Cost of Living in the Netherlands

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Cost of living in NetherlandsAs with many other European countries, the cost of living in the Netherlands has gone up with the introduction of the euro, and many residents still enjoy talking about how expensive everything has become and how they miss guilders.
Wages in the Netherlands are average compared to the rest of Europe. They're certainly higher than in Spain and Italy, but lower than England and Germany. 

Cost of accommodation in the Netherlands

Finding the right home is always difficult and the Netherlands is no exception, especially in large cities. It's much cheaper to live in the non-urban areas, and cities like Amsterdam and The Hague can be very expensive.
Buying a house in the Netherlands is complicated and is probably done best with an English-speaking intermediary. Once the house is bought, the buyer has to get house insurance and will also be responsible for sewerage, refuse and annual housing taxes.
Renting a house exempts tenants from these costs as these will be the responsibility of the owner; however, they may be an addition to the rent.

Transport costs in the Netherlands

Public transport in the Netherlands is relatively cheap by European standards. Most of the country works with a chip card which can be used on trains, trams, metros and buses.
On the other hand, taxis are expensive. However, there is a service called the deeltaxi; a sharing taxi priced according to zones and where passengers share costs. That said, they usually make several stops along the journey.

Cost of eating and drinking in the Netherlands

Alcohol and tobacco costs are low, but eating out is generally expensive.
Restaurant and hotel bills normally include Value Added Tax and a service charge, so tipping is usually unnecessary, though it's common to leave a tip for good service. For waiters and taxi drivers, a tip of around 10 percent of the bill is customary.

The cost of education in the Netherlands

Tuition at local schools is free, but international schools are expensive and can easily cost up to 19,000 EUR per year.

Cost of living in the Netherlands chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Amsterdam in August 2017.

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre 1,400 EUR 
One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre 1,100 EUR
Two-bedroom apartment in the city centre 1,900 EUR 
Two-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre 1,500 EUR
Milk (1 litre)
1.00 EUR
Loaf of white bread
1.54 EUR
Rice (1kg)
2.10 EUR
Dozen eggs
2.80 EUR
Chicken breasts (1kg)
8.90 EUR
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.50 EUR
Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)
0.17 EUR
Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month) 32 EUR
Electricity, gas and water (monthly for average size home) 180 EUR
Eating out
Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant
74 EUR
Big Mac meal
Bottle of beer
Coca-cola (500ml) 2.40 EUR
Taxi rate (per km)
2.18 EUR
City centre train fare
2.80 EUR
Petrol/gasoline 1.56 EUR

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