Expat Guide for the Maastricht Region 2010
site of life
World Class in the Maastricht Region
The World’s leading arts and WELCOME TO THE
antiques Fair. BRIGHT SITE
Violinist who performs around the world
with his Johann Strauss orchestra.
UCI World Championship road
Takes place in the Maastricht Region.
Pinkpop André Rieu
Director Johann Strauss Orchestra
The Netherlands’ most famous open-air
festival and the world’s longest running
annual outdoor pop festival.
2/3 TABLE OF CONTENT
THE BRIGHT SITE THE BRIGHT GUIDE
Magazine Service information
4 Interview: Yu-Hwa Ed Sheu NEED TO KNOW
8 Introducing The Netherlands 25 The Dutch way
10 Interview: Neena Kannan 28 Checklists
14 About the Maastricht Region
16 Europe by train TO WORK
18 Interview: John Smylie 37 The best place to do business
39 Personal assistance for foreign investors
40 Careers and industries
42 Professional networks
E.P.J. (Elies) Lemkes-Straver TO LIVE
Chairman Brainport Development NV 45 Housing
46 The Dutch healthcare system
47 Day-care for children
48 Daily needs
48 Waste and recycling
54 For kids
4/5 INTERVIEW YU-HWA ED SHEU
YU-HWA ED SHEU
BUSINESS GROUP THE WORLD
6/7 INTERVIEW YU-HWA ED SHEU
8/9 INTRODUCING THE NETHERLANDS
BICYCLES The pre-eminence of bicycles is not just an intriguing fact. A bicycle
has penultimate right-of-way; only that of the tram supercedes it. Everybody
else must yield for bicycles!
BIRTHDAYS Dutch birthdays are celebrated with great enthusiasm. The most
NETHERLANDS surprising tradition: the birthday persons buy their own cakes! At work you bring
pastries for colleagues, at school children bring treats for all their classmates.
COMMUNICATION The Dutch tend to be plain-speaking, but there is no inten-
tion to appear rude.
DINNER It’s usual to bring wine and ﬂowers when invited to dinner. However
A short history of the Netherlands Government don’t expect the host to open the wine for the meal. It is very often put aside to
be enjoyed later.
DRESS CODE Banking and law are formal and traditional, but in many other
industries the dress code is casual. The focus is on content rather than form.
ENCOUNTERS Virtually everyone shakes hands in the Netherlands when greet-
ing and on departure. In informal situations women and men may also kiss on
MEETINGS In the Netherlands, people at all levels have their say in decision-
making. This can take some time, but it ensures that everyone’s view is heard.
PUNCTUALITY Call if you are delayed and avoid cancelling meetings at the
last minute. Meetings usually have a strict agenda, ﬁnishing on time.
TELEPHONING People say their name straightaway, at work or at home, when
answering or calling.
WORK-LIFE BALANCE Personal time is valued. A business lunch is usually
preferred to dinner. If you want to motivate Dutch workers, time-off works best.
10 / 11 INTERVIEW NEENA KANNAN
A SENSE OF
12 / 13 INTERVIEW NEENA KANNAN
14 / 15 ABOUT THE MAASTRICHT REGION
The Maastricht Region has 600,000 inhabitants living in an area of 20 x 20 km.
The Maastricht Region has the best university of applied sciences in the
ABOUT THE Fast train links to Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Cologne, London and Paris.
The Maastricht Region is the most popular holiday destination in the
MAASTRICHT REGION Netherlands.
There are 26,000 students, 40% of whom are foreign, and all of whom enjoy the
best university-level education in the Netherlands.
The Maastricht Region hosts the largest art and antiques fair in the world.
About EUR 100 million will be invested in the Research & Business Campus in
the next 5 years.
There are eight airports within an hour’s travel.
History There are 34,000 companies operating in the Maastricht Region, providing
There are 220 kilometres of border shared with foreign countries; only eight
kilometres with the Netherlands.
The Maastricht Region has the best city in the Netherlands for quality of life.
The Maastricht Region has the greenest city in the Netherlands.
The Maastricht Region hosts the third most innovative company in the
Collectively, the Maastricht Region’s restaurants boast 8 Michelin stars.
One of the biggest and most innovative chemicals clusters in Europe.
The region today Best pre-university secondary school and best childcare centre in the
Ideal work/life balance The Maastricht Region has 15 museums, 17 concert halls, 14 theatres and
3 art cinemas.
The Meuse-Rhine Euroregion (50 km radius) comprises 3.7 million
inhabitants, three countries and three languages.
The Maastricht Region even has internationally celebrated vineyards.
There are approximately 200,000 single-family homes.
Labour productivity per FTE is > EUR 116,000 (Netherlands: EUR 82,000).
The Maastricht Region has the Netherland’s best hospital.
16 / 17 EUROPE BY TRAIN
international high-speed railway
EUROPE BY TRAIN
TIMETABLE 2 hrs.
1 hr. 20 min.
18 / 19 INTERVIEW JOHN SMYLIE
GIGS, SPACE AND
THE MAASTRICHT REGION
OFFERS ME OPPORTUNITY
20 / 21 INTERVIEW JOHN SMYLIE
22 / 23
the THE DUTCH WAY / CHECKLISTS
THE BEST PLACE TO DO BUSINESS /
PERSONAL ASSISTANCE FOR
FOREIGN INVESTORS / CAREERS
AND INDUSTRIES / PROFESSIONAL
guide NETWORKS HOUSING / THE DUTCH
HEALTHCARE SYSTEM / EDUCA-
TION / DAY-CARE FOR CHILDREN /
TRANSPORTATION / RELIGION /
DAILY NEEDS / WASTE AND
RECYCLING SPORTS / SHOPPING /
CULTURE / LEISURE / FOR KIDS
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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE DESK MAASTRICHT REGION THE DUTCH WAY
Its favourable location at a major intersection of roads, cultures and languages Facts
has made Maastricht an internationally oriented city. The Maastricht Region SOCIAL SECURITY
has developed rapidly into a centre of knowledge and services. The Netherlands has a fairly typical European social security system: i.e. it is
expensive to run, but offers good beneﬁts to those in need. Nevertheless, the
Many foreign companies have discovered Maastricht to be an excellent spring- natural gas. current system is still regarded as one of Dutch society’s ﬁnest achievements.
board to access European markets. And as a result, more and more expatriates
are drawn to the Maastricht Region, to live, work and study here. The main principle behind the Dutch social system is that everyone should be
different connector plugs to many able to play an equally active role in society. Some people need help in doing
In response to this trend, the municipality of Maastricht, Brainport Develop- other countries, which means phones so: the old and disabled, families on low incomes, young people without qualiﬁ-
ment, Limburg Development and Investment Company LIOF and the Maas- bought outside the Netherlands may cations, ethnic and other minorities.
