Useful Government Websites
The Dutch Immigration department. This site contains much official information about emigrating to the Netherlands, as well as all the official forms and documents. This site does contain an English section, and it is constantly improving, however not all pages are available in English, and occasionally some of the links in the English section do not work or link to pages written in Dutch.
GVB is the public transport company within the greater Amsterdam area, offering transport by tram, bus, metro and ferry. GVB transport company services not only the city of Amsterdam, but also a number of adjacent towns. The intricate network of public transport by road, water and railway, both at street level and underground, is linked to the Dutch Railway stations and regional transport systems.
9292 has been, and still is, the leading expert on travel information for Dutch public transport for over 17 years, also providing information on car routes and P+R-travel, a combination of car and public transport, including information on parking and redirected traffic jams.
Its best-known services are the:
- Dutch telephone service: 0900 9292
- Free mobile service (with GPS): m.9292ov.nl
- iPhone application: 9292ov Pro
Aimed at tourists (as evidenced by the dubious selection of food recommendations) this is a great guide for live music and places to watch sporting events in Amsterdam.
The world famous Time Out magazine’s Amsterdam website can help with orientation and finding those favourite cafes and bars.
This website provides help and information for expats, including employment placement.
A useful resource, especially for highly skilled individuals planning to settle in Amsterdam or Amstelveen. Also part of a site that provides information about various aspects of moving to and living in Amsterdam. The quick links, where you’ll find “frequently asked questions” might prove extremely helpful.
A website that covers all the information you could possibly need relating to moving to the Netherlands, in general.
An expat blog that offers diverse “insider perspectives” and the option to participate and discuss life in the city. The entire site has a lot of general information to offer as well.
Community forum and notice board for English speaking expatriates.
A helpful website when you are just getting settled.
Good overview of the relocation process but a bit short on details.
DutchNews.nl is the leading provider of quality English-language news about the Netherlands – from business to sport, from show biz to politics. Some 15,000 people read DutchNews.nl every day, either online or through a free subscription to its daily digital newsletter.
The Dutch Daily News is the main news source for foreigners living in the Netherlands. It has been praised and earned respect on the international platform with its positive outlook, which has made it the natural choice for foreign residents of the country. The Dutch Daily News’ website also reaches a huge number of readers worldwide.
What started as website providing news and information for the international community in the Netherlands rapidly grew into a much broader resource. Expatica.com receives an average of half a million visitors every month.