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Bergen aan Zee, 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 Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Bergen aan Zee?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bergen aan Zee, they said:

"Bergen aan Zee is a small coastal village in the province of North Holland, known for its beautiful beaches and nature reserves. The official language is Dutch, but English is widely spoken and understood, especially in the tourism and hospitality sectors. The cost of living in Bergen aan Zee can be quite high, especially when it comes to housing, as it is a popular tourist destination. The weather in Bergen aan Zee is typically mild, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. It's advisable to have a good raincoat and umbrella due to frequent rain. Public transportation is reliable and efficient, with regular bus services connecting Bergen aan Zee to nearby towns and cities. However, like much of the Netherlands, cycling is a popular mode of transport. The Netherlands has a high standard of healthcare, and it is mandatory for everyone to have at least basic health insurance. The Dutch education system is of a high standard, with a range of public, private, and international schools to choose from. Bergen aan Zee is a safe place to live, with a low crime rate. However, as with any place, it's important to take basic safety precautions. The Dutch are known for their directness in communication, which can sometimes be perceived as blunt by people from other cultures. The Netherlands has a strong work-life balance culture, and this is reflected in Bergen aan Zee, where leisure activities and family time are highly valued. The Dutch cuisine is simple and hearty, with a focus on dairy products, meat, and fish. The village also offers a variety of international cuisines due to its touristic nature. It's important to register with the local municipality as soon as you move to Bergen aan Zee, as this is necessary for opening a bank account, getting a job, and accessing healthcare. Finally, it's worth noting that the Dutch are environmentally conscious, with strong recycling programs and a focus on sustainable living," remarked one expat living in Bergen aan Zee, The 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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