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How To Move To Amsterdam And Expand The Horizons Of Your Dreams?
Michele Bertasi
Has been living in the Netherlands since May 2016

How To Move To Amsterdam And Expand The Horizons Of Your Dreams?

This post was originally published on relocateme.eu.

Short Bio

Michele Bertasi, extremely passionate software engineer with years of C++ development experience, moved from Italy to the Netherlands in May 2016. Initially joined Bright Computing as a Software Developer, Michele is now leading its TPSI team (Third-Party Software Integration). 

Could you tell us about your journey back in Italy and why did you consider relocation?

I was a software developer, of course, and I was working in the industrial automation field. I didn’t think about relocating, at first, I was only considering changing my job because I needed a new opportunity for me. Having done a few interviews in Verona and other cities in Italy, I found that there was nothing satisfying — all other jobs were similar to the one I’ve already had or even worse. So, I didn’t find enough opportunities for me. The relocation was a chance to change my field and improve my skills.

How did you find out about opening with relocation? 

I had many contacts via Linkedin and Daria from RelocateMe contacted me at the right moment. That was only the reason.

In the beginning, she has encouraged me to read about the country and the company. Daria, basically, convinced me to do an interview and helped me to be focused on it, to try it. I was skeptical in the beginning, but in the end, I thought: ‘Just try and see what will happen’.

Daria has assured me that RelocateMe has many contacts in Amsterdam and that they have successfully relocated other people there, so I thought maybe I could also get some help. Because when you move abroad, you know nothing basically. You haven’t visited the country, you don’t know what the life would be, accommodation, etc. She has brought out people that could help me and answer my questions. So, it was useful.

If you could go back in time 1 year, would you change anything?

I think my experience in Italy was necessary to get my position here. When opportunities come, you have to take them. In the end, I can’t ask for more than that.

If you could give 3 pieces of advice for software developers, who are doubtful about relocation or general career advice?

First of all, think about what do you have on: if you are happy with your job, there is no point in relocating, if not, then think why. Such issues as management or career opportunities can be resolved, as there are much more opportunities for software developers in this kind of countries.

Think about relocation itself and its consequences, you have to start a new life. That’s real, and it’s not a joke: you have to start from scratch again with many other things. My girlfriend couldn’t come, I had to search for a new football team and friends, so my life is a little bit more difficult. However, from the work point of view, everything went smoothly and the relocation was really easy. Especially for me, as I am a European: the only thing I had to think about is about relocating. Also, the sooner you start, the better, cause the later you start, the harder is the process.

What kind of skills and qualities are the companies looking for in software developers, in your opinion?

I think that companies are always looking for people who have done many things, prove to be flexible about their abilities and the way they work. They also need people, who are able to work in a team — this is a very very important skill.

In my case, the best skill I had was that I knew C++ very well and this is not a common skill. So I would advise if you have a very special skill, you have to develop it. Also, I’ve never stopped learning, and it’s very nice to see a person, who always looks to improve herself/himself. This way companies are more comfortable hiring people if the person is going to the company not to ditch, but to learn, even if they are already good… that is a good skill/quality of character to have.

What was the hardest part of the relocation process?

The hardest part was not having family and friends around. In the end, you will get used to that, it’s just that the very first moments that are really bad. Apart from that, everything else was really smooth. 

The best part was that I was lucky to find an apartment easily because housing in Amsterdam is really crazy. The guy has helped me with housing, it was really good and it helped me a lot. That’s a mandatory thing to have if you are willing to relocate and you don’t want to end up in a crap apartment or in another city.

How do you find the Netherlands? How did the expectations compare to reality?

I didn’t know much about the Netherlands, apart from people, who came on vacation to Italy. I found it very nice. It’s quite different from Italy, especially from the surfaces point of view and the weather. The weather really sucks, but for the rest, it’s a very beautiful country. Services are nice, people are nice, they’re very open to other people and this is something we miss in Italy. Amsterdam is an international hub. Things have changed for the better.

