The Pros and Cons of Living in The Netherlands
Do you ever think about moving to a different country? If you do and the Netherlands is one of the countries you consider moving to than this article is for you. It consists of the most important pros and cons of living in the Netherlands.
Pros of living in the Netherlands
There is a lot of freedom in the Netherlands. Freedom of speech is one of the rights that especially the politicians love to use as you are allowed to say almost anything. Then there is the right to protest. As soon as a (large) group is dissatisfied with something they exercise their right to protest. They police is usually around to make sure things don’t get out of hand. Fortunately, most of the protests don’t get too out of hand.
Another part of freedom in the Netherlands is the right to be who you are. The LGBTQ community is alive and thriving in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, there are some cases of senseless violence but most of the time the LGBTQ community can express and be themselves in public without any (bad) consequences.
Through the country there are food centers that provide free food to the less fortunate. The workers at the food centers are all volunteers. The less fortunate can sign up for the food center. After they signed up the food center checks if they are eligible to receive food packages. The food packages can be picked up once a week. The content of every food package is different. This varies from meat, potatoes and candy to personal hygiene items.
The roads in the Netherlands are great. There is a lot of money going into taking care of the roads and it shows. No unexpected potholes, half-finished or dangerous roads.
There is public transportation everywhere in the Netherlands. Trains, metros, trams and busses. Granted the trains are delayed every other day but eventually they will get you where you need to be. The prices of the public transportations are pretty high though. Yet the public transportation is good as it gives everybody the chance to go where they want to go.
The Dutch government offers parents of children up until 18 years old money to help them provide for their children. You can get child benefits for maximum 3 of your children at the same time. When your child turns 6 years old and 12 years old the amount of child benefits goes up. The child benefits is not only provided for parents who are raising their biological children. Parents can also receive child benefits for adoptive children, foster children, stepchildren and other children that are being raised as they are the parents own. The payment of the child benefits will be done every quarter. This is a great extra if you’re struggling to provide for your children.
When you live in the Netherlands you are obligated to have health insurance. A lot of people are dissatisfied with the monthly payment that needs to be fulfilled for this health insurance. This is because the monthly payment is pretty high. Yet it's a very good rule from the government as many Dutch citizens benefit from having health insurance. Therefore, Dutch citizens (living in the Netherlands) will always receive medical help without having to pay huge amounts of additional fees. For some it seems like they are only paying as they don’t need medical care very often. But the moment that they will need medical care they will receive it.
Cons of living in the Netherlands
Unfortunately, there is still a lot of (hidden) racism in the Netherlands. When you’re walking down the streets you might not get yelled at or attacked but the racism is there. The racism often shows during job interviews or discussions about a blackface character named Black Pete.
Taxes are very high in the Netherlands. Besides that, they are high the Dutch need to pay taxes over a lot of things.
The Dutch language is very difficult to learn. Therefore, reading and speaking Dutch might be a challenge. Fortunately, a lot of Dutch people speak English so you can always fallback on that.
There is a very big housing problem in the Netherlands. Therefore, it might be difficult to find a great house for a reasonable price. One of the solutions to the housing problem is renting a private house from a landlord. Unfortunately, the rent prices for private housing are very high as the landlords are aware of the housing problem and (most of them) use this to their advantage.
© 2019 Kimberly Martis