Moving to the Netherlands

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Anyone moving to the Netherlands will have the pleasure of integrating into a society at ease with 21st century living. 

Expats will discover a modern state long at the forefront of global trends in government, banking and commerce. The Dutch were among the first to have a stock market and corporations, and had a democracy at a time when most of Europe was still ruled by monarchies. 

The famously flat country of clogs, tulips and windmills is highly regarded for its tolerance and liberal ideals – and its laidback local residents aren't easily offended.

It's not for nothing that one of the country's most famous stories involves a small boy bravely saving his town by plugging a leaking sea wall. Its famed dykes, like the waterways that criss-cross the country, are a dominant feature of Dutch life. Most of the population lives on land below sea level that's been reclaimed from the ocean. And at any time in history, had too many of the dykes failed, much of the country would have been washed away.

The Netherlands has a cosmopolitan population with expats from across the world. It's a secular state that respects diversity, and religious expats will have access to Christian, Islamic, private and public schools.
 
It's a country of middle-sized towns where even Amsterdam, the capital, has less than a million inhabitants in the city itself. That said, the Randstad – which contains Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht – is populated by nearly 8 million people, and it's covered by a dense rail network that allows people to commute to work from all over. 
 
The country is also a global legal capital. The Hague is the centre of local government, and hosts the International Criminal Court as well as the headquarters of Europol, the EU's police force.

Freedom is a quality that all the world’s countries would like to claim, but few go so far as the Dutch to make this ideal a reality.

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