Explore the Netherlands: your go-to guide

Welcome to the Netherlands – a country rich in culture, business prospects, and a great work-life balance. In this guide, we will show you why it is the perfect spot for ambitious Young Professionals. From famous sights to lively cities, we will uncover what makes Dutch life so appealing. Join us as we explore why this charming country is a top pick for career-driven individuals around the globe.

What is the Netherlands known for?

The Netherlands is known for its windmills, tulips, dikes, clogs, cheese and, not to be missed; tolerance. When you start your career in the Netherlands, one of the first things you will notice is that the people are tall. In fact, The Dutch are the world’s tallest people! When talking about business, the Netherlands has a booming service industry with great accomplishments in research, engineering, and sectors including fintech, electronics, food, flowers, chemicals, and water technology. In addition to their towering height and impressive business opportunities, Dutch people are also known for their refreshing directness. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a conversation where they get straight to the point—no beating around the bush here! It is all part of the charm of living and working in the Netherlands, where honesty is appreciated, even if it is served with a side of directness.

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Why come to the Netherlands as an international?

The Netherlands is a small country, but we are very used to people from abroad. That is why we have a full-service approach to international Young Professionals. An advantage of moving to the Netherlands is that you don’t have to learn the Dutch language to start working here. In fact, compared to other countries where English is not the native language, Dutch people are generally good at mastering the English language.

The work-life balance in the Netherlands?

If you are looking for a good work-life balance, the Netherlands is the place to be. Ranked above Italy and Denmark, the Netherlands scores 1st in work-life balance, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The most attractive cities in the Netherlands

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands. About 900,000 people live there, from many different cultures. Because of Amsterdam’s world-famous canals, bridges, countless restaurants and canal houses, there is a wonderful atmosphere in this city. With about 160,000 companies in the city, Amsterdam is home to around 100,000 ‘foreign knowledge workers’ from different cultures. These highly skilled migrants predominantly work for internationally oriented companies.

Utrecht

Utrecht is the fastest growing city in the Netherlands and is known for the Cathedral Tower. At 112.5 meters, the Tower is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands and is the symbol and heart of the city, surrounded by canals. Utrecht was voted the most beautiful city with canals in Europe! It even beat Venice and Amsterdam. Utrecht is filled with an enormous number of companies, from start-ups to multinationals. It is a great city to start your professional career.

The Hague

The Hague is not only known for its beachfront location, it is also the greenest city in the Netherlands! It is where the Dutch Royal Family lives and the government is located. While you can find large banks and other (international) companies in The Hague, it is also the political and historical center of the Netherlands. 

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Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a port city in the Western part of the Netherlands. The port of Rotterdam has been the largest and most important one in Europe for a long time. Rotterdam is a skyscraper city, making it the only city in the Netherlands that actually has the aura of a metropolis. The city has beautiful examples of modern architecture, excellent restaurants, pleasant hotels and fun attractions.

Transport in the Netherlands?

It varies per job and employer how you travel to work. Although many people bike or walk to their work, Young Financials also offers you compensation for your travel expenses (by car, train, bus, tram or metro). And don’t worry, public transport is safe and well-organized in the Netherlands!

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