tricht Region Branding Foundation started an initiative to support the not work without an adaptor or a new
international community: the International Service Desk Maastricht Region. plug. In some cases it is possible for expats to opt out of paying social security in the
Netherlands if Form E101 or a certiﬁcate of coverage are obtained before depar-
The desk is an information point for expatriates, the international business uses the GSM standard. ture. The unemployment beneﬁt premium is paid partially by the employer and
community and foreign students in the city of Maastricht and the surrounding partially by the employee. The premium for the National Health Insurance Act
region. It provides information and services on a variety of topics, including for- offering cheap international calling. is paid by the employer.
malities relating to mandatory registration, parking permits, marriage, registra-
tion of birth, converting driving licences, waste collection, etc. mains power systems other than 220 More information: www.svb.nl
volts and 50 Hz will not work without The SVB provides brochures on social security in several foreign languages.
standard. CITIZEN SERVICE NUMBER
International Service Desk Maastricht Region The Citizen Service Number – in Dutch written as Burger Servicenummer or BSN
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +31 43 350 50 10. – is a unique personal ID number for every citizen registered in the Population
Register (the Municipal Personal Records Database) of the municipal authori-
Visiting address: ties. This number is needed for a variety of formalities, so it is important to
Gemeente Maastricht (Municipality of Maastricht) obtain it as soon as possible. You will automatically obtain a Citizen Service
Mosae Forum 10 Number when you come to live in the Netherlands and register with the munici-
6211 DW Maastricht pal authorities.
Gemeente Maastricht (Municipality of Maastricht) TAXATION
PO Box 1992 Cross-border workers
6201 BZ Maastricht If you are a ‘cross-border worker’, i.e. you reside in another country but still
receive wages from a Dutch employer, you will need a tax and social security
www.maastricht.nl/internationalservicedesk number. You can apply for this from the tax ofﬁce in Maastricht: 0800-0543.
Visiting address: Terra Nigrastraat 10, 6216 BL Maastricht. Post address: Post-
bus 5750, 6202 MB Maastricht.
If you have any questions or queries about your plans to stay in Maastricht,
please contact us. The 30% tax ruling
The Dutch are taxed relatively highly; foreigners, however, often qualify for an
advantageous income tax regulation whereby 30% of their income is classed as
a tax-free allowance. According to the ruling, an employer may provide a tax-
free allowance of 30% of the total salary of an employee. Any application for
the 30% ruling must be made by the employer and the employee.
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Does How to apply for the 30% tax ruling
Each case is speciﬁc and not all information is relevant. In practice it is easiest
need to be signed by several different authorities in order to be legalised. This is
called the legalisation chain.
Dutch to see your HR Manager and discuss your case with him/her.
Some countries have entered into agreements to streamline the legalisation
Bureaucracy The ofﬁcial website of the Ministry of Finance provides detailed tax-related
information in English: www.minﬁn.nl, Maastricht Region also offers personal
chain. This means that certain documents from one country may be used in
another country with only a single legalisation or even none at all.
get on assistance, please contact: +31 43 328 25 65 or email@example.com for
services powered by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The best-known legalisation convention is the Apostille Convention (5 October
1961). This convention does not completely abolish legalisation but shortens
the chain so that only a single action is required: the addition of an apostille
(certiﬁcation stamp). A document bearing an apostille does not require any fur-
too? Citizens of some countries, such as those of the EU, Australia, Canada, Japan,
Norway, the US and South Korea, can enter the Netherlands with the purpose of
ther legalisation by the embassy or consulate of the country in which it is to be
residing without a visa. Most other nationalities need a visa - a so-called Autho-
risation for Temporary Stay (MVV). Check with your HR Manager, International For more information on legalising foreign documents, see
Ofﬁce or local Dutch Embassy if unsure. www.minbuza.nl/en/welcome/comingtoNL,legalisation_of_documents
Applying for a voluntary visa can be advantageous even for those who do not
need them. This is because people with visas have had basic checks on their BANKING
documents before entering the Netherlands, and can therefore start work In the Netherlands there are a number of banks that offer services to private
immediately after entry. customers. The major banks are ABN AMRO, Rabobank, SNS, ING and Fortis. All
towns and most villages have local branches that are normally open during
ofﬁce hours. Automatic cash dispensers (ATMs) are also widely available. The
WORK PERMITS services that the banks offer include, personal and Internet banking, insurance
In order to work in the Netherlands, employees from countries outside the EU and mortgages.
and Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein must either have a work
permit or be accepted into the Knowledge Migrant scheme (see below). They You will need a Dutch bank account if you are going to live here for some time.
may also be accepted as a researcher according to EU regulation 2005/71/EG. To open an account you must go in person to the bank. The bank will ask for
This also applies to citizens from the new EU member states: Romania and your BSN number, which will be issued by the Town Hall following approval by
Bulgaria. the immigration authorities.
People who don’t need a work permit can start work immediately although they It is a good idea to keep your old bank account in your home country. If you do
should apply for a Citizen Service Number (Burger Servicenummer or BSN) right not already use Internet banking, then now may be a good time to thinking
away. Those needing a work permit must obtain one before they can legally about setting it up.
start work. Getting a visa, work permit and residence permit can take between
one and four months.
All work permits are speciﬁc to a given job and the company usually makes the The type and amount of insurance you need is largely a personal decision. For
application. There are a number of different types, please check the following the available types of insurances please visit: www.expatguideholland.com/
website for details on visas and residence permits: www.expatguideholland. themes/ﬁnance___insurance
For more information: www.maastrichtregion.com
The Dutch authorities and the authorities of other countries need to be certain
about the status of each other’s documents. This is often difﬁcult to establish.
Legalisation conﬁrms that a document was issued by someone with the author-
ity to issue it and that the signatures it bears are genuine. Some documents
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BEFORE LEAVING -
the Netherlands, and for the full duration of your planned stay if possible.
expiry date. If it has no expiry date, make sure it is not more than nine years -
since it was issued. mentation.
Documents may also need to be translated if not already in English, French,
German or Dutch. Different rules apply to different nationalities, so check
with your HR Manager for information about your personal situation.
ble). Your HR Manager / International Ofﬁce can advise you on the correct
free under certain conditions (the most important is that you have had and
Financial arrangements: used the car for more than six months).
Children: Good preparation is essential before any international move. No matter how
well prepared you are, it is likely you will experience some unexpected surprises
etc. (in English where possible). in the ﬁrst weeks. This checklist may help.
schools in the Maastricht Region and apply for a place. Also do this for child- Arrangements for removals:
care organisations if needed.
school fees. removals company).
stay in contact.
for the journey and the moving-in period are put aside to go with the hand What to bring:
other non-European) electrical appliances will not work without a trans-
Healthcare: former (the North American electrical supply is 110V and 60 Hz).
records. change all the plugs. All Dutch electrical sockets use plugs with two circular
pins – standard throughout much of Northern Europe (except the UK and
Social security, insurance and taxation: Ireland).
home country. light ﬁttings and bulbs will have been removed, so bring some lamps with
you to provide light until you have installed new ﬁttings. In Dutch houses
are not covered. ceiling lighting is often limited. A ﬂashlight may also prove useful.
supply of light bulbs as you can only buy screw-in bulbs in the Netherlands.
