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Apply for a DigiD

Besides your BSN, the DigiD is one of the essential things you need when living in the Netherlands. The DigiD is your digital identity for the Dutch Government. It allows you to log in to [...]

Take out Dutch health insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for all people working in the Netherlands or living in the Netherlands for more than four months. If you work in the Netherlands, you have to take out Dutch health [...]

Register with a GP

If you live in the Netherlands, you usually register at a GP close to your house. On you can type in your city or postal code and see all the GPs in your area. [...]

Medicine and pharmacies

In the Netherlands, you register at your local pharmacy (apotheek) and get all your medicine there. This way, the pharmacy is always aware of the medicine you take and makes sure you don't get conflicting [...]

Get a Dutch phone number

If you live in the Netherlands for a more extended period, you might want to get a Dutch phone number. There are multiple phone providers in the Netherlands where you can usually choose from [...]

Register at the Embassy or consulate

If you live in the Netherlands for a more extended period, it may be useful to register at the embassy or consulate of your country of origin in the Netherlands. For most countries, this is [...]

Common insurances in the Netherlands

If you live in the Netherlands for a longer period, you might want to take out some insurance. Here are the most common insurances for people living in the Netherlands: Home Contents Insurance (Inboedelverzekering) covers [...]

What’s hot and happening?

Moving to a foreign country gives you the opportunity to explore a different (and rich) cultural life. Living in the Netherlands is no exception. Here are some websites to find out what's hot and happening [...]

Post and mail

If you live in the Netherlands, you might want to post some Dutch greetings to your family and friends back home eventually. You might search for a post office in vain since most post offices [...]


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