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Wassenaar, The Netherlands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 13, 2023

Summary: People describe Wassenaar, Netherlands as a peaceful, affluent, and picturesque town. Expats love the small-town feel, the close proximity to the beach, and the easy access to the nearby cities of The Hague and Amsterdam. The weather in Wassenaar is mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s in the winter to the mid-60s in the summer (Fahrenheit). The average cost of living for an expat is quite high, with estimates ranging from $2,500 to $4,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Wassenaar is around $1,500 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost up to $2,500 per month. The approximate population of Wassenaar is around 25,000.

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What are the schools in Wassenaar like?

"The school is a good fit for families that prioritize a quick integration into the community for their children and families. The staff is well trained in ensuring kids' needs are identified and recognized early for a successful transition. ASH is trying to find a balance between its American education mission and its large number of northern European families that prefer a gentler educational approach in early education years - thus, families coming from rigorous suburban public or private schools may find the curriculum less challenging at the elementary and middle school levels. The majority of teachers are very strong and have extensive experience in international schools. However, the school has a difficult time parting with less effective teachers. For families that prioritize the education of the student as a whole individual and a successful transition to a new country, this is a welcoming environment. For those that prioritize strong educational quality above all else, it is not," added another expat with kids at American School of the Hague in Wassenaar.

"If your child has high IQ you should discuss it with the admissions and teachers in advance," commented one expat when asked about American School of The Hague in Wassenaar in Wassenaar.

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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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