Another good reason to come to the Netherlands: there are so many conferences, meetups, etc. I had opportunities to go to some of them: Dutch C++ group and Software Circus were especially remarkable. It’s very nice to meet people who do the same as you and to know what’s happening in your field. Also, I went also to other meetups for non-nerds, just to meet new people and have some fun together, what helps very much if you are looking for new friends.

What did you find interesting about the Netherlands?

One interesting thing is that all Dutch people speak good English. So, you may have a hard time learning Dutch, because it’s not mandatory to survive and the Dutch switch to English easily, if you see that you are struggling. So, it’s not that easy to learn Dutch there.

During the summer, when it’s good weather many people go to the public parks to play, listen to music and dance, have barbecues. It’s very busy and nice. You have the feeling that people know how to party here.

How did you find life in the new company? What are the perks of working in the Bright Computing?

Bright Computing is expanding, so I have more opportunities in the company, but the best part is that if my expectations didn’t match, there are plenty of other companies here. I am happy with my company, my colleagues are nice, my boss is nice. So, for now, I am happy with the company.

I love being part of a very international team. We have a company outing twice a year, go out, organize meetups and share various activities sometimes. However, everything depends on the type of the company.
We went on a mountain bike trip to the dunes of Zandvoort a few weeks ago. It rained a lot and some people felt down and had a hard time with the dunes. I couldn’t imagine it would be so hard, but nonetheless, it was so funny and uniting. After the biking, we had a barbecue with a lot of drinks. Everybody was relaxed and even drunk with the atmosphere of freedom and delight. It was not easy to come back home with the bike at the end, but those were such a great moments to share together.

How has Amsterdam affected you? Does it inspire you?

It has expanded my horizons. My path was quite narrow in Italy, and here, I have the opportunity to expand my specialty, my field. Many companies are narrow, except for the biggest but Bright Computing is touching many things, adds lots of variety, lots of things to do in my career.

What kind of periodicals do you read to keep your skills updated? A piece of advice for our followers?

Following news and the right people on Twitter is very important. They can point out interesting stuff, and you will expand your network. The result is not immediate, but noticeable.

Blogs can be useful too. I read C++ blogs (like Herb Sutter and Andrzej Krzemieński) because it’s my specialty and a great variety of others, like Brian Krebs for Software Security, This week in rust for Rust and famous Diary of the Reverse Engineer, I have written an article for.

I also do many courses on Coursera, that are interesting for me. For example, I followed Software and Hardware Security, etc. Stanford Online, Yale online, Coursera are excellent starting points to reach a better understanding of more complicated topics, and they are free.

The things I have pointed out to you are not specific to what I am doing now, I am expanding on it. Even if you’re varying your job, your skills improve, but you can always expand more if you want — that’s my advice. IT moves really, really fast, faster than any field. The more you can learn the better for you. And that’s it. The more, the best. Even if the company develops your skills, it doesn’t matter that you can’t develop it furthermore, if you want. This is the best advice I could give you: develop yourself cause nobody will teach you after school.

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General

Amsterdam, as the financial and cultural center, is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. This city is well-known as Venice of the North because there you can find a lot of canals which are crossing Amsterdam. This city is ideal for english-speaking people because for 90% English is the second language (according to Eurobarometer report in 2012). Additionally, Amsterdam is one of the most attractive places for tourists in Europe (over 7 million travelers annually). Moreover, there is one interesting fact that it is near 881 000 bicycles in Amsterdam.

90%

of population speak English

7million

tourists annually

881k

bicycles in the city


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 1,437 
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 1,076 
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 2,450 
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,677
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 162
  • Internet € 37 
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 90 
  • Taxi 1km ride € 2.4 
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.6 
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 35                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 15
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
  • Beer € 4.5
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 3 
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 33 
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 12 

Healthcare

In Amsterdam before signing up with doctor`s practice, you have the opportunity to interview him/her and this interview will be charged for a consultation. Moreover, there are some doctors in Amsterdam that specialize in treating expats.

