Live and work in The Netherlands

If you want to relocate to The Netherlands here are some general facts:

  • The Netherlands is a small country with a surface of 41.540 km2, of which 27% are below sea level.
  • The Netherlands is a kingdom with a democracy in which power is divided between the king (queen), ministers and parliament.
  • The country has 12 provinces. Each province has its representatives and leaders.
  • The number of inhabitants is approximately 17 million, making The Netherlands among the countries with the highest population density in the world.
  • Official language is Dutch. Over 80% of the population speaks fluently English. Many speak also German and French to some extent.
  • The Netherlands is one of the founding members of the European Union (EU) and has an open economy that is among the top 20 in the world.
  • The country has a developed infrastructure and efficient public transport system, one of the best in the world.
  • Payment currency is the euro €.



Work in The Netherlands

In order to apply for a job in The Netherlands you need the following:

  • BSN (Burgerservicenummer): a kind of social security number that you will receive once on the first time when you register yourself on a dutch address.
  • health insurance: like no other country in the EU, here in The Netherlands there is a compulsory health insurance besides the social and health taxes that will be deducted from your monthly salary. The costs begin around €120 per person per month for the most basic one.
  • work permit: only for citizens outside the EU (European Union) or EEA (European Economic Area).


Rent a house

The cheapest rent you will probably find in The Netherlands will cost you  around 300-500 € per month for a room in a shared house or apartment and begins around 650 – 1.000 € for a whole apartment or small house, depending on location. In big cities, like Amsterdam or Utrecht, the amount may be much higher.


In order to rent a place you need the following:

  • proof of income: a work contract for at least one year.
  • deposit: 1 month rent + GWE (gas, water, electra) costs for 1 month upfront. 

If you have complains about the quality of accommodation, you must always ask first the owner of the building first. If he or she takes no action please contact the municipal authorities.
Here you can find rooms, apartments and houses for rent in all cities across the Netherlands. The site has complete version with descriptions in English.


Buy a house in The Netherlands

As crazy as it sounds but you have high chances of getting a mortgage in The Netherlands as an expat in the first years of living and working in this country if you have a good salary.  Because the salaries in the IT sector are quite high, buying a house can be a better option than renting if you are planning to say at least for 2 – 3 years.

Here are the compulsory conditions in order to apply for a mortgage in The Netherlands from one of the most popular mortgage companies:

  • You have a permanent residence permit.
  • You are from a European country, have lived in the Netherlands for over six months and have a permanent employment contract or letter of intent from your employer.
  • You are from a non-European country, but are recognised as a highly skilled migrant by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service. As a highly skilled migrant, the same regulations as a European expat apply to you.

See  more details one their english webpage here: