men die from prostate…
A Single Life
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Dutch short animated film A Single Life wins Oscar nomination (+ trailer)

The Dutch short animation film A Single Life has been nominated for an Oscar. A Single Life, directed by Joris Oprins, is about a girl called Pia who plays a mysterious vinyl single. When playing the mysterious single, Pia is suddenly able…
Shot fired at Botermarkt in Haarlem (Photo: HFV/Michel van Bergen)
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Shot fired at Botermarkt in Haarlem

Yesterday afternoon: a shot fired in the middle of the day in Haarlem center. My kids and I were by accident at the arrestation place around the arrestation moment. Scary moment. [Update 17:45 h.] - Monday afternoon around 15:00 on the…
Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015
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Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015

As of 2015 a number of tax benefits regarding the cost for your children have disappeared.  Which benefits are gone? compensation single parents, changes in child related budget. Which benefits are gone? * Single parent credit (Alleenstaande…
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Euro Bridges appear in the Netherlands

Whether you realize it or not, all of the architecture on the Euro banknotes is fake. In 2002 Austrian Robert Kalin designed bridges for the bills that were intended to represent periods in time such as Baroque, Classical, Gothic, Romanesque,…
Number of expats in Haarlem above national average
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Number of expats in Haarlem above national average

Most expats live in the Randstad and around university towns. This results from a first exploration of the CBS (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek). LocalFocus put in a row the share of foreign-born workers with high wages compared to the…
Wat een happening was dat! En wat is onze stad toch mooi!
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Serious Request - Glazen huis Haarlem 2014 the Aftermovie

Serious Request 2014 in Haarlem: Wat een happening was dat! En wat is onze stad toch mooi!. Hieronder "the Aftermovie".
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ProefPark Haarlem indoor winter edition!

After two successful summer editions from ProefPark the time has come for an indoor winter edition on the last weekend of January. expatsHaarlem was together with some Haarlem media and some well-known food bloggers among the first to receive…
What changes in 2015? The main new laws and taxes
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What changes in 2015? The main new laws and taxes

As every year, a string of changes to taxes, employment law, housing and other laws come into effect on January 1. Most were announced in the September budget or were scheduled in previous years. Here is a round-up of the main changes. Work The…
Amsterdam in the top 15 world cities with best reputation (J.P. de Miguel Photography)

Amsterdam in the top 15 world cities with best reputation

Amsterdam has made it into the top 15 of the Reputation Institute's City RepTrak survey 2014. The Netherlands’ capital has made a big jump in the ranks in recent years, having been listed in 41st place in 2012. City RepTrak survey…
expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Housing
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expatsHaarlem proudly presents: expatsHaarlem Housing

The expatsHaarlem Housing section is the latest service of expatsHaarlem.  In this housing section you can read everything you need to know about the reasons to move to Haarlem, renting or buying a house in Haarlem, articles about the latest…