5 km WEERT
HEERLEN / PARKSTAD
E313 AACHEN AMSTERDAM
BRUSSELS 200 KM
E40 E25 490 KM THE MAASTRICHT
LIÈGE EUPEN BRUSSELS
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You will need to produce the following documents:
Foreign Affairs for legalisation procedures for your country of origin.
have a medical condition requiring attention, bring your medical records.
What not to bring:
submit the application so consult your HR Manager for details.
oven clocks, clock radios, etc. – the 50 Hz frequency means they will not keep
correct time. can be submitted before the work permit has been issued. Consult your HR
Manager/International Ofﬁce for details.
connection to the cold water supply. nationalities and is carried out by the Municipal Healthcare Services (GGD).
Consult your HR Manager / International Ofﬁce for details.
usually be used.
depends on nationality, type of work and residence permit).
months old to avoid import duty.
ON ARRIVAL living in the Netherlands may not own and drive a ‘foreign’ vehicle here.
There will be quite a few formalities to be completed on arrival in the Nether-
lands. The exact list of what you need to do depends on your nationality, place Children:
of birth, family composition, and your employer’s choice of work permit (in
some cases). Good preparation is vital.
What to expect:
exception. Social security, tax and insurance:
permit and a residence permit.
You will need to register with the Town Hall at your new address, which will also
issue you with a Citizen Service Number (Burger Servicenummer or BSN).
34 / 35 NEED TO KNOW
Town Hall, or simply ask a neighbour.
bring your passport and your most recent bank account statement (with your
address on it!).
10, 20, 25, 40, and 50 Euros.
Social security, tax and insurance:
36 / 37 TO WORK
You want to achieve your ambitions, but you also want to enjoy life
away from your work. In the Maastricht Region, part of the Province of
Limburg, you can. Working here means a balanced life – a top job in a
quiet setting, without the hassle of congested highways. This is a place
where there is plenty going on, but without the typical problems of
major cities. You can recharge your batteries after work by enjoying the
good life: a work-out, a walk in the countryside, a game of golf, a night
at the opera, a movie, or dining out. Everything is right there, and it’s
bustling. Students from 70 different countries provide a constant input
of fresh enthusiasm and ambition. They came to jump-start their
careers and they keep the cities alive and vibrant. If you are moving
with a working spouse, there are many job opportunities available with
Brussels, Düsseldorf, Aachen, Eindhoven, Cologne, Liège and Venlo
within commuting distance. Although most professionals speak Eng-
lish, keep in mind that learning the local language is a deﬁnite asset.
THE BEST PLACE TO DO
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Netherlands ranks third in the
best European countries for doing business. It scores particularly highly on
indicators such as a stable and effective political system, excellent macroeco-
nomic environment, efﬁcient ﬁnancial sector, ﬂexible labour market, interna-
tionally oriented economy and its central location in the European Union.
Limburg, the most southern province of the Netherlands, is strategically situ-
ated in the heart of Western Europe. With 1.12 million inhabitants, it accounts
for 7% of the Dutch population. The major urban regions are Maastricht, the
oldest city in the Netherlands, Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Venlo. In the north,
Limburg borders the provinces of Brabant and Gelderland. The River Meuse
ﬂows through Limburg for 160 kilometres from south to north, providing a
direct connection with the port of Rotterdam and, via canals, with Antwerp.
Limburg borders Germany for a distance of 212 kilometres and Belgium for 140
kilometres and is strategically located between some of the main metropolitan
areas of Europe:
The Hague, Utrecht.
Essen, Bochum, Dortmund.
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This geographical situation makes Limburg the prime choice for any enterprise make up the majority of foreigners in Limburg with people from neighbouring
intending to start its activities in a favourable location in the still-expanding EU Germany and Belgium being the front runners. Other major foreign communi-
market. In the last 30 years, more than 450 international companies have ties are Indonesian, Moroccan and Turkish. Limburg’s multicultural population
chosen Limburg as a base for their, often pan-European, operations. The advan- is a signiﬁcant advantage for companies doing business in a global economy.
tages of Limburg’s geographical situation and the skills of its labour force, com-
bined with other strong local factors, amply reward those who have the
imagination to exploit the opportunities it offers. REGIONAL ECONOMY AND INCOME
Limburg’s economy has always been based on industry. In fact, in the 19th cen-
tury, industrialisation in the Netherlands actually started in Maastricht. The
INFRASTRUCTURE late 1990s saw a rapid change towards a service-oriented economy with com-
The Maastricht Region is easy to get to by car, boat (inland waterways) and mercial services and healthcare being the main drivers. However Limburg is still
plane and has a well-developed public transport network. Trafﬁc jams are the most industrialised province when employment is considered.
almost non-existent. There are four trains an hour between the four “districts”,
and efforts are being made to increase the speed and frequency of service. The Economic growth in Limburg stagnated in the ﬁrst years of this century.
region has its own airport and is only an hour’s travel from the international air- Because of its strong focus on exports, the world economic downturn hit the
region severely. In 2004, the regional economy recovered and 2006 showed a
hand. London and Paris have never been so close. Regular scheduled express strong increase in investments, export, consumption and employment.
trains run frequently and reach Brussels in just over an hour, Amsterdam in 2,
Paris and Frankfurt in 3 and London in 4 hours.
LABOUR MARKET AND EMPLOYMENT
The labour force in Limburg numbers almost 500,000 people. Between 2001
City Kilometres Miles and 2005, it showed an annual growth of 1.5%, which was entirely caused by
Road distances Amsterdam 200 124 the increased participation of women.
Antwerp 110 68
From Maastricht to major European Berlin 650 404 The labour force in Limburg is well educated, with a high proportion of people
cities Brussels 110 68 who have completed higher education. The number of people at secondary edu-
Cologne 90 65 cation level is comparable to the national average.
Düsseldorf 95 60
Eindhoven 80 50
Frankfurt 275 171
Geneva 775 482 PERSONAL ASSISTANCE FOR
London 490 305
Luxembourg 150 93 FOREIGN INVESTORS
Milan 875 544
Munich 675 419 Limburg Development and Investment Company LIOF provides assistance for
Paris 400 249 foreign investors free of charge. Services include insights and data on site selec-
Prague 750 466 tion and logistic strategies and guidance on such matters as available incen-
Rotterdam 200 124 tives for investments and innovations, permit produces and tax structures. All
services are tailor-made and provided on a conﬁdential basis. LIOF introduces
corporate investors to a variety of Dutch national and regional networks and
POPULATION service suppliers, local government authorities and to others central to the
Limburg has more than 1 million inhabitants, 55% of whom live in the conurba- investment process. LIOF can help with ﬁnding business accommodation, has
tion in the southern part of the province. The population in the central and contacts with stafﬁng agencies, and may be able to provide venture capital. For
northern part is more scattered with 21% and 25% of the total population each focus area LIOF has experts ready to guide foreign investors. Focus areas
respectively. are High Tech Systems, Life Sciences, Value-added Logistics, Renewable Energy,
MRO and Agro-Food. Once the decision to settle in Limburg has been made,
Limburg has a multicultural population, with 45 different nationalities living LIOF can introduce staff to local partners who can provide help on personal relo-
together. More than 100,000 people are of foreign origin (9%). European citizens cation issues, such as accommodation and education.
