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Den Bosch, The Netherlands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Den Bosch, Netherlands: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Den Bosch?

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

"Den Bosch, also known as 's-Hertogenbosch, is a city in the southern part of the Netherlands and is the capital of the province of North Brabant. The city is known for its historical buildings, museums, and its annual carnival celebration. Before moving to Den Bosch, expats should know that the official language is Dutch, but English is widely spoken and understood. It's also beneficial to learn some basic Dutch phrases to help with daily life and integration into the local community. The cost of living in Den Bosch is relatively high, similar to other Dutch cities. Rent, groceries, and dining out can be expensive, but the quality of life is generally considered to be excellent. Den Bosch has a well-developed public transportation system, including buses and trains, making it easy to get around the city and travel to other parts of the Netherlands. Cycling is also a popular mode of transportation, and there are many bike paths throughout the city. The city has a variety of housing options, from modern apartments to traditional Dutch houses. It's recommended to start looking for accommodation well in advance of your move, as the housing market can be competitive. Den Bosch has a strong job market, particularly in sectors such as technology, engineering, and healthcare. However, it's advisable to secure a job before moving to the city. The city has a rich cultural scene, with many museums, art galleries, and music venues. It's also home to the famous St. John's Cathedral, one of the largest and most impressive Gothic churches in the Netherlands. The Dutch are known for their direct communication style, which can sometimes be perceived as blunt by foreigners. It's important to understand this cultural difference to avoid misunderstandings. The weather in Den Bosch is typically mild, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. It's advisable to invest in good quality rain gear, as it can rain frequently throughout the year. Finally, the Dutch healthcare system is excellent, but it's mandatory to have health insurance. It's important to arrange this as soon as possible after arriving in the Netherlands," said one expat in Den Bosch.

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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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