Medications are provided by pharmacies in Amsterdam that take turns staying open for 24-hours.

Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

More about health care system


Education

There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Amsterdam.

More about Higher Education 


Climate

Amsterdam, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild winters and summers. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter -1°C (30 °F). Furthermore, cloudy days are common in Amsterdam (especially from October till March).

 22°C

average temperature in summer

-1°C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Amsterdam, as a safe city, takes 5th position in the list “Safe City Index 2015”. However, in Amsterdam there are more than 881,000 bikes, so bike theft is a common thing in this city. Due to the statistics, almost everybody in Amsterdam loose 2 bikes a year. And about crime, this city is also safe for residents.

5th

position in the list "Safe City Index 2015"

79/100

Safety index


Economy

Amsterdam, as a city with a reputation for innovation, is considered as the financial and business capital of the Netherlands. Furthermore, this city is ranked the fifth in the category of cities in which to locate an international business. That`s why Amsterdam attracts top professionals from all over the world.

1552

Minimum monthly salary

3963

Average monthly salary


People

Expat communities are common in Amsterdam because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

InterNations
Meetup
Spanish expat community

  • General

    Amsterdam, as the financial and cultural center, is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. This city is well-known as Venice of the North because there you can find a lot of canals which are crossing Amsterdam. This city is ideal for english-speaking people because for 90% English is the second language (according to Eurobarometer report in 2012). Additionally, Amsterdam is one of the most attractive places for tourists in Europe (over 7 million travelers annually). Moreover, there is one interesting fact that it is near 881 000 bicycles in Amsterdam.

    90%

    of population speak English

    7million

    tourists annually

    881k

    bicycles in the city

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 1,437 
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 1,076 
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 2,450 
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,677
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 162
    • Internet € 37 
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 90 
    • Taxi 1km ride € 2.4 
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.6 
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 35                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 15
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
    • Beer € 4.5
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 3 
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 33 
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 12 
  • Healthcare

    In Amsterdam before signing up with doctor`s practice, you have the opportunity to interview him/her and this interview will be charged for a consultation. Moreover, there are some doctors in Amsterdam that specialize in treating expats.

    Medications are provided by pharmacies in Amsterdam that take turns staying open for 24-hours.

    Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

    Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Amsterdam.

    More about Higher Education 

  • Climate

    Amsterdam, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild winters and summers. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter -1°C (30 °F). Furthermore, cloudy days are common in Amsterdam (especially from October till March).

     22°C

    average temperature in summer

    -1°C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Amsterdam, as a safe city, takes 5th position in the list “Safe City Index 2015”. However, in Amsterdam there are more than 881,000 bikes, so bike theft is a common thing in this city. Due to the statistics, almost everybody in Amsterdam loose 2 bikes a year. And about crime, this city is also safe for residents.

    5th

    position in the list "Safe City Index 2015"

    79/100

    Safety index

  • Economy

    Amsterdam, as a city with a reputation for innovation, is considered as the financial and business capital of the Netherlands. Furthermore, this city is ranked the fifth in the category of cities in which to locate an international business. That`s why Amsterdam attracts top professionals from all over the world.

    1552

    Minimum monthly salary

    3963

    Average monthly salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Amsterdam because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

    InterNations
    Meetup
    Spanish expat community

General

Rotterdam, as the second largest city by population in the Netherlands, is a beautiful city with the absolutely distinct atmosphere. This city is famous for a big amount of modern architecture because a lot of buildings were destroyed during World War II. Moreover, Rotterdam has a nickname “Gateway to Europe”, because there is the largest cargo port in Europe. Besides, Rotterdam is known for the Erasmus University, which is very popular and famous nowadays.

There is one more interesting fact that Rotterdam is the most multicultural city in the Netherlands.

