Retire in The Netherlands

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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 ," commented one retiree living in Hilversum, Netherlands.

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

"I never contacted any, I have built my social life slowly, friends from work, or that I've met in different situations," said another retiree in living in Leiden, Netherlands.

"Has a great Sports club - Special Sports. They have a featured sport every night where people can just show up and play along with the group. This is very well organised and features basketball, badminton, indoor soccer, table tennis, squash. In the summer, tennis and beach volleyball (I didn't believe it either - but they have two courts next to the tennis - and it's popular). Additionally, because of the large expat community (Amstelveen has the largest Japanese community in the Netherlands), there is a very large International school, many Japanese restaurants and a nice amateur Baseball club. Cricket club, too... and even a Rugby club. Amstelveen borders Amsterdam on its southern border - so there are all the expat conveniences there too. Largest shopping mall in the region," explained a retiree in Amstelveen.

"If you are a student, there are a few organizations that offer services in English at the university. One is Bureau Buitenland. Another is The Bridge. For older working professionals, there is a network of foreigners in the area. I suggest a few pubs in town such as the one at the cinema Lux. Another really gezellig thing to do is take latin dancing lessons, latin people are really open and friendly," explained one retiree living in Nijmegen.

"Crossroads International Church, Amsterdam (20-minute drive from Haarlem) English-language, non-denominational, evangelical," said another member in Haarlem.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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