The Netherlands is in Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany. The climate is temperate marine with cool summers and mild winters. The official language is Dutch. English, German and French are also widely spoken, especially in cities and main tourist areas. A few polite phrases in Dutch will be appreciated. The main religion is Christianity. The Netherlands has a prosperous and open economy in which the government has reduced its role since the 1980s. Industrial activity is predominantly in food-processing, Financial services, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery. Dutch people generally value honesty and decisiveness. An indirect approach may be perceived as devious or untrustworthy. In business the use of first names is not automatic. Expatriate business dress is relatively conservative, comprising dark suits with neutral shirts. The security risk for expatriates in the Netherlands is low. Risks include street crime such as pickpockets and bag-snatching in tourist areas, and the underlying threat terrorism. The currency of Netherlands is the Euro (EUR). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of the Netherlands is 17.2 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.9% for the Netherlands as at September 2018. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Netherlands is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 51.95%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Netherlands, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Netherlands as at 1 October 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Netherlands is for example -6.5% cheaper than USA for groceries, -17.2% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 189.5% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Netherlands for an expat from Australia, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (the Netherlands) premium of 10% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Netherlands is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Netherlands? Register subscribe to your home location and Netherlands and run your personalised reports.