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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 09, 2024

Summary: People describe life in Netherlands as modern, progressive, and vibrant. Expats love the country's excellent public transportation, its high quality of life, and its diverse culture. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,500 per month. The population of Netherlands is 17.3 million, and the largest cities are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht. The cons of living in Netherlands include the high cost of living, the language barrier, and the weather.

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to The Netherlands, they said:

"Before planning a retirement in the Netherlands, expats should familiarize themselves with the local language, Dutch. Although many Dutch people speak good English, it is still beneficial to learn the basics so meaningful connections with the locals can be made more easily. Additionally, Visa requirements should be researched thoroughly as the Netherlands has strict regulations for expat visas. It is important to get acquainted with the local healthcare system and research availability of private plans. Living costs in the Netherlands tend to be relatively high, but expats may take advantage of the generous tax breaks available for pensioners. Lastly, the Netherlands is renowned for its vibrant culture, festivals and rich literature, introducing retirees to a variety of new experiences," explained one expat living in Netherlands.

"Utrecht is nice, but finding a house is very difficult. There is a shortage of rooms and appartments," said one expat in Utrecht.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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