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Schoorl, The Netherlands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Schoorl?

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

"Schoorl is a small village in the Netherlands, known for its beautiful nature, including the highest dunes in the country. The official language is Dutch, but English is widely spoken, especially in the larger cities and tourist areas. The cost of living in Schoorl can be quite high, especially when it comes to housing, so it's important to budget accordingly. The Netherlands has a comprehensive healthcare system, and it's mandatory for everyone to have basic health insurance. Public transportation is efficient and reliable, with buses connecting Schoorl to nearby cities like Alkmaar and Amsterdam. The Dutch are known for their love of cycling, and Schoorl is no exception, with many bike paths and bike rental shops available. The weather in Schoorl is typically mild, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. The Dutch education system is of a high standard, with a range of options for international students. Schoorl is a safe place to live, with low crime rates, but it's always important to take standard precautions. The Dutch are known for their directness in communication, which can sometimes be perceived as blunt by foreigners. The Netherlands has a strong work-life balance culture, with many people working part-time and spending a lot of time outdoors. Dutch cuisine is hearty and simple, with popular dishes including stamppot (mashed potatoes with vegetables) and herring. The Netherlands has a high standard of environmental sustainability, with a strong focus on recycling and renewable energy. Schoorl is a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer, so it can get quite busy. The Dutch are generally tolerant and open-minded, with progressive attitudes towards social issues. Finally, it's important to note that the Netherlands has a complex tax system, so it may be beneficial to seek advice from a tax consultant," said one expat in Schoorl.

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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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