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You don’t have to know Dutch to work in the Netherlands

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You don't have to know Dutch to work in the Netherlands

You want to live in the Netherlands and want to start looking for a job, but there is a problem: you do not speak Dutch! The Netherlands, especially the city of Amsterdam, is a real meeting point for international citizens. 

Excellent infrastructure, innovative thinkinģ and excellent transport opportunities with the rest of Europe make the Netherlands a dream country for immigrants. The Netherlands is the most widely and best spoken country of English among non-native speaking countries in the world. This sounds good doesn’t it? But while Dutch people can speak great English, that doesn’t mean you can “prefer” to just speak English while living in the Netherlands.

You don’t have to speak Dutch to work in the Netherlands. Many immigrants find employment with international companies in Amsterdam (or other Dutch cities). These people can meet the country and run their business entirely in English, in or out of the office.

But we have a caveat for you: although you don’t have to speak Dutch to work in the Netherlands, we definitely recommend that you can!

Here are some reasons for this:

You don’t have to know Dutch to work in the Netherlands

If you don’t speak Dutch, your job opportunities may be limited.

This is actually not that surprising. You live in a foreign country with its own language, so most work is done in Dutch. There are many companies in the Netherlands that operate almost entirely in English, but still, the majority of companies speak Dutch.

Job competition in the Netherlands is also very intense, so in some cases knowing Dutch can give you a great opportunity among other candidates.

If you don’t speak Dutch, you may miss the social aspects of work life at times.

The Dutch are famous for having one of the best work-life balances in the world.

Unless you’re working for an international company, social conversations such as afternoon drinks (borrolen), company outings, or even conversations around the coffee machine are usually held in Dutch.

Living abroad might not be that fun if you don’t try to integrate

The Netherlands has an ever-evolving multinational community. So you can definitely find lots of immigrant friends to build your close circle. But if you really want to be a part of Dutch life and all the daily habits that come with it, it’s worth trying to learn the language.

Learning Dutch can be surprisingly fun for you, as well as gaining a new language skill – even just being able to order a Dutch coffee – will be appreciated by the locals.

There are many big international brands in the Netherlands where you can find a job and speak English.

You can start with these companies to apply for job postings:

1.Booking.com

2.Heineken

3.IKEA

4.Liberty Global (VodafoneZiggo, Virgin Media etc.)

5.Nike

6.Philips

7.Shell

8.Tesla

9.TomTom

10.Under Armour

11.Unilever

You don’t have to know Dutch to work in the Netherlands

Make sure you meet the requirements to be able to Work in the Netherlands

If you are in a European Union country, you probably have a work permit. If not, you should check whether you need a visa to work in the Netherlands or if you are eligible for a sponsored one in the Netherlands.

Tailor your CV to Dutch standards

The CV you use for job postings in your home country may not be Dutch. Make sure your CV is fully optimized for Dutch recruiters, while looking simple and useful.

Update your LinkedIn

LinkedIn is actively used by companies in the Netherlands as an application. Make sure it is up to date and active. In addition to LinkedIn, Indeed.nl, De Nationale, Vacaturebank, Mosterboard.nl and wer.nl are also popular options.

While you don’t have to speak Dutch while working in the Netherlands, being able to speak Dutch will benefit you greatly both socially and for your career in the Netherlands.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming

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Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.

Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.

According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.

A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.

The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.

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The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has tripled since 2020

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Automotive industry groups report that the number of electric cars registered in the Netherlands has nearly tripled in two and a half years.

It was shared that there are more than 300,000 electric passenger cars registered across the country. This figure was below 108,000 at the beginning of 2020.

About 20 percent of all electric cars on Dutch roads were produced by Tesla, with the Model 3 being the most popular. The second most popular brand was Volkswagen with 12.5 percent of the number of electric cars available on the roads, followed by Kia with just over 9 percent.

So, what brand of vehicles do those who have bought or will buy electric cars among our followers use? We are waiting your comments.

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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport

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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport

Robert Carsouw, chief financial officer of Schiphol Airport, said that after the final salary negotiations, they plan to make a new offer to the security guards within two weeks.

Carsouw stated that there will be no improvement in the chaotic long queues at the airport in a short time. Schiphol will also take action to improve working conditions to make airport security jobs more attractive.

Airport management has started discussions with the ministry and security companies to find out what is needed to attract more security guards. At this point, in addition to salaries, two more criticisms emerged: Carsouw stated that the security guards had difficulties in scheduling working hours, especially due to irregular shifts, and that they needed a place to rest during breaks, and that the airport started working on both issues.

The FNV labor union had previously reported that security guards were looking for work elsewhere after the temporary summer bonus disappeared in September. Joost van Doesburg, FNV’s Schiphol campaign manager, said many security guards wanted to leave the airport because of this.

Schiphol Airport last week called on airlines to cancel their flights to contain the crowds in the departure lounges. Following the recent cancellations, Schiphol offered the airlines 350 euros in compensation per canceled passenger.

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