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Dutch citizen living in the UK

30 July, 2013

01. What is your name?

Anonymous

02. What is your age group?

26-35

03. Where are you originally from?

The Netherlands

04. In which country are you now living?

The UK

05. How long have you lived here and how long are you planning to stay?

I have lived here for 5 years and have no plans to leave.

06. Are you living alone or with your family?

I live with my partner.

07. Why did you move?

I moved to be with my English partner.

08. How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?

It was quite easy to adjust, but there were some things which you are so used to in your home country, which suddenly you have to think about.

09. Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?

I didn’t find it very easy to make friends, but it helps to get involved in sports, have a job, etc. The people I socialise with are a mixture of expats and English people, although the majority of them are English.

10. Was it hard to get a visa or a work permit?

As I am from an EU country, I didn’t need either. All I needed was to get a National Insurance Card.

11. Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived?

As I already had a job before moving over, I could automatically use the NHS.

12. How do you make your living in the country? Do you have any type of income generated?

I work full-time as an editor.

13. Do you speak the language and do you think it's important to speak the local language?

Yes, I do speak the language and I definitely think it makes life easier when you speak the language well. 

14. Please add your thoughts on local customs and whether it's important for expats to respect/observe local customs.

If you want to fit in, I think it’s important to keep them in mind. If you don’t, you run the risk of people thinking you’re rude or unwilling to adjust to their country’s customs etc.

15. Do you miss home and family sometimes?

Yes, although I don’t miss the Netherlands as much as I used to, I don’t miss my family any less than I did when I moved here.

16. Do you have other plans for the future?

I don’t have any specific plans at the moment.

17. What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home?

We are currently renting a home, but are thinking about buying a house.

18. What is the cost of living in your new country?

The cost is probably fairly similar; some things are more expensive, others cheaper.

19. What do you think about the local people?

Local people are generally very nice.

20. What are the positive and negative aspects of living here?

The negative aspects are not having my family and friends nearby, but I have a job I enjoy and enjoy life in general here.

21. Do you have any tips for our readers about moving to, or living in the country?

Make sure you know what you need to organize before you move over and what you need in order to be able to get them, like a National Insurance Number, bank account, and so on.

22. What is the worst experience you have had as an expat?

That would probably be the fact that I had to renew my Dutch driver’s license and was obliged to get a British one instead. This wasn’t a problem in itself, but most insurers wouldn’t take into account the time I had had my Dutch license for, which made my car insurance very expensive and I ended up having to put a lot of effort into finding more affordable car insurance.

23. Do you have any favorite websites or blogs about the country?

I can’t say I use any.





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