Utrecht, The Netherlands

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

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

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

"For the first time in 20 years I am riding a cycle !...and using public transport. I love how everyone skates when there is ice - I purchased my first pair of ice skates during our first winter. Appreciation of the sun....I really took that for granted. Nederlanders worship the sun," explained one expat living in Utrecht.

"The Dutch are very outdoorsy and I love that. They cycle everywhere and any time there is sun, no matter what the weather, you will find them out basking in it. It's the cycling culture that I have completely fallen in love with. I also enjoy how environmentally friendly they are. Most companies will reimburse employees 100% of their travel expenses as long as they use public transportation. The bikes take people most places and rarely do you get a plastic bag with your shopping purchase unless you pay extra for them. Most people carry their own vinyl bags for shopping or stuff purchases in a large purse, backpack, or bag. Time is also appreciated. Employees get, on average, five weeks of vacation in addition to the many many holidays. The average work week is 36 hours and an astounding number of people work four days a week. Healthcare is also affordable and easy to come by. Everyone must be covered by law. The government also gives generous childcare aid and maternity and paternity leaves are recognized," said another expat in Utrecht.

What do expats find most challenging?

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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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