Destination Guide for Netherlands

Relocating from The Kingdom of Thailand to Netherlands

Life in Netherlands

The Netherlands is a popular place for expats. It has great opportunities for work or study – and a balanced lifestyle for those who value socializing and staying healthy. The country is also very well connected so you can easily plan a trip home or encourage your friends and family to book a last-minute flight for the weekend.

To help you settle in, here’s a few things you need to know about the Netherlands. The country is called the Netherlands. It’s people and language are Dutch. Holland is the most populated part of the Netherlands, but it only makes up two out of its twelve provinces.

Saying Holland instead of the Netherlands is a bit like saying England instead of the UK. If you’ve ever met someone from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland then you’ll know why that’s a bad idea.

There are over 1,000 windmills, 6 million clogs made per year and 9 billion flower bulbs exported – that’s a staggering 80% of all flower bulbs in the world. You can even buy clogs with flowers and windmills on them.

Contrary to popular belief, very few people in the Netherlands actually wear clogs these days – it’s usually just the tourists. Good news if you can read this. Dutch is one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn. It’s similar to English, as well as German and Scandinavian languages. And the grammar is much simpler.

To make it even easier, the Dutch often drop English words and phrases into the middle of their sentences. That’s not surprising considering that nine in ten Dutch people speak English. The Netherlands has the highest levels of English language proficiency in the world.


The predominant wind direction in the European Netherlands is southwest, which causes a mild maritime climate, with moderately warm summers and cool winters, and typically high humidity. This is especially true close to the Dutch coastline, where the difference in temperature between summer and winter, as well as between day and night is noticeably smaller than it is in the southeast of the country.

Ice days—maximum temperature below 0 °C (32 °F)—usually occur from December until February, with the occasional rare ice day prior to or after that period. Freezing days—minimum temperature below 0 °C (32 °F)—occur much more often, usually ranging from mid-November to late March, but not rarely measured as early as mid-October and as late as mid-May. If one chooses the height of measurement to be 10 cm (4 in) above ground instead of 150 cm (59 in), one may even find such temperatures in the middle of the summer. On average, snow can occur from November to April, but sometimes occurs in May or October too.

Warm days—maximum temperature above 20 °C (68 °F)—are usually found in April to October, but in some parts of the country these warm days can also occur in March, or even sometimes in November or February (usually not in De Bilt, however). Summer days—maximum temperature above 25 °C (77 °F)—are usually measured in De Bilt from May until September, tropical days—maximum temperature above 30 °C (86 °F)—are rare and usually occur only in June to August.

Precipitation throughout the year is distributed relatively equally each month. Summer and autumn months tend to gather a little more precipitation than the other months, mainly because of the intensity of the rainfall rather than the frequency of rain days (this is especially the case in summer, when lightning is also much more frequent).

Cost of Living

Germany is Europe’s economic powerhouse, so it’s no surprise that many expats arrive here to pursue job opportunities in one of the major cities. However, with world class universities, which in most cases offer free tuition, it’s also the perfect place to come as an international student to complete your studies. Finally, with some cities offering pleasingly low costs of living with excellent amenities and infrastructure, retiring in Germany is also an increasingly popular choice for foreigners.

Whether you’re retiring, going to work, temporarily relocating, or moving to Germany for good, it’s helpful to have a picture of what life there will cost as an expat.



Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district


Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar)


500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast


1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk


12 eggs, large


1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes


500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese


1 kg (2 lb.) of apples


1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes


0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket


1 bottle of red table wine, good quality


2 liters of coca-cola


Bread for 2 people for 1 day


Rent Prices

In general, housing in the Netherlands is very expensive. These are the average monthly rent prices for a furnished one-bedroom property in the largest cities:


City                                                         Rent EUR           Rent USD

Amsterdam                                                  1,600                    1,900

The Hague                                                   1,000                    1,200

Rotterdam                                                    1,200                    1,400

Utrecht                                                         1,200                    1,400

Eindhoven                                                    1,100                    1,300

These are the monthly averages for a furnished three-bedroom properties in the biggest cities:

City                                                         Rent EUR            Rent USD

Amsterdam                                                   2,800                     3,300

The Hague                                                    2,000                     2,350

Rotterdam                                                     2,000                     2,350

Utrecht                                                           2,100                    2,500

Eindhoven                                                      1,600                    2,000

For more detailed cost of living in the Netherlands, please click here or visit: 

Utility Costs

There are many utilities’ providers in the Netherlands, so you have plenty of options. Often, getting your electricity and gas from one supplier will bring costs down as package deals are available. On the other hand, there is only one water supplier available per region. You must sign up with this local supplier.

