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.
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.
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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