[Netherlands] Advice for US expats relocating to the Netherlands

Expatriates from the US may find it harder than British expats to integrate into European society,emigrate.co.uk reports.

Because European cultural norms are more familiar to the British, it is possible that US expats may find adapting to the nuances of European culture more challenging. The emigration guidance site compares it to a US expatriate moving to Canada. They may find many things unchanged and will not have to learn a new language.

However,the same expat moving to the Netherlands will be facing a brand new language, its Europe-centric culture and more complications fitting in. In the Netherlands, the tech sector is thriving and the country is aspiring to become Europe’s Silicon Valley.

The country offers good opportunities but it is important to be organised when approaching a new lifestyle and culture. Relocation specialists can have invaluable advice on transit and specialist shippers can assist with entry taxes and other laws you may encounter if shipping large quantities of household goods on your move.

Expats must have Dutch health insurance to join the Dutch healthcare system, without exception, even if you are covered by an existing US policy. It is practical to apply for a Dutch bank account. Contributions must be made to the Dutch social security scheme. As a contributor, you will have the protection of social security benefits, in the event of anything going wrong.

Speaking with a financial advisor will help you to understand any tax treaties between your home country and the Netherlands. This could save you money. The Dutch tax regime requires that you pay local municipal taxes and water rates yourself, in addition to taxes paid via your employer. The Dutch are helpful and understanding towards expats moving through the transition process.