If you are renting in the Netherlands, your landlord might already have set up suppliers and pay the bills on your behalf. Be sure to clarify what bills are included in your rent and ask to see copies of the bills to confirm the costs.

International Schools

Here you can find a short list of some top schools in Netherlands:

American School of The Hague

Rijksstraatweg 200,
2241BX Wassenaar,

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about American School of The Hague


Eerde International Boarding School Netherlands

Kasteellaan 1,
7731 PJ Ommen, Overijssel,

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about Eerde International Boarding School Netherlands

International School Delft

Jaffalaan 9,
2628 BX Delft, South Holland,

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Read more about International School Delft

International School Delft (Secondary)

Colijnlaan 2,,
2613 VZ Delft, South Holland,

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Read more about International School Delft (Secondary)

UWC Maastricht

Discusworp 65,
6225 XP Maastricht, Limburg,

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about UWC Maastricht

AFNORTH International School

Ferdindand Bolstraat 1,
6445 EE Brunssum, Limburg,

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Customs Regulations for Returning Citizens

Used Household Goods and personal effects can be imported into The Netherlands duty free under the following circumstances:

  • The Customer has lived outside The Netherlands for at least 12 months (six months if previous residence was within the European Community)
  • The Customer is transferring their principal residence to the Netherlands
  • The goods have been used overseas for at least six-months prior to import
  • The goods are not sold or lent for at least 12-months after import
  • A special permit is required if the goods are being re-imported into The Netherlands within one year of export
  • If Customer is not staying in The Netherlands for a minimum of 12 months, a bond will have to be posted for duties and taxes

That said, here are a few of the main points summed up for which you should be made aware of:

Required Documentation

Following documents are required for import of household goods and personal effects into the Netherlands:

Preparation and submission of documents should be made as early as possible. The following documents are required for Customs Clearance in the Netherlands:

  • Clear scanned copy of the photo page and Entry Stamp of the Passport
  • Copy of Work Contract or Statement from Employer showing that the customer is under contract to work in the Netherlands for at least 12-months
  • Residence Permit
  • Copy of the Lease or Purchase Contract for the customers new residence
  • Certified copy from the municipality in which the customer will live identifying that the customer is moving from another country and intends to take up residence – this certificate is known as the “Bewijs van voorgenomen vestiging komende vanuit het buitenland.”
  • Original Application Form for exemption of duties and taxes, completed and signed by the customer and including the customers Social Security number, known as the “Burgerservicenummer”. The application should include all intended shipments (including Motor Vehicles) as exemption is only granted once. A clearly written Inventory/Packing List (in Dutch or English), signed by the customer and showing the contents of all packages – “PBO” (Packed by Owner) and “Misc” (Miscellaneous) are not considered acceptable descriptions
  • All Shipping Documents must state the customers contact address and telephone number that are required for the Import Permit

For more detailed information, please view the full Customs Regulations Guide from FIDI. Please also contact one of our move specialists who are here to help you with importing your house hold goods into Netherlands from Thailand.

Motor Vehicles

Motor Vehicles can be imported duty free into The Netherlands provided the vehicle has been owned and used overseas for at least 6-months and has been included in the original application for exemption (see Documents required). The vehicle must not be sold or loaned for at least 12-months after import. The following is required:

  • Keys must be available
  • Original Registration Card and/or Title to the vehicle
  • Copy of Purchase Invoice
  • Keys must be available


Pets may be imported into the Netherlands. Customer will require a Health Certificate and Certificate of Rabies Vaccination.

For more detailed information, please view the full Customs Regulations Guide from FIDI. Please also contact one of our move specialists who are here to help you with importing your house hold goods into Netherlands from Thailand.

Transit Times and Ports of Entry

Sea Shipments: 

Port of Entry

Transit Time

Customs Clearance


30-35 Days

  3-5   Working Days


Air Shipments:

Port of Entry

Transit Time

Customs Clearance