2d

largest city by population in the Netherlands


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 943
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 693
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,525
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 979
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 163
  • Internet € 31
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3.5
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 70
  • Taxi 1km ride € 2
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5 
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 32                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 15 
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60 
  • Beer € 4 
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.5 
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.3
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 22
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10

Healthcare

Rotterdam, as a world leader in the medical industry, offers many specialized doctors (near 19% of local employment are working in medical sector). There are 6 hospitals in Rotterdam: Erasmus Medical Centre, Erasmus MC/ Sophia, Havenziekenhuis, Ikazia ziekenhuis, Maasstad Ziekenhuis, St Franciscus Ziekenhuis.

Medications are provided by pharmacies in Rotterdam with a prescription from the doctor and without prescription for non-prescription medication.

Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

More about health care system


Education

There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Rotterdam.

More about Higher Education


Climate

Rotterdam, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild winters and summers (similar to all of the Netherlands). The average temperature in summer is 21°C (70 °F) and in winter 6°C (43 °F). Furthermore, the climate in Rotterdam is milder than in other locations, because this city is near the cost.

 21°C

average temperature in summer

C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Rotterdam is a city with one of the lowest crime rates. Crime index here is only 37.11. However, in Rotterdam is almost the same situation with bikes as in Amsterdam (bike theft). And about crime, this city is also safe for residents. If you are really worried about crime, you will like the suburbs of Rotterdam.

37/100

Crime index


Economy

Rotterdam, as one of the main centers of the shipping industry in the Netherlands, is considered as a city where a lot of well-known companies are headquartered. Furthermore, Rotterdam together with Eindhoven and Amsterdam forms the foundation of the economy of the Netherlands. That`s why Rotterdam attracts a lot of professionals and workers.

1552

Minimum monthly salary

3544

Average monthly salary


People

Expat communities are common in Rotterdam because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

InterNations

Meetup

  • General

    Rotterdam, as the second largest city by population in the Netherlands, is a beautiful city with the absolutely distinct atmosphere. This city is famous for a big amount of modern architecture because a lot of buildings were destroyed during World War II. Moreover, Rotterdam has a nickname “Gateway to Europe”, because there is the largest cargo port in Europe. Besides, Rotterdam is known for the Erasmus University, which is very popular and famous nowadays.

    There is one more interesting fact that Rotterdam is the most multicultural city in the Netherlands.

    2d

    largest city by population in the Netherlands

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 943
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 693
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,525
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 979
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 163
    • Internet € 31
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3.5
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 70
    • Taxi 1km ride € 2
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5 
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 32                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 15 
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60 
    • Beer € 4 
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.5 
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.3
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 22
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10
  • Healthcare

    Rotterdam, as a world leader in the medical industry, offers many specialized doctors (near 19% of local employment are working in medical sector). There are 6 hospitals in Rotterdam: Erasmus Medical Centre, Erasmus MC/ Sophia, Havenziekenhuis, Ikazia ziekenhuis, Maasstad Ziekenhuis, St Franciscus Ziekenhuis.

    Medications are provided by pharmacies in Rotterdam with a prescription from the doctor and without prescription for non-prescription medication.

    Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

    Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Rotterdam.

    More about Higher Education

  • Climate

    Rotterdam, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild winters and summers (similar to all of the Netherlands). The average temperature in summer is 21°C (70 °F) and in winter 6°C (43 °F). Furthermore, the climate in Rotterdam is milder than in other locations, because this city is near the cost.

     21°C

    average temperature in summer

    C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Rotterdam is a city with one of the lowest crime rates. Crime index here is only 37.11. However, in Rotterdam is almost the same situation with bikes as in Amsterdam (bike theft). And about crime, this city is also safe for residents. If you are really worried about crime, you will like the suburbs of Rotterdam.

    37/100

    Crime index

  • Economy

    Rotterdam, as one of the main centers of the shipping industry in the Netherlands, is considered as a city where a lot of well-known companies are headquartered. Furthermore, Rotterdam together with Eindhoven and Amsterdam forms the foundation of the economy of the Netherlands. That`s why Rotterdam attracts a lot of professionals and workers.

