Moving to the Netherlands







Basic information The Netherlands:

If you are moving to The Netherlands, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

Official Name Kingdom of the Netherlands
Population 16.902.217 (2015)
Capital City Amsterdam
Government Democratic parliamentary monarchy
King: Willem-AlexanderPrime Minister: Mark Rutte
Official language Dutch
Foreign languages commonly spoken English, French, German & Spanish
Religions Christian and Muslim
Currency Euro €
International dialing code +31

Are you moving to the Netherlands? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best  removal quotes from our international removal companies.


The education system in The Netherlands has many different types of schools. If you ae moving to the Netherlands it might be sufficient to know that it is compulsory for children to go to school from the age 5. You need to enroll your children on time because some Dutch schools have a waiting list. The Dutch system can be divided in the following:

  • Primary education (Compulsory for children from age 5 to 12)
  • Secondary education (Compulsory for children from age 12 to 16). The Dutch education system is as followed:
    • VMBO (4 different levels and takes 4 years)
    • HAVO (Takes 5 years)
    • VWO (2 levels and takes 6 years)
  • Secondary vocational education (consists of 4 different levels and usually will take up to 4 years)
  • Higher education (consists of 2 levels, most educations will take up to 3-4 years of schooling without any delay)
    • HBO
    • Universiteit

All these levels require pupils or students to get sufficient grades, otherwise there is a possibility for them to get a delay. If you are moving to the Netherlands and your family, including your child, has obtained a Dutch Passport and your child is studying for a secondary vocational diploma or Higher education then you can apply for a Studiefinanciering, which is a subsidy for your child as long as he/she is studying.

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The unemployment rate in The Netherlands was 6.7% as of December 2014. If you are moving to the Netherlands then it might be useful to know that most people move to the cities like Amsterdam or Rotterdam because there are more job opportunities there. If you have a passport from the EU or EEA, you have the right to work and live in the Netherlands. Otherwise you will have to apply for a working permit. While you are applying for it, you are prohibited to travel to any of the other Schengen states until the decision has been made. Your company must then be able to prove that you have certain skills. If you wish to change your company, you will have to apply for a new working permit.

If your are moving to the Netherlands then it is good to know that there are many job opportunities for expats because there are many international companies in The Netherlands. If you do not have a job before moving, then you can find many vacancies from (online) recruitment agencies.


Bank account

The main Dutch banks are: ABN AMRO, ING bank, SNS and Rabobank. If you are moving to the Netherlands but have a bank card from one of the banks in the EU, it should not be a problem to withdraw money from the ATM (which is in Dutch: Geldautomaat). Moreover, if you are moving to the Netherlands, you can open a bank account in The Netherlands, however you will need to provide the following documents:

  • valid ID, plus residence permit if applicable;
  • BSN burgerservicenummer (You’ll get this when you register with the GBA or directly from the tax office)
  • Proof of address (bevolkingsregister extract, utility bill, rental contract etc.).

Keep in mind that you will have to pay monthly fees for your bank account (such as administration costs for example).


It is important to have the right international removal company if you are moving to the Netherlands, however you will also need to apply for a visa. The following visas are applicable:

  • Short stay visa

A Schengen visa, in case you want to stay up to 90 days within a 180-day ‘free period’. The free period begins on the date on which you first enter the Netherlands or the Schengen area. The visa is valid for all the Schengen countries. However if you travel to the other Schengen countries, you will have to provide supporting documents concerning your visit and finances.

  • Long stay visa

If you plan to stay longer than 90 days, then you must apply for an ‘authorization for temporary stay (MVV)’, also known as an ‘entry visa’ or ‘type D visa’.

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Cost of living

The cost of living in The Netherlands is similar to the other countries in Europe. It is more expensive to live in the city centers than in sub urban areas. Buying a house in The Netherlands is a difficult procedure. You will need to obtain a chip card if you wish to travel by public transportation (like bus, metro or tram). These chip cards can be obtained via machines or help service at the train stations.

Medical care

The health system in the Netherlands is considered to be rather advanced. If you are moving to the Netherlands, keep in mind that expats who are living in The Netherlands for longer than 1 year are obliged to purchase a health insurance package from an insurance company. The prices can vary from 80 to 350 euro per month. It is compulsory for all the residents in the Netherlands to be insured. Depending on the package that you choose, it is very important to know that there can be costs that you will have to pay by yourself because it is possible that the insurance does not cover these (for example dentist costs if you are older than 18 years).

Driving license

If you are moving to the Netherlands and your driver’s license was issued in a Member State of the European Union or in Liechtenstein, Norway or Iceland, you can use this driving license in the Netherlands. However, if you are moving to the Netherlands and have a driving license from other countries than mentioned before, then you can use your license up to a maximum of 185 days after you are a resident of The Netherlands. After the expiration date of 185 days, you will need to take an official theory test and driving test. If you have obtained a Dutch driving license, you can use this as identification in The Netherlands. You need to be at least 18 years in order to drive a car, and 16 for scooters.


If you are moving to the Netherlands, it might be useful to know about the tax system. The income tax depends on how much you earn. The more you earn the more tax you will need to pay. The tax on the basic necessities is 6% (like food), and the tax on secondary necessities is 21% (like clothing). These taxes are already included in the prices. If you want to own a car or scooter (which is not provided by your company), then you will need to pay taxes for your vehicle.

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Why Moovmii?

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  • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents


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Thanks to Moovmii and its network of international moving companies you can be assured that your international transport will start, and end, with a smile. Moving to the Netherlands could not be any easier!