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LIOF‘s brief is to support the development of the Limburg economy and the pro- innovators at the medical and healthcare centres in Heerlen (Atrium), Sittard-
motion of its business climate. LIOF regularly combines forces with the Dutch Hospitals Geleen (Orbis) and Maastricht (MUMC+) are working on the frontiers of modern
Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Provincial Government, the Chamber of Com- medicine.
merce and the Limburg municipalities to stimulate investment in Limburg. Atrium Medical Center Heerlen /
Parkstad The Maastricht Region is home to the headquarters of various multinationals
More information Atrium MC is one of the largest general such as DSM, Sabic, Vodafone and APG (the Dutch public service pension fund,
Does your company need advice or information about (re)location and the hospitals in the Netherlands, with loca- which with invested assets of EUR 210 billion is one of the largest ﬁnancial insti-
current business climate? LIOF has experts assigned to key focus and geo- tions in Heerlen, Brunssum and Ker- tutions in the world) and the worldwide call centres of DHL and Mercedes-Benz.
graphical areas. krade. It was voted best hospital of the Business tourism (conferences) and leisure in the broadest sense (hospitality,
year in 2009 by the quality index of recreation and wellness) are important economic drivers for the region.
Renewable Energy newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, the AD
Jacques Mikx, Head of Department, Investment Promotion and Business Ziekenhuis Top 100.
Development (IBD) www.atriummc.com CAREERS FOR PARTNERS
firstname.lastname@example.org Despite an increasingly global society, the expatriate spouse who is unable to
Maastricht UMC+ pursue his or her career remains a problem. In fact the number-one reason for
High-tech Systems / Asia Maastricht University Medical Center. foreign assignment failure remains family discontent. Companies and reloca-
Mart Dijk, Senior Project Manager A cooperation between the University tion agencies are realising that self-employment and portable careers are an
email@example.com Hospital Maastricht and Maastricht alternative solution, and they do focus on being helpful in that direction.
Life Sciences, Shared Service Centers/ North America UMC’s ﬁve focus area’s: Seventy-ﬁve per cent of international managers are involved in a dual-career
Sjoerd Boomsma, Senior Project Manager 1 Cardiovascular diseases scenario. As both partners increasingly have their own careers, this is reﬂected
firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Chronic diseases in the large numbers of accompanying spouses who want to ﬁnd a fulﬁlling
3 Oncology occupation while overseas. Problems that you have to deal with when following
Aerospace MRO / Europe 4 Mental health care and neuroscience your partner on an international assignment are:
Jaap Heukelom, Senior Project Manager 5 Public health and primary care
Agro-Food Orbis Medical Center, Sittard
Mark Koppers, Project Manager Orbis Medical Center is a high-tech
email@example.com center aimed at providing high quality
care in the most patient-friendly and
efﬁcient way, focussing on:
Striving for at-home feeling Being in a situation like this means that you should look for help and consultation.
CAREERS AND INDUSTRIES Patient at the center of care-giving The hiring company can help with applying for a work permit for the partner, and
Smart technology solutions might even provide support with some language courses. Relocation agencies can
The Maastricht Region offers a wide variety of employment opportunities. Its www.orbisconcern.nl help with the cultural issues, assessments and validation of the foreign education.
three technology campuses are pioneers in innovation. Avantis (Parkstad) spe- Head-hunters, temp agencies and social networks can help you to ﬁnd a job. It will
cialises in new, high-tech energy facilities, while cross-border clinical facilities take time and the job abroad might not be as interesting as the one you had in
are on the horizon. The Chemelot R&D Campus (Sittard-Geleen) is a global your home country, but it is an experience that will always look good on your CV.
leader in performance materials and biotechnology. This is the birthplace of
Dyneema, the world’s strongest ﬁbre. Finally, the Campus in Randwyck-Maas-
tricht is making major innovations in healthcare. Heavy industry, such as the LANGUAGE COURSES AND OTHER ADULT EDUCATION
Nedcar automotive manufacturing plant and the DSM chemical company, is The Maastricht Region borders on Germany and on both French and Flemish-
also located close by. speaking Belgium. If you include the international students, you will hear many
languages and dialects daily. Apart from the intensive language courses on offer
Economic growth is generated by a major academic/life-sciences hub linking at Maastricht University, various institutes have classes depending on your
Maastricht University, Maastricht University Medical Center and the technical needs. Syntra Limburg in Belgium is said to provide the cheaper options. Most
universities of Aachen (20 kilometres away), Eindhoven and Louvain. Leading cities in the region have institutions offering arts and culture education.
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Regional professional networks are primarily Dutch; however several service
clubs in the region have dedicated international branches. International Round
Table Maastricht (for men aged18-40), Rotary International (for 40+ profession-
als), Kiwanis International and Lions Club Maastricht Mondial are internation- Are you an international and coming to
ally known service clubs that are good for getting connected in the area. The work and live in the Southeast Netherlands?
annual May Fair, the Lion’s Club’s main fundraiser, is a great event that brings Do you have questions about visa? About
together expatriates and their families to meet, mingle and enjoy a free after-
housing? Are you looking for a clear
noon of entertainment, information and hospitality at a location in the Euregio.
The Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel Zuid-Limburg) is also a
explanation on the Dutch educational
good place to start, especially for networking events, starting your own busi- system? Or maybe you want to learn more
ness or if you are looking for business advice. Formalities about the Dutch culture and manners?
Go to the website Expatguideholland.com
and nd all the answers to your questions!
For more information: www.maastrichtregion.com Finance & Insurance
Education & Careers
Personal & Social Needs
Culture & Leisure
The top technology region Southeast Netherlands has not only much to o er on a professional
level but just as much on a personal level. Since moving is always a hectic time, we strive to make
the transition to a new home in a new country as smooth as possible so you and your family can
concentrate on settling in, and enjoy living here.
The website Expatguideholland.com collates all information and services that are relevant to
internationals who are going to live and work in the Southeast Netherlands. Expatguideholland.com
answers every question you may have on the matters of formalities, housing, taxation, nance &
insurance, education & careers, personal & social needs and culture & leisure. And, if you cannot nd
the answer to your question on the website, just ll in the contact form and our experts will respond
to your questions within three days!
