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Insurances in the Netherlands

Insurances in the Netherlands

There are many types of insurance in the Netherlands. While certain insurances are compulsory, you do have the freedom to choose the provider. It is then wise to compare policies, fees and premiums before choosing an insurance company.

Types of insurance available in the Netherlands

Generally speaking, there are three different types of insurance available in the Netherlands:

Health insurance (zorgverzekering)

All residents of the Netherlands are required to take out basic Dutch health insurance.

General insurance or non-life insurance (schadeverzekering)

General insurance compensates the insured after the occurrence of an insured risk (also known as property and casualty insurance).

Life insurance (levensverzekering)

Life insurance is related to the life or death of a person. For example term life insurance (overlijdensrisicoverzekering) and funeral insurance (uitvaartverzekering).

Compulsory insurances in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there are a few insurances that are compulsory. For example health insurance (zorgverzekering) and motor vehicle insurance (WA-verzekering).

However, there are other insurances that you are not obliged to take out but you are highly advised to. For example the residential premises insurance (opstalverzekering) for those who want to buy a house and need to take a Dutch mortgage. Often mortgage providers in the Netherlands require you take it out.

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