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IamExpat - Top Stories of 2016

What were our most popular reads in 2016? What did expats in the Netherlands most want to know about? From immigration law changes to bike theft prevention, here are 15 of the most-read articles published on IamExpat over the last 12 months.

Don’t forget to check out the profiles of authors you particularly enjoyed, to see their other writing. Happy reading and Happy New Year for 2017!

dutch naturalisation law

Proposed changes to Dutch naturalisation laws in 2016
by Hermie de Voer
New amendments to the Dutch Citizenship Act have been proposed; including a longer waiting period for citizenship by naturalisation and the end of applications from abroad.

Six ways of saying sorry in Dutch

Six ways of saying sorry in Dutch
by Ruud Hisgen
Ever offended a Dutch person and didn't know how to apologise? Here are six ways of saying sorry in Dutch by Ruud Hisgen.

How not to get your bike stolen in the Netherlands

How not to get your bike stolen in the Netherlands
Bicycle theft is a big problem in the Netherlands, with an average of 311 bikes stolen each day. Read about easy preventative measures and what to do if your bike disappears.

New salary criterion in 2016 for highly skilled migrants

New salary criterion in 2016 for highly skilled migrants
Would you qualify as a skilled migrant in 2016? The Dutch government has set new income requirements for this kind of residence permit.

 special cycle lanes in the Netherlands

5 special cycle lanes in the Netherlands
The Dutch are experimenting with some creative approaches to cycle lanes. Some are environmentally friendly, others just pretty. Here are our five favourites!

Losing your job as an expat in the Netherlands

Losing your job as an expat in the Netherlands
by Reinier Wolters
Find out what you need to know and do if you lose your job as an expat in the Netherlands. De Vreede Advocaten explains how you can protect yourself.

The Máxima effect: a Dutch love lesson for expats

The Máxima effect: a Dutch love lesson for expats
by Margreet van 't Haaff
Falling in love with a Dutch person is the first step, but how do you show you’re serious? Follow Máxima, who won the heart of the king, even if she didn't speak his language!

5 magical mazes in the Netherlands

5 magical mazes in the Netherlands
It may seem impossible to get well and truly lost in the small and flat country of the Netherlands, but you just might take a wrong turn in one of these Dutch mazes!

10 things I love about life in the Netherlands

10 things I love about life in the Netherlands
We like to complain about the weather and food, but expats often stay longer than expected in the Netherlands. Here are 10 reasons why.

A crash course in Dutch cursing

A crash course in Dutch cursing
by Albert Both
Learning how to curse properly is an essential part of mastering a new language and integrating into a new culture. Here are some classic Dutch swear words and what they mean!

Invader Stu: A Dutch guide to camping

Invader Stu: A Dutch guide to camping
by Stuart B
The Dutch love to go camping, but it is not camping as most of us might know it. Invader Stu investigates the Dutch take on sleeping in the outdoors.

British and in the Netherlands? How to keep your EU citizenship

British and in the Netherlands? How to keep your EU citizenship
by Christine Sullivan
The stunning news that the UK voted to leave the European Union has UK nationals who live abroad throughout Europe asking: what does this mean for me?

Filing your Dutch tax return: 10 things you need to know

Filing your Dutch tax return: 10 things you need to know
by Lennart Suurmond
Find out about 10 of the main rules, benefits and refund opportunities that apply to the annual Dutch tax return.

8 ways to recognise a Dutch tourist on your holiday

8 ways to recognise a Dutch tourist on your holiday
So you’re taking a break from the country with a well-deserved holiday? Beware, the Netherlands just might be coming with you!

Dutch words in the English language you’d never expect

Dutch words in the English language you’d never expect
The Netherlands may be a small country, but its colonial past and rich maritime trade history enabled the Dutch language to leave a lasting mark in languages all across the globe.

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