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Moving to the very southern tip of the Netherlands means moving to the
centre of Europe. With Brussels, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Liège
and, of course, Paris all within three hours’ travelling time and several
airports close-by, Europe is at your feet. And although the inhabitants
will say that the Maastricht Region is nothing like the rest of the Neth-
erlands, the Dutch are generally easy-going, albeit straight-forward.
And most of them speak English. They are known for their tolerance of
other religions, viewpoints and customs, which makes the Netherlands
an attractive location for foreigners.
DECIDING WHERE TO LIVE
Insights Choosing where to live can be a major headache if you don’t know the area: the
procedures may not be the same as you are used to, and the information will be
in a language you may not understand. Ideally you should visit the area a
densely populated countries in month or so before moving to select your new home, but as this is not always
Europe, with almost 400 people per possible you may need to stay in a hotel when you arrive while you ﬁnd some-
square kilometre. where to live. Unfortunately, staying in temporary accommodation can delay
your registration at the Town Hall, and in some cases your application for a resi-
why many houses are small and dence permit – see the ‘Formalities’ section for more information.
Most people coming to the Maastricht Region will probably choose to live in the
in maximizing the use of space. area. However, Dutch transport networks are good and some prefer to commute
from other areas. It’s even possible to commute from Belgium, Germany or
still cheaper and/or more spacious Luxembourg but you should check the legal position ﬁrst. For most EU citizens
than in Amsterdam, Utrecht or there are no issues, but if you need a residence permit you may have to live in
Rotterdam. the Netherlands. Living outside the country may also have tax consequences,
so consult your HR Manager. Your company might be able to help you with
diversity of housing types and envi- housing, so consult them.
ronments – from the city feel to vil-
lage life in the surrounding
countryside. DUTCH HOMES
Dutch homes vary from studio apartments (a single room including sleeping area,
living area and cooking facilities) to more traditional apartments with multiple,
separate bedrooms, and larger houses (detached, semi-detached, and terraced).
With little available space, houses at the lower and middle end of the market
tend to be fairly compact out of necessity. How you see this depends on your
experience in your home country. Most Europeans comment that housing is
expensive and gardens small. Americans used to the spacious properties fre-
quently found there also feel that the rooms themselves are small (particularly
children’s bedrooms). They are more likely to require the more luxurious end of
the market in terms of decoration, ﬁxtures and ﬁttings. Those coming from
places such as Singapore however, where land is also at a premium, may see
things differently. Wherever you come from, it is essential to realise that the
housing available will probably not be the same as you are used to!
46 / 47 TO LIVE
LIVING IN THE MAASTRICHT REGION EDUCATION
The Maastricht Region has green hill-country (‘Heuvelland’) in the centre sur- International
rounded by the urban areas of Maastricht (West), Sittard/Geleen (North), Park- Schools in the Maastricht Region have ranked among the top ten best schools
education in the Netherlands for some years now. Some of them have international curri-
Maastricht, no-nonsense Heerlen and the workers’ ethic of Sittard/Geleen. The cula suitable for non-Dutch speakers. Two international schools in the region
region offers a wealth of choice in ﬁnding your new home. Trafﬁc jams are prac- Pre-primary education provide an international education: the Afnorth International School in
tically unheard-of and the cities and villages are safe and relaxed. So whether United World College Maastricht Brunssum, which meets British/American and German educational require-
you prefer the inner-city bustle, leafy suburban towns or quaint villages and the Pre-school ments, and recently the United World College Maastricht (UWC). UWC was
privacy of a rural property these are all options within commuting distance of www.joppenhof-id.nl founded by merging two existing schools: the International School Maastricht
work. As one executive’s wife put it, ‘This is the ﬁrst posting where we have been (ISM), and the Joppenhof International Primary School, which teaches the
able to enjoy breakfast with the entire family’. Primary education International Baccalaureate (IB). The Maastricht Region is also home to two
United World College Maastricht well-regarded institutes for higher education: Maastricht University (UM) and
Primary School Zuyd University (Hogeschool Zuyd). Aachen University of Technology, one of
UTILITIES (GAS, WATER, ELECTRICITY, PHONE, www.joppenhof-id.nl the largest and best-performing universities in Europe, is within easy reach.
The Netherlands has excellent utilities. Practically every home has mains elec- Secondary education
tricity, drinkable water, central heating, ﬁxed-line phones, and mobile phone International School Maastricht
and high-speed Internet coverage. In urban areas, most properties have piped (UWC) DAY-CARE FOR CHILDREN
gas for cooking and heating, mains drainage, and cable TV. www.ismaastricht.nl
There are plenty of day-care centres in the Maastricht Region and waiting-lists
You can also organise your telephone line by visiting a Primafoon shop (listed in Afnorth international School are short. The MIK nursery and after-school care-centre (www.mik-online.nl –
the Yellow Pages (www.goudengids.nl). Take your passport, residence permit, www.afnorth-is.com in Dutch) provides services at 80 different locations while Humanitas
work contract, bank account number and address. (www.humanitas.nl) has 12 day-nurseries and 17 after-school care-centres in
Porta Mosana (bi-lingual) the Maastricht Region. MIK and Humanitas organise many activities, from
www.portamosana.nl street dances and swimming to a brass-band course.
THE DUTCH HEALTHCARE Tertiary education A good meeting point for pregnant women and mothers with young children is
Maastricht University Maastricht International Playgroup: an English-speaking, non-proﬁt associa-
SYSTEM www.maastrichtuniversity.nl tion of expatriate and Dutch parents, carers, and parents-to-be (www.mip.f-sw.
com). Apart from day-care and in-home childcare, there is a further option for
The family doctor (huisarts) is central to the Dutch healthcare system. For Zuyd University toddlers: from the age of two, children can go to ‘peuterspeelzaal’ (toddler play
many newcomers this predominant role is the single most important difference www.hszuyd.nl school).
between the medical practice in the Netherlands and that of their home coun-
try. Another difference is the medical culture. In the Netherlands, antibiotics Other education
and other medications are prescribed with greater reserve than you may be Chinese school, Brunssum
accustomed to. This has resulted in a very low incidence of antibiotic-resistant www.wahfookwui.nl TRANSPORTATION
Japanese school It’s easy to get around the Maastricht Region. Fast public transportation and
Testing is not automatic and annual check-ups are not part of the basic service. www.geocities.jp/maastrichtjapanese- direct highways connect to major European cities and there are no less than
In general, these extra services are only provided if there is evidence that they school/index.htm seven different airports in the area. For an overview of routes in and out of the
are necessary. Some private clinics now offer this service but these are expen- region see the map on pages 30-31 .
sive and are not covered by Dutch insurers. The following institutions offer
scanning facilities: www.prescan.nl and www.privatescan.nl
You can ﬁnd detailed information on healthcare, including pregnancy, child-
birth and dental care at www.maastrichtregion.com and also check the
Resources Section in the back.