    1552

    Minimum monthly salary

    3544

    Average monthly salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Rotterdam because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

    InterNations

    Meetup

General

Eindhoven is a major city in the province of North Brabant. Until the industrial revolution (19th-20th century), this city was like a village. Less than a century later, Eindhoven becomes the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands. Today this city hosts many technically oriented companies and the Eindhoven University of Technology. Furthermore, Eindhoven became a capital of Dutch design in the last ten years. Additionally, this city is the "greenest" in the country.

5th

largest city in the Netherlands

1st

among the 'greenest' cities in the country


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 922
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 693
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,388
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,056 
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 150 
  • Internet € 30
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3.6
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 58
  • Taxi 1km ride € 3 
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 29                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 15
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 58
  • Beer € 3.5
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.5
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.4
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 21
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10

Healthcare

In Eindhoven most doctors and specialists speak English in hospitals. However, you can ask for translators to be present at the consultation. All family doctors have to have the same education in the Netherlands and before signing up with doctor`s practice, you have the opportunity to interview him/her and choose the right family doctor. Furthermore, there is 24/7 medical and pharmacists coverage in Eindhoven.

Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

More about health care system


Education

There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Eindhoven.

More about Higher Education 


Climate

Eindhoven, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with cold winters and warm summers. The average temperature in summer is 21°C (70 °F) and in winter 6°C (43°F). Furthermore, frosts are common in winter in Eindhoven.

 21°C

average temperature in summer

C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Eindhoven is a safe city with the low crime rate. For instance, the gun death rate here is 0.58 per 100 000 people a year (compared to other cities Eindhoven is a place with almost no guns). Due to the Teleport, Eindhoven is in position 45 of 265 in a ranking for the safest cities (where 1 is the best and 265 — the worst) and due to the Numbeo, crime index here is only 24.29/100.

45th

position in the list among 265 the safest cities "Teleport"

76/100

Safety index


Economy

Eindhoven, as a city which has grown from a little town, now is considered as one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands. Furthermore, this city attracts many hi-tech companies. That`s why Eindhoven is a major technology and industrial hub. Now, this city attracts a lot of highly-skilled migrants.

1552

Minimum monthly salary

3949

Average monthly salary


People

Expat communities are common in Eindhoven because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

InterNations

Meetup ExpatEEC

Meetup The Hub Eindhoven

  • General

    Eindhoven is a major city in the province of North Brabant. Until the industrial revolution (19th-20th century), this city was like a village. Less than a century later, Eindhoven becomes the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands. Today this city hosts many technically oriented companies and the Eindhoven University of Technology. Furthermore, Eindhoven became a capital of Dutch design in the last ten years. Additionally, this city is the "greenest" in the country.

    5th

    largest city in the Netherlands

    1st

    among the 'greenest' cities in the country

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 922
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 693
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,388
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,056 
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 150 
    • Internet € 30
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3.6
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 58
    • Taxi 1km ride € 3 
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 29                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 15
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 58
    • Beer € 3.5
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.5
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.4
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 21
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10
  • Healthcare

    In Eindhoven most doctors and specialists speak English in hospitals. However, you can ask for translators to be present at the consultation. All family doctors have to have the same education in the Netherlands and before signing up with doctor`s practice, you have the opportunity to interview him/her and choose the right family doctor. Furthermore, there is 24/7 medical and pharmacists coverage in Eindhoven.

    Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

    Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Eindhoven.

    More about Higher Education 

  • Climate

    Eindhoven, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with cold winters and warm summers. The average temperature in summer is 21°C (70 °F) and in winter 6°C (43°F). Furthermore, frosts are common in winter in Eindhoven.

     21°C

    average temperature in summer

    C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Eindhoven is a safe city with the low crime rate. For instance, the gun death rate here is 0.58 per 100 000 people a year (compared to other cities Eindhoven is a place with almost no guns). Due to the Teleport, Eindhoven is in position 45 of 265 in a ranking for the safest cities (where 1 is the best and 265 — the worst) and due to the Numbeo, crime index here is only 24.29/100.

    45th

    position in the list among 265 the safest cities "Teleport"

    76/100

    Safety index

  • Economy

    Eindhoven, as a city which has grown from a little town, now is considered as one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands. Furthermore, this city attracts many hi-tech companies. That`s why Eindhoven is a major technology and industrial hub. Now, this city attracts a lot of highly-skilled migrants.

    1552

    Minimum monthly salary

    3949

    Average monthly salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Eindhoven because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

    InterNations

    Meetup ExpatEEC

    Meetup The Hub Eindhoven

General

Hoofddorp, as a little town near Amsterdam, is literally translated as Main Village. This town is in the Defense line of Amsterdam (a 135 km long ring of fortifications around Amsterdam). Furthermore, this town has a good transport connection to a big amount of cities. For instance, Den Haag, Amsterdam, Leiden, etc. Moreover, Hoofddorp is not far from Schiphol Airport, that's why here you can find a lot of hotels. There is one interesting fact that the Netherlands Aviation Safety Board was headquartered in this town. In addition, there are a lot of places in Hoofddorp, such as shopping malls, restaurants, bars, discotheques, spring and summer festivals.

More about Hoofddorp


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 775 
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 650 
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,195 
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 965
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 143
  • Internet € 40 
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 75 
  • Taxi 1km ride € 2 
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5 
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 29                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 15
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
  • Beer € 3
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 2 
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 1
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 22 
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 8 

Healthcare

In Hoofddorp you have the opportunity to choose your general practitioner. Moreover, there are 3 hospitals in this city. Medications are provided by all pharmacies in Hoofddorp. However, you need a prescription from a doctor for some medicines. Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone. Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

More about health care system


Education

There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR.

More about Higher Education


Climate

Hoofddorp, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild winters and summers. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter -1°C (30 °F).

 22°C

average temperature in summer

-1°C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Hoofddorp, as a small city, is a peaceful place for living. Most people in this city feel safe because a crime rate is low in Hoofddorp.


Economy

Hoofddorp, as a small city near Amsterdam, has not so big economic potential. However, big companies and low prices attract more and more highly educated employees.

1552

Minimum monthly salary

3850

Average monthly salary


  • General

    Hoofddorp, as a little town near Amsterdam, is literally translated as Main Village. This town is in the Defense line of Amsterdam (a 135 km long ring of fortifications around Amsterdam). Furthermore, this town has a good transport connection to a big amount of cities. For instance, Den Haag, Amsterdam, Leiden, etc. Moreover, Hoofddorp is not far from Schiphol Airport, that's why here you can find a lot of hotels. There is one interesting fact that the Netherlands Aviation Safety Board was headquartered in this town. In addition, there are a lot of places in Hoofddorp, such as shopping malls, restaurants, bars, discotheques, spring and summer festivals.

    More about Hoofddorp

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 775 
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 650 
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,195 
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 965
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 143
    • Internet € 40 
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 75 
    • Taxi 1km ride € 2 
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5 
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 29                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 15
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
    • Beer € 3
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 2 
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 1
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 22 
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 8 
  • Healthcare

    In Hoofddorp you have the opportunity to choose your general practitioner. Moreover, there are 3 hospitals in this city. Medications are provided by all pharmacies in Hoofddorp. However, you need a prescription from a doctor for some medicines. Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone. Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR.

    More about Higher Education

  • Climate

    Hoofddorp, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild winters and summers. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter -1°C (30 °F).

     22°C

    average temperature in summer

    -1°C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Hoofddorp, as a small city, is a peaceful place for living. Most people in this city feel safe because a crime rate is low in Hoofddorp.

  • Economy

    Hoofddorp, as a small city near Amsterdam, has not so big economic potential. However, big companies and low prices attract more and more highly educated employees.

