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Life in the Netherlands through the eyes of Amsterdam’s most sarcastic expat.

Cheese and Whine Five Things The Dutch Blame Expats For

Dutch blame expats for high rent

Five Things The Dutch Blame Expats For Firstly, I’d like to make something very clear. It’s tough being Dutch. After all, the Netherlands is only the seventh largest economy in the EU. Poverty is practically non-existent and the country has extensive social benefits and a first class affordable medical system. …

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The Netherlands National Heatwave Plan In English

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The Netherlands Heatwave Plan The Netherlands has been experiencing freak weather for weeks. By freak weather, I am of course referring to a prolonged heatwave. At the time of writing this, it hasn’t rained for weeks. I see confused and shocked expats and locals on Facebook asking each other, “what’s …

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5 Reasons Why The Dutch Love Caravans and Campers

The Dutch love caravans and campervans

The Dutch love of caravans and campers If you’re a single expat that’s recently moved to the Netherlands, you may have been somewhat confused while swiping your way through Tinder profiles to see photos of attractive singles taken in front of their caravans or campers. The explanation for this is …

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The Great 30% Ruling Robbery

The 30% ruling tax benefit changed

The Great 30% Ruling Benefit Robbery Imagine the outcry if the Dutch government were to announce that from 2019 tax relief on mortgages would not only be significantly reduced but that the change will be retroactive for the previous three years. There would be an orange revolution! The Dutch wouldn’t stand …

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The Quality Service Of PostNL

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The high-quality service of PostNL In the past, the Shallow Man has written about the high-quality service of PostNL. Based on personal experience, PostNL should have the following mission statement: Develop community spirit by delivering packages to complete strangers, thus enabling people to get to know each other Improve the …

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The Use of Propaganda By The VVD In The Dutch Municipal Elections 2018

Dutch municipal elections 2018

Propaganda by the VVD in the Dutch municipal elections 2018 Propaganda, a definition Dissemination of information—facts, arguments, rumours, half-truths, or lies—to influence public opinion. (source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/propaganda) The Dutch Municipal Elections 2018 The Dutch municipal elections 2018 are taking place on March 21st, 2018.  If you’re an EU citizen you have the …

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Scenes From The Dutch Schoolpleinpolitiek With Expats

Scenes From The Dutch Schoolpleinpolitiek An expat reader of mine who goes by the clever name of Sue Denim has been kind enough to provide her observations of the complex intercultural human interaction that takes place during the school run. The mysteries of the Dutch schoolpleinpolitiek are revealed in this …

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