48 / 49 TO LIVE
RELIGION Waste and recycling has proved to be a complicated matter, please consult the
Maastricht Region website to ﬁnd out about waste management in your munic-
The Netherlands is a tolerant nation in which all the major religions are repre- ipality: www.maastrichtregion.com/to_live/formalities/waste__recycling.html
sented. Every individual has the right to change religion and is free to practise
his or her religion or conviction. In this country, about 31% of the population
are Roman Catholic, 20% Protestant and 5.5% Muslim. 2.5% of Dutch people For more information: www.maastrichtregion.com
have another religious conviction while 41% profess no religion at all.
Most daily groceries can be bought at the Dutch supermarkets or local stores,
markets but there is also a wide range of options just across the border, including a
Monday increasing variety of organic foods available in the Netherlands. Most cities
Valkenburg have a health-food store and larger organic supermarkets can be found in
Heerlen/Parkstad Popular options for shopping are the weekly local markets, which are full of sur-
prises and excellent places for people-watching. Most markets have a wide
Wednesday range of products ranging from avocados to bike parts, although some special-
Maastricht ise in certain items. For example, the Maastricht market on Friday mornings is
famous for ﬁsh, the Sittard market on Thursday morning for its selection of fab-
Thursday rics and the Geleen market on Saturday mornings for its fresh produce. Go and
Sittard/Geleen explore them all!
Friday Speciality food stores for local products such as jams, cheeses and chutneys
Maastricht can be found in most towns, as can Asian stores. Nowadays, there are several
that enable you to order products from your home country. Expat Guide Holland
Saturday (www.expatguideholland.com) provides various links.
Check the local town website or the special ‘Dutch markets’ website
Sunday (www.hollandsemarkten.nl) for weekly schedules of markets near you.
WASTE AND RECYCLING
There are several recycling schemes, which may vary slightly depending on the
community. Most homes have two rubbish bins that are emptied on alternate
weeks: a green one for biodegradable waste, and a grey one for other household
waste. Paper is collected fortnightly, and a van collects small chemical waste
such as light bulbs, batteries, and harmful cleaning products. Bottle banks are
located outside many supermarkets, as are collection points for unwanted
clothing, and sometimes also batteries. The price of bottled beers and soft
drinks includes a small deposit that is refundable on returning the empty
50 / 51 TO LOVE
The Maastricht Region is truly loved by its residents and its many visi-
tors. There is no single reason for its appeal – there are many reasons.
“Maastricht was propelled into stardom with the signing of the Treaty
of Maastricht and the birth of the euro in 1992”, says newcomer David
Wells-Greco. “This rightfully added to its international fame, but it’s
the diversity that makes people speak passionately about the area. It
has cosmopolitan European allure without the big city problems.
There’s plenty of space; it’s green and calm, and yet there are ample
opportunities to be inspired or have fun. Once you’ve lived in the Maas-
tricht Region, you will always remember the good life there. Children
can attend school within walking or cycling distance and safely visit
friends or sports clubs on their own. They don’t have to be taught about
independence and freedom; they live it.”
The Netherlands prides itself on being a sporting nation and if you want to get
some exercise, you will surely ﬁnd what you are looking for. Because of its beau-
tiful scenery and hilly landscape, the Maastricht Region attracts many recre-
ational cyclists and hosts various cycling races. It’s also great for hiking. There
is an immense variety of active and spectator sports varying from canoeing on
the Maas, hot-air ballooning and skiing and snowboarding in Europe’s largest
indoor skiing facility, to a leisurely game of golf or boules.
WHERE TO FIND YOUR FAVOURITE SPORT
Naturally there are far more sports available in the Maastricht Region than we
have space to feature here. However, here is a selection that seems to appeal to
Many expats are surprised to discover that there’s a thriving cricket club in the
Maastricht Region: Heerlen CC. The club welcomes expats and their skills with
open arms! Contact Andrew Davies by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
045 566 0970 for more information.
The best-known football team in the Maastricht Region is Roda JC, currently in
the Dutch Premier League. There are also several local soccer clubs for the
enthusiastic amateur. See under voetbal in the Sports section of the Community
Cultura Nova, Heerlen
52 / 53 TO LOVE
SWIMMING thing less strenuous, there are the architectural highlights of an historic city
There are many swimming pools in the Maastricht Region, the largest of which centre. For the adventurous, there’s a variety of activities including kayaking or
is Gulpen Mosaqua with a competition pool, an instruction pool, and a large rec- canoeing trips and climbing or skiing in the Netherlands’ largest indoor ski
reational pool with rapids, water glides, whirlpools, and a paddling pool for the piste. There are even underground passageways that have been made accessi-
little ones. Plus a host of other facilities. ble for mountain bikers! And after a day of hard exercise, you can rest and relax
at a spa.
Hockey is very popular in the Netherlands. There are usually teams appropriate FOOD AND DRINK
for all skill levels, not just for top players. Hockey can be a fun way to mix with A simple fact says it all: eight Michelin stars have been awarded in a region no
Dutch people. Look in the Community Guide under hockey. larger than 20 x 20 kilometres. Maastricht is the culinary capital of the Nether-
lands, but there are countless bistros, cafés and other small restaurants in the
region to suit every taste and budget. Visitors are not only attracted by the gas-
GOLF tronomic excellence: they also love the boutiques in the old city centre of Maas-
Golf is growing increasingly popular in the Netherlands. A few years ago, it was tricht and the opportunities to enjoy art, cultural events and the beautiful
a sport for the happy few, but nowadays it is open to everyone. outdoors in the entire region.
In Sittard-Geleen, the Laco Glanerbrook sports centre has an ice-skating centre SHOPPING
with a 400m track, an indoor fun court, and a training ﬁeld.
Class and allure: that’s what Maastricht is famous for. The cosy atmosphere and
diversity of shops, boutiques and specialty stores makes Maastricht very attrac-
MORE INFORMATION tive for all kinds of shoppers.
The ANWB (www.anwb.nl) and the Maastricht Region’s tourist ofﬁces
(www.vvvzuidlimburg.nl and www.vvvmaastricht.eu) which are both national Just outside Heerlen the Woonboulevard is excellent for home furnishing, it
tourism organisations, have informational websites and stores in the larger includes one of Europe’s largest IKEA’s. For other ‘good value’ shopping try
cities with a great selection of roadmaps for hiking, cycling and guides for other Decathlon for sporting goods and Hornbach, Gamma or Praxis for home furnish-
sports activities or events. ing and building materials.
See your municipality website, the local community guide or consult the Two designer outlets with unique designer labels and luxury brands offer good
(online) telephone book (www.detelefoongids.nl) for information on sport clubs fun and value to residents in the region: Designer Outlet Roermond and Maas-
and locations. More information on sports activities can be found at: mechelen Village.
If you’re looking for arts and culture, the Maastricht Region, with its long, rich
The spacious, tranquil, hilly countryside of the Maastricht Region is bordered history, is deﬁnitely the place to be. As you might expect, the region houses a
by historic towns and major tourist attractions. The variety that can be found in variety of historical museums and sites, ranging from artefacts from the Roman
this small region is truly astonishing, and very different from the rest of the era in the Thermen Museum in Heerlen to the treasure-house of Saint Servatius
Netherlands. Dutch people who visit often feel they are abroad. And those who Cathedral in Maastricht, from the Museum of Natural History to the Museum
aan het Vrijthof (located in the former Spanish government building). Interna-
to Aachen in Germany have all of Europe at their feet. tional contemporary art can be found in the striking Bonnefanten Museum in
Maastricht, Museum Het Domein in Sittard and at Schunck Glaspaleis in Heer-
The Maastricht Region’s hilly countryside makes it ideal for a great many sport- len. And of course the region abounds in smaller private galleries.
ing activities. It’s perfect cycling and hiking country. And if you want some-
54 / 55 TO LOVE
Schunck Glaspaleis in Heerlen and Centre Céramique in Maastricht amply illus- Maastricht Toneelstad Festival Kunstroute Europapark Sittard
trate that public libraries in the Netherlands are often much more than just a Events Theatre festival, Maastricht Art village, Sittard
place to borrow a book: they present frequently-changing exhibitions, house www.theateraanhetvrijthof.nl www.kunstrouteeuropapark.nl
various community events and organisations and even have a coffee bar. January
The European Fine Food Fair Remembrance Day Margraten Orlando Festival
Theatre, music and dance abound in Maastricht’s theatres and concert halls. Food fair, Maastricht Remembrance Day event, Margraten International chamber music festival,
Even the smaller towns often have two cinemas: one for mainstream movies www.efff.nl www.adoptiegraven-margraten.nl Kerkrade
and one for art-house movies. And as anyone will tell you, many of the region’s www.orlandofestival.nl
bars and cafés are often not just places for a late-night drink, but dance-halls February Pinkpop
too. Carnaval The Netherlands’ oldest music festival, Preuvenemint Maastricht
Dutch carnival, Limburg Landgraaf Culinary event, Maastricht
And within an hour’s drive, a world of possibilities for culture-lovers opens up in carnaval.eropuitinlimburg.com www.pinkpop.nl www.preuvenemint.nl
March June Limburg Festival
For more information about art and culture in the Maastricht region, see TEFAF Breakfest Street theatre, Limburg
www.maastrichtregion.com. For detailed information about forthcoming International art fair, Maastricht Youth culture & music festival, www.limburgfestival.nl
events, see www.maastrichtregion.com/to_love/cultural_calendar.html www.tefaf.com Landgraaf
Duringtefaf festival Musica Sacra Maastricht
Concerts, performance and exhibitions, Cultuur- en Folklorefestival Sacred music, Maastricht
FOR KIDS Maastricht Folk festival, Wijnandsrade www.musicasacramaastricht.nl
The Maastricht Region is a perfect place for children to grow up, and to enjoy October
themselves too. They can safely commute to friends or sporting clubs by them- April July Dutch Dancedays
selves, and there is plenty to do and discover for toddlers, kids and teenagers. Amstel Gold Race Kunstmaand Vaals Performance, Maastricht
Activities range from learning how to bake a traditional ‘vlaai’ (the pie of the ProTour cycling event, Valkenburg Art village, Vaals www.theateraanhetvrijthof.nl
region) in the old city centre of Maastricht, to camping in the Ardennes, playing www.amstelgoldrace.nl www.vaals.nl
in one of the many playgrounds in the area or taking a street-dance class at November
Kumulus. The Natural History Museum in Maastricht devotes special attention Kennedy Mars Oud Limburgs Schutterfeest Jumping Indoor Maastricht (JIM)
to kids with interactive exhibits, and if your children want to see the real thing, Walking event, Sittard Civic guard festival, Grubbenvorst Horse-jumping, Maastricht
www.kennedymars.org www.ols-2010.nl www.jumpingindoormaastricht.nl
The Maastricht region boasts no less than two major theme parks: for good old- Made in Europe Worldfestival Parade Brunssum December
fashioned fun, there’s the Valkenier while the enchanting Sprookjesbos brings Filmfestival, Maastricht, Heerlen, World dance and music, Brunssum Kerstmarkt Aken
all our favourite fairy stories to life. And if you thought that the Netherlands is Sittard, Aachen www.paradebrunssum.nl Christmas market, Aachen, Germany
just ﬂat polder, you’ll be amazed at the state-of-the-art Neolite climbing centre www.madeineuropeﬁlmfestival.eu (next edition 2012) www.aachen.de
May August Kerstmarkt Gemeentegrot
Bevrijdingsfestival Roermond Booch! Heerlen Christmas market, Valkenburg
For more information: www.maastrichtregion.com Remembrance Day music event, Music festival, Heerlen www.valkenburgkerstmarkt.nl
www.bevrijdingsfestivallimburg.nl four times a year
Cultura Nova Heerlen PechaKucha Maastricht
Koningsvogelschieten St. Joseph Theatre, music, dance, visual art and 12 sparkling speeches, Maastricht
Vijlen ﬁlm, Heerlen 20 x 20 seconds
Civic guard festival, Vijlen www.culturanova.nl www.pechakuchamaastricht.eu
56 / 57 RESOURCES
Recruitment services for internationals International school holidays Away with the kids Family matters
Practical Undutchables www.eurydice.org www.wegmetdekids.nl Resources for www.family-matters.nl
resources Box-expat (Belgium)
Long distance calls
Tourism in and around Aachen
the interna- Transition dynamics
Emergencies (police, ambulance, ﬁre)
www.box-expat.eu (Belgium) www.tele2.nl www.kingkalli.de
tional Third-Culture kids
112 Housing and relocation Driving licence www.tckinteract.net
Immigration and Naturalisation Service
www.maastrichtregion.com/to_live/ www.rijbewijs.nl/nl/english (A)way, Belgium-based magazine for community
your_home.html international families News
Public transport www.awaymagazine.be In general
www.ind.nl Moving to the Netherlands Radio Netherlands Worldwide
www.movetothenetherlands.com Public Transportation About moving to the Netherlands www.rnw.nl/english
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (visas, legali-
sation etc.) List of international movers Dutch National Newspaper (NRC) inter-
www.minbuza.nl www.nevim.com Train national edition
Resources for expatriates
Netherlands organisation for higher Utilities www.access-nl.org
education www.maastrichtregion.com/to_live/ International trains (also see page 16) www.expatica.com Dutch news
www.nufﬁc.nl your_home.html Belgium www.b-rail.be www.access-nl.org www.dutchnews.nl
www.huisaansluitingen.nl (Dutch) Germany www.bahn.de www.xpats.com
International service desk Maastricht
France www.sncf.fr www.NLplanet.com Regional resources
+31 43 350 50 10 Yellow Pages
High-speed trains www.nshispeed.nl/en
international@Maastricht.nl www.goudengids.nl Government news and information Crossroads, English-language web mag-