    1552

    Minimum monthly salary

    3850

    Average monthly salary

General

Utrecht, as one of the oldest cities, is the most populous city and the capital of the province of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Here you can find a big amount of historical buildings, shops, museums. Furthermore, Utrecht hosts famous festivals every year. As the "most vibrant city" in the Netherlands, Utrecht is one of the most comfortable places for living. This city is well known for the largest student population in the country. So more than 60% of inhabitants are highly educated.

There is one interesting fact that Utrecht is a real bicycle city with long bicycle roads and big parking facilities.

4th

largest city in the Netherlands


Cost of living

Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 1,003
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 736
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,697
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,250
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 147
  • Internet € 28
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.5
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 62
  • Taxi 1km ride € 2
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 31                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 15
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
  • Beer € 5
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.6
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 24
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10.5

Healthcare

In the Dutch healthcare system, your doctor/general practitioner plays the main role. Because when you are ill, you consult your general practitioner, who will give a special letter for a medical specialist. That`s why you need to sign up for doctor`s practice.

Medications are provided by pharmacies, chemists and supermarkets in Utrecht. Most medicine is covered by insurance (only if you have a prescription). However, you can buy some drugs without a prescription.

Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

More about health care system


Education

There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Utrecht.

More about education system


Climate

Utrecht, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild summers and winters. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter 3°C (37 °F).

 22°C

average summer temperature

C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Utrecht is a very safe city, as the rest of the country. This city has a safety level of 67% safe according to Numbeo`s rating. However, as in every city you have to be more careful at night and in overcrowded places. And about crime, this city is also safe for residents.

67/100

Numbeo

Safety Index


Economy

Utrecht is a center of water, railway, and road infrastructure in the Netherlands. However, according to the economic strategy, this city is working on improving the living and working environment. Utrecht, as one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands, is a city with 3 main values in business quality, creativity and sustainability. Now Utrecht attracts professionals from many countries.

1552

Minimum monthly salary

3600

Average monthly

salary


People

Expat communities are common in Utrecht because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help if it is needed.

Meetup

InterNations

Expat Utrecht

  • General

    Utrecht, as one of the oldest cities, is the most populous city and the capital of the province of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Here you can find a big amount of historical buildings, shops, museums. Furthermore, Utrecht hosts famous festivals every year. As the "most vibrant city" in the Netherlands, Utrecht is one of the most comfortable places for living. This city is well known for the largest student population in the country. So more than 60% of inhabitants are highly educated.

    There is one interesting fact that Utrecht is a real bicycle city with long bicycle roads and big parking facilities.

    4th

    largest city in the Netherlands

  • Cost of living

    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 1,003
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 736
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,697
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,250
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 147
    • Internet € 28
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.5
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 62
    • Taxi 1km ride € 2
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 31                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 15
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
    • Beer € 5
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.6
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 24
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10.5
  • Healthcare

    In the Dutch healthcare system, your doctor/general practitioner plays the main role. Because when you are ill, you consult your general practitioner, who will give a special letter for a medical specialist. That`s why you need to sign up for doctor`s practice.

    Medications are provided by pharmacies, chemists and supermarkets in Utrecht. Most medicine is covered by insurance (only if you have a prescription). However, you can buy some drugs without a prescription.

    Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

    Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Utrecht.

    More about education system

  • Climate

    Utrecht, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild summers and winters. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter 3°C (37 °F).

     22°C

    average summer temperature

    C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Utrecht is a very safe city, as the rest of the country. This city has a safety level of 67% safe according to Numbeo`s rating. However, as in every city you have to be more careful at night and in overcrowded places. And about crime, this city is also safe for residents.

    67/100

    Numbeo

    Safety Index

  • Economy

    Utrecht is a center of water, railway, and road infrastructure in the Netherlands. However, according to the economic strategy, this city is working on improving the living and working environment. Utrecht, as one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands, is a city with 3 main values in business quality, creativity and sustainability. Now Utrecht attracts professionals from many countries.

    1552

    Minimum monthly salary

    3600

    Average monthly

    salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Utrecht because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help if it is needed.

    Meetup

    InterNations

    Expat Utrecht

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