Expat info & Haarlemmermeer

Moving to an unfamiliar country is exciting as well as daunting. From finding a new school for the children, to a nice place to live, understanding the health-system and working out where the closest supermarket is, the list is endless..

Just remember, you are not alone and many families have been in the same position as you. There are some great online resources available, making it easier for many expats. From facebook groups, online communities to specialized companies providing the complete package.

On this page we try to provide you with information that hopefully will help you settle into your new expat life in the Netherlands a little easier. Just bare with us as we continue to develop this page over the coming months, by adding more and more information.

For now we hope the links below and the expat guide (information including how to get your citizen service number, insurance, municipality info) will give you some peace of mind. And remember, the OIS community is always here to help too!

Expat help

  • Orange compass, offers practical and cultural guidance from a unique “Expat+Local” perspective, while connecting with other newcomers to build community in the Netherlands. Orange Compass’ practical and cultural guiding tools help you get on top of things more quickly, manage your stress along the “expat curve”, and connect with others to start feeling at home in the Netherlands.
  • ACCESS Netherlands, is a non-profit organisation committed to supporting the international community in the Netherlands. Their services include a dedicated helpdesk, childbirth courses, on-call counselling and more. Together we strive to provide our expat families with all the support you need!


Expat sites

Great resources for expat information and news.

Facebook community groups

You might like to join some of the following facebook community groups.

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone".