The Dutch are open-minded and down-to-earth. They are direct in their approach and communication, and this makes for honest relationships with no hidden agendas. As a result, communication is expected to be fairly open and transparent. Most Dutch people embrace the country's cultural diversity, are tolerant of differences, and receptive to foreign influences.
Innovation. Enterprise. International collaboration. These are the strengths of Brabant, a highly successful Dutch province and a wonderful place to live. Working hard, taking time to enjoy the rich cultural life, beautiful nature and one another’s company go hand in hand. High tech and high touch are inseparable. The close collaboration between the Brabant partners, in national and international networks, stimulates the further development of innovation and entrepreneurship. Brabant is centrally positioned between the port cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp and the German Ruhr area. It has an international reputation as a European top region for innovation and knowledge with an inspiring business climate. Brabant has the ambition to maintain and enhance this leading position, by international cooperation between entrepreneurs, knowledge centres, and government bodies. Together we create ground-breaking products that make the world a better place to be.
FACTS & FIGURES
Your daily expenses include food, public transport, books, clothes, and cinema tickets. However, you also need to take into account the costs for housing and insurance. Experience has shown that students living and studying in Holland for one year spend between € 800 and € 1.100 a month. You can find a break down of your daily expenses here (link invoegen)
Everyone in Holland is obligated to have insurance for medical expenses. There are three types of cover: Dutch public healthcare insurance, an EU Health Insurance Card or a private insurance. You can read more details about the different types of coverage and find out which option applies to you on this page.
If you are studying in Holland combined with work or a paid internship, you are obligated to take out public health insurance (zorgverzekering) In Holland. Ask your school, employer or internship provider if they can refer you to an insurance company that will give you discount. If you are not working or take up a paid internship, you will not be obligated to take out Dutch public health insurance.
While working in Holland, you should be aware of the taxes that you will have to pay. Your employer will deduct a wage tax from your pay on behalf of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst). But be aware of many other taxes, such as VAT on goods or services. Find out how the Dutch taxation system works and whether you might be eligible for a tax reduction.