About

The Netherlands is a small country with picturesque landscapes and the breathtaking architecture.The most notable, worth visiting cities in the Netherlands are: Amsterdam, Delft, Groningen, The Hague, Leiden, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Rotterdam and Utrecht. Furthermore, this beautiful and safe country is a great place for living and working. This country is famous for its environmental policy. For instance, there are more bikes than people in the Netherlands. Also in the Netherlands near 100,000 people use plug-in electric cars. So, we can call the Netherlands the country of the future.

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Interesting facts about the Netherlands

Capital
Amsterdam
Population
16 930 000
Number of migrants
1 900 000
Timezone
UTC +1
Currency
EUR
Minimal salary
€ 1,552 ($ 1,656)
HDI Rank
Number of international airports
5
Index of English proficiency
Very High Proficiency

Higher education

There is a three-level educational system in Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO) and academic (WO) 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 ($ 2,080), but for non-EU students Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between € 6,000 ($ 6,400) and € 15,000 ($ 16,000) and for Master’s programmes between € 8,000 ($ 8,535) and € 20,000 ($ 21,340).


Schooling

School education is compulsory in the Netherlands for children from 5 to 18 years, but it is more common to start primary school the day after fourth birthday. First 12 years at school children have full-time education, after that they have one-two years of part-time education until 18.

Primary and secondary schools are free, but usually parents pay € 100 ($ 110) per year for the voluntary contribution. Furthermore, there are private primary and secondary schools in the Netherlands and fees start from € 10,000 ($ 10,670) per year.

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Kindergartens

There are different ways of childcare options in the Netherlands:

1) public daycare (from 8 am to 6-8 pm, but it is difficult to get there, because of the waiting list);

2) private daycare (24-hour care, but this way of childcare options is quite expensive);

3) pre-school/playgroups (it is more comfortable for people who work part-time);

4) after-school care (until 12).


Healthcare

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.

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Salary requirements for highly-skilled workers (2017)

Highly skilled migrants above 30: € 4,670 ($ 4,990) gross per month.
Highly skilled migrants below 30: € 3,425 ($ 3,660) gross per month.
International graduates: € 2,455 ($ 2,620) gross per month.

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