www.government.nl azine for the international community
Your Embassy References to everything Dutch Language courses
living in Maastricht and surroundings
www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies- www.ﬁreﬂycoaching.com/resources.nl Ofﬁcial site of Holland
Maastricht University Language Centre www.crossroads.mag.eu
Your municipality www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Main/
Meuse Rhine Journal, online regional
Tax www.maastrichtregion.com/to_live/for- ProspectiveStudents/ShortCourses.htm History of the Netherlands
www.belastingdienst.nl malities/your_municipality.html www.history-netherlands.nl
Syntra Limburg www.meuse-rhine-journal.com
Hospitals and healthcare information www.syntra-limburg.be Dutch royalty
Day Care History of Maastricht
health.html MIK (Maatwerk in kinderopvang
www.berlitz.nl/en/maastricht CIA’s World Factbook on
Maastricht and surroundings) Cultural Calendar
Ministry of Health The Netherlands
www.mik-online.nl Jeroen Bosch Institute www.maastrichtregion.com/to_love/cul-
Humanitas childcare geos/nl
Veriﬁcation of qualiﬁcations index.html
www.kinderopvanghumanitas.nl/ Cultural Highlights Maastricht
default.aspx?id=79&sc=2&taal= For other language courses, see under Pregnancy, birth, family, health www.maastrichtnet.n/english
nl&locid=1 talenonderwijs in the Yellow Pages
www.beroepserkenning.nl Parenting in Holland South Limburg Tourist Guide
Education www.parentinginholland.com www.vvvzuidlimburg.nl/uploads/bro-
Welcome to the Maastricht Region
www.maastrichtregion.com Tourism Care for women
www.careforwomen.nl Transportation for Maastricht Region
Bank accounts Dutch Bureau of Tourism
www.expatguideholland.com/themes/ International Schools www.vvv.nl (Pre)natal care
United World College, Maastricht Tourism in Maastricht
Practical guide for internationals Support during and after childbirth
Afnorth International School, Brunssum Out with the kids
www.afnorth-is.com/index-1.html www.uitmetkinderen.nl (Dutch)
58 / 59 RESOURCES
Clubs and groups Fine, and you (formal)? Current participants Province of Limburg
Maastricht International Playgroup
Basic Dutch Goed, en met u? The Maastricht
phrases Pleased to meet you
Aangenaam kennis te maken
International women’s club
www.iwc-sl.nl Hello How much is it? welcoming
Hallo Hoeveel kost het?
Lion’s Club Mondial Maastricht
www.lionsmaastrichtmondial.nl Goodbye See you later
region maatschappij BV
Tot ziens Tot ziens
International Round Table The Provincial authority, nineteen town
www.rt179.nl Good morning Sorry councils, companies and organisations
Goedemorgen Sorry in the Maastricht Region have joined Current auditors
forces to ensure a sustainable and prom- -
www.rotary.nl Good afternoon Excuse me
ising future for the Maastricht Region. maatschappij
www.kiwanis.nl Good evening Can you help me please (formal)? Two institutions were founded for that
Goedenavond Kunt u me helpen altublieft? purpose:
Other (national) expat groups and clubs
1 The Maastricht Region Urban Net-
www.expatguideholland.com/themes/ Yes Can you help me please (informal)?
work, a joint development platform
personal___social_needs/network___ Ja Kun je me helpen alsjeblieft?
and lobby; Current sponsors
No I am trying to learn Dutch 2 The Maastricht Region Branding
Nee Ik probeer Nederlands te leren Foundation, set up to promote and
enhance the image of the region.
Interesting books on the Please (informal)
for more phrases:
www.linguata.com/dutch Current partners
The Holland Handbook Please (formal)
Xpat Media Alstublieft
The History of Holland Thanks (informal)
Mark Hooker Dankjewel
Dealing with the Dutch Thanks (formal)
Jacob Vossestein Dankuwel
Culture shock Netherlands My name is ..
Hunt Janin Ik heet ..
The art of crossing cultures What is your name (informal)?
Craig Storti Hoe heet jij?
At home in Holland What is your name (formal)?
American’s Women’s Club of The Hague Hoe heet u?
Undutchables How are you (informal)?
Colin White & Laurie Boucke Hoe gaat het met jou?
Food shoppers guide to Holland How are you (formal)?
Xpat Media Hoe gaat het met u?
Fine, and you (informal)?
Goed, en met jou?
Expat Guide for the
Maastricht Region Branding Foundation Schunck*
A publication of the Maastricht Region
Branding Foundation, May 2010
Concept and editorial
Lorraine Witteveen (Buro ter Meulen) for the Maastricht Branding Foundation
(1935 by architect Frits Peutz) is included in the
International Union of Architects (UIA) index of
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Concept, design and execution
the 1,000 most signiﬁcant architectural monu-
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Interview photography: Loraine Bodewes
Hugo Thomassen and Arnaud Nilwik
Sueli Brodin and Lorraine Witteveen
Print Possibly the most beautiful bookshop of all time...
Schrijen Lippertz, Voerendaal ‘A bookshop made in heaven’ (The Guardian), nominated
Thanks for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architec-
André Rieu, Neena Kannan, Yu-Hwa Ed Sheu, John Smylie, Sueli Brodin, Alexandra ture, the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009 and winner of 2nd
Katerberg, Jo Cortenraedt, Vesteda Groep, Sam Welie and all locals who were happy
to share their tips with our new international fellow residents! prize in the Contract World Awards.
Various sources have been consulted in compiling and a number of organisations
have lent their cooperation and provided information. The Maastricht Region
Branding Foundation has veriﬁed this information as far as possible with authorities
and experts. Nevertheless we remain dependent on external sources. We cannot,
therefore, accept any liability for any errors or their consequences. We advise you at
all times to get advice from your HR department or the relevant ofﬁcial bodies.
The Treaty on European Union
Was signed in Maastricht on 7 February 1992.
Welcome to the
Moving is always a busy time and there are so Any comments, questions and suggestions for
many things to be done. You have to get the for- additions can be sent to info@maastrichtregion.
malities in order, ﬁnd a house and a school for your com, mentioning the ‘Bright Site Magazine’. These
children, and understand life in your new country. will be taken into account for the next edition.
To support you through this hectic period, we are
pleased to offer you this ‘Bright Site Magazine’ with We sincerely hope this guide is useful to you
insights into the Netherlands and the Maastricht and your families, and wish you a smooth moving
Region including a comprehensive guide to help period and a wonderful stay in the Maastricht
you feel at home in this region quickly. Region!
This publication was produced in cooperation with Wim Ortjens
Brainport Development N.V., the City of Maastricht, Managing Director, Maastricht Region Branding
Maastricht University and the Maastricht Region Foundation
Branding Foundation. The magazine was funded by
regional and national authorities, and was written
on behalf of the international employees of part-
ners of the Maastricht Region Branding Foundation.
Maastricht Region would like to thank all these
organisations for their input and contributions to