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An Expat Talks about Living in Hilversum, Netherlands

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Hilversum

How long have you lived there?

10 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Hilversum International mums and tots group, English speaking group of mums and children who Meet every Thursday during term time, from 9.30-11.30 At De Lelie buurtcentrum, Lelie Straat Hilversum. For more information contact

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

In my experience most people speak very good English, and when help is needed most people are willing to help.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Nike have their European HQ here, which employs many expats, 2 international primary schools 1international secondary school

Easy commute by train 20 minutes intercity to Amsterdam Centraal, 25 minutes intercity to Amsterdam WTC, 20 minutes to Utrecht Central and 20 minutes to Amersfoort. Many large corporate companies within these areas.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Very family orientated, most restaurants welcome children, Lots of cafe culture in the summer, Moderate nightlife, mostly bars with dance floors, Lots of places to go running and nearly all the roads have designated bike paths.

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