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Highest increase in house prices in 7,5 years

Existing houses for sale were 3.8 percent more expensive in November this year than a year ago. This is the biggest rise on an annual basis in 7,5 years, according to the CBS (Centraal Bureau voor de statistiek) and the Kadaster. Since the…
Eye Museum
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The EYE Museum, Amsterdam

Standing on the bank of the river IJ, across from Amsterdam Central station, the EYE Museum is an impressive piece of architecture. There is a fine balance between being impressive as a structure and being imposing, and the museum achieves…
new entrance Van Gogh museum (Photo: Novum)
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Museumplein turns yellow with 125,000 sunflowers at the new entrance Van Gogh museum

A maze made up of 125,000 sunflowers has been set up on the Museumplein in Amsterdam to celebrate the opening of the new entrance hall to the Van Gogh museum.  The sunflower labyrinth covers almost half of the Museumplein and everyone is welcome…
Rental prices in major cities skyrockett (Photo ANP)
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Rental prices in major cities skyrocket

Rental prices in the private sector are going through the roof in the major cities. In Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht rents were 7% higher compared to the same period last year, in Rotterdam even 9%. Pararius.nl came forward with these figures…
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30 TOTALLY FREE THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam is an expensive city. Sure, the rent prices are exorbitant and it's not exactly cheap to go out .... unless you're doing one of these 30 activities!    1. Watch the random action on the Dam Square or Leidseplein Sure,…
Terrace
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Terraces more expensive, Amsterdam on top

People going out for a round of drinks on a terrace will in some cities pay more than a year ago. Amsterdam is the most expensive city in the Netherlands in which to have a drink on a terrace, taking the first place from Haarlem. Haarlem is…
sexual culture shock
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Sexual Cultural Shock

“Is he good in bed?” Oh my Lord, did he just say that?? How dare he! The question shocks me and nearly knocks me off my feet. And then he follows, “how does he compare with black men?” I was astounded. This comes from a random Dutch…
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…
Increased number of Expats to the Netherlands discover Haarlem to be a much better (and cheaper) alternative to Amsterdam
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Increased number of Expats to the Netherlands discover Haarlem to be a much better (and cheaper) alternative to Amsterdam

According to a recent report from nu.nl the number of properties in Amsterdam sold and the price increase in the first 3 quarters of 2014 is comparable to the pre crisis years 2005-2008.  Wonderful news generally everyone, the economy is reviving! …
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CtheCity

CtheCity is an amazing experience where you have the opportunity to "see" Amsterdam through the eyes of someone who is blind. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to walk around the city with one of those white canes? It's a lot less…
How about learning Dutch? Things I hated and loved
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How about learning Dutch? Things I hated and loved

I’ve always thought that one of the best things of moving to a foreign country would be to have the chance to learn a new language. Then I moved to the Netherlands. Guess what? Here they speak Dutch. Dutch language To me, the Dutch…
Streets of Amsterdam
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Streets of Amsterdam

Whenever I visit Amsterdam, the ongoing street scenes, always capture my attention. The feeling of relaxation, the eccentric people walking around, the hobos on the corner hanging out next to the street kids, the busy people who are always…
Eating Amsterdam: How to discover Dutch food
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Eating Amsterdam: How to discover Dutch food

What to visit in Amsterdam? What to eat in Amsterdam? What is the typical food in Holland? These are some of the questions I get from all my guests who come to visit Amsterdam. It is always weird to answer what to eat... Dutch cuisine is…
Cost of renting a home in Amsterdam reaches record levels
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Cost of renting a home in Amsterdam reaches record levels

The cost of renting a home in the free sector in Amsterdam has never been so high. It has reached record levels, with a rise of 5.6% in the previous quarter, according to research by rental agency Pararius. Remarkably, the rents in the rest…
Home is a place you can tell about…(Photo: Bertolda)
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Home is a place you can tell about…

He was a chubby kid. He wasn't pretty but with one of those faces with regular features and intense eyes that will always let him find a girlfriend. I would look at him even with please if he wouldn't have had his ass nailed on the bench. It’s…
Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe
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Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe

Last month Mercer released its annual Cost of Living City Rankings. The global survey ranked Amsterdam as the 39th most expensive city for expats worldwide and the 12th most expensive within Europe. Cost of Living City Survey Mercer's…
expatsHaarlem proudly sponsors the Urban Photo Race - Amsterdam 2014.

expatsHaarlem proudly sponsors the Urban Photo Race Amsterdam 2014

Urban Photo Race Kicks-off July 26 in Amsterdam. expatsHaarlem is one of the main sponsors of the race.  Amateur and professional photographers are invited to experience and share a unique view of Amsterdam in this exciting 12-hour competition…