Netherlands

Amsterdam- enough said.

Location: Northern Europe 

Currency: Euro (1 Euro = approx $1.10 USD)

Time Zone: GMT +2 (The Netherlands observes daylight savings time. Your 6 pm BJT classes start at noon in the summer and 11 am in the winter.)

Population: 17.2 Million

​Internet Speed: The Netherlands is a highly developed nation with incredibly fast internet. Speed Test’s Global Rankings has The Netherlands ranked at #22 with fixed broadband speeds of 101 down and 49 up. Prices are reasonable and range from 25 to 70 euros per month. Check out this article for different internet options in the Netherlands.

Visa: If you are American, you can stay in the Netherlands for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Fortunately, the Netherlands does offer a self-employed/freelancer visa. The visa is awarded based on a points system which awards a score for education, business plan, and added value to the Netherlands. The US has a special arrangement (Dutch American Friendship Treaty) with the Dutch government that allows American freelancers to set up a business in the Netherlands with less red tape than other nationalities. However, it does require a capital investment of nearly 5,000 euros. If you plan to start your business in the Netherlands, but your operation is not yet established, you can apply for the start-up visa. This allows you one year to live and work in the Netherlands and get your business established.

​Healthcare: The Netherlands offers one of the most well-developed healthcare systems in the world. According to The Commonwealth Fund, residents of the Netherlands are required to purchase statutory insurance from private insurers. In addition, most of the population holds supplementary private insurance. In my research on the Dutch health system, it seems to be exemplary and truly seeks to serve the people. Check out World Nomads for travel insurance

Cost of Living: The Netherlands is not an especially cheap place to live. If you want to live in Amsterdam, Numbeo pegs the price of a one-bedroom apartment in the center of the city at about 1,500 euros per month, while the price in the center of Rotterdam drops to just under 1,100 euros. This is not surprising, as the OECD estimates that average wages in the Netherlands stand at approximately $54,000. The country also has a very low unemployment rate.

The information provided in this article is provided purely as a matter of convenience and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified immigration attorney before making the decision to relocate.