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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is it like to retire in Netherlands? Retirees share their experiences living in Netherlands.

How do I meet people in The Netherlands?

When we asked people living in The Netherlands about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"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 ," added another person in Hilversum.

"I'd start with ACCESS (access-nl.org) and The Hague Online (thehagueonline.com), and go from there," remarked another retiree in The Hague.

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What is life like in The Netherlands?

When we asked people living in The Netherlands what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"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," said another retiree in Hilversum.

"The Hague is the seat of government for the Netherlands. So in addition to the Queen, Ministries and Dutch Parliament, it is home to foreign embassies and a host of international organizations (many UN) as well as international businesses. I think of it as a capital city with a small town feel. Lots of greenery and park land, with beautiful dune beaches along the North Sea. Plenty to do, with fewer tourists than in Amsterdam," commented one retiree living in The Hague, Netherlands.

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What do I need to know before retiring in The Netherlands?

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

"With its international flavor and resources supporting expats, The Hague is what I think is a relatively easy city in which to find your way. It's also an easy starting place to travel throughout the Netherlands and a great place from which to visit other countries," said another retiree in The Hague.

"hmmm difficult. Actually nothing in tone of warning... just DO IT! It's a great place," commented one retiree living in Leiden, Netherlands.

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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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