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Tilburg, The Netherlands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

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

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Will I be able to find a job in Tilburg?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Tilburg, they reponded:

"Tilburg is a town (pop. 180,000-200,000), situated in the North Brabant prov., South of Netherlands, near the Belgian border. Woolen textiles are the primary manufactured products. It is the site of the Catholic School of Economics and of the University of Tilburg. There aren't any international or large companies operating in the area. Most of the businesses are local owned: constructions, engineering, electrical, supply and logistics. Most of the people here find their jobs through the Employment Agencies, but, again, the main requirement is to master Dutch language. You don't master it, don't come here. Unless you have plenty of cash to spend," explained one expat living in Tilburg.

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What do expats in Tilburg appreciate most about the local culture?

"Being and talking, most of the time, in a straight forward manner. Sort of 'business like', not losing any time with additional "chit-chat". And fairness as a general trade of the Dutch. I come to enjoy them both," said another person in Tilburg.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"First learning the language. Although I do speak 5 languages, Dutch is by far one of the most difficult languages I've ever studied. Second, overcoming the social barrier between you and the Dutch. It is pretty hard for a "vremdelingen" (foreigner) to get accepted by Dutch to the extent to exchange invitations to dinner or going out in a weekend trip together both families. Third, although they don't say it loud or make an obvious point of it, Dutch tend to consider themselves better than many other nations. And in some respects (quite a lot) they are better than most," remarked another expat in Tilburg.

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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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