The Netherlands: a challenge for expats?

Dutch Windmills
The Netherlands is a popular expat destination. Photo by Michal Soukup on Unsplash

Since 2014, InterNations, a platform dedicated to connecting expats from all over the world, has released yearly reports on expats’ perceptions of their host countries. Let’s take a look at how The Netherlands scored in 2019’s report!

Criteria to consider

The survey looked at 64 countries. The overall ranking for each of these was based on dimensions such as quality of life, ease of settling in, personal finance, working abroad, and family life, each with their own sub-dimensions.

The Netherlands in the top half favorite expat destinations

When it comes to the top expat destinations of 2019, the low-lying country ranked 24th, which places it in the top half favorite expat destinations. For reference, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Portugal occupied the first three places, while Greece, Russia, and South Korea earned the last three.

Difficult to find friends

Expats ranked The Netherlands the 43rd country in terms of ease of settling in. As part of this, places in the lower half of the ranking were obtained for feeling at home (48th), friendliness (46th), and finding friends (56th). Joining the last 10 countries when it comes to making friends, expats in the country of windmills and tulips find it challenging to connect with the Dutch.

Finding friends in The Netherlands
Expats have trouble finding friends in The Netherlands so they usually flock together. Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

On the bright side

There is encouraging news for those who haven’t mastered Dutch yet: The Netherlands earned the 18th place when it comes to the ease of getting around without knowing the language.

Similarly, the quality of life is high (17th place), the factors most appreciated by expats being the travel & transportation (11th place), safety & security (15th place), and the digital life (10th place).

Lastly, The Netherlands excels when it comes to the work experience, securing the 5th place, with high work & leisure scores (9th place) and likewise high economy & job security (4th place).

A great place nonetheless

Despite a few less flattering rankings on some dimensions, overall, The Netherlands remains a great expat destination, with many active expat communities all over the country.

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Silviu Alexandru Costea

Silviu Alexandru Costea

Silviu A. Costea is a psychology student with a deep appreciation for beauty, may it be in art, science, nature, or anywhere else. With his passion for writing and experience as an international student, he is dedicated to providing quality content on various topics. He is a keen listener and he is convinced that everyone has a story worth sharing.

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