Cycling: an essential activity for new arrivals in the Netherlands

IWNG’s mission to help you live your best expat life continues. IWNG Founding Partner Sterling Schuyler was joined by Laura Salm from Rotterdam Partners, who gave her top tips for new arrivals in the Netherlands. Watch the full interview here!

About Laura and Rotterdam Partners

Rotterdam Partners works to promote the city worldwide. But they also care for Rotterdam’s international inhabitants. Rotterdam Partners created the Expat Centre, which offers free advisory services to help families and businesses navigate the process of moving abroad.

Laura Salm is an expat expert. As well as working with Rotterdam Partners, she has first-hand experience of being an expat herself. This is what drives Laura to ensure everyone can make it in The Netherlands.

Getting settled: Healthcare, driving and taxes

Laura discussed some FAQs for new arrivals in Rotterdam. 

First up: healthcare. Laura gave advice on finding healthcare insurance and choosing a huisarts or ‘family doctor’. And of course the Expat Centre will be with you every step of the way, with more information on their website.

Emigrating with your car? You may need to exchange your driving license for a Dutch one. This process can seem confusing at first, but everything you need to know is explained in plain English here.

And what about moving with your business? Once more, Laura and the Rotterdam Expat Centre are on hand to help. Try looking up information on the Government website, or book an appointment to visit the Expat Centre.

Helping new arrivals find their tribe

With 170 nationalities living in Rotterdam, chances are you are not alone. Laura gave advice on how new arrivals can get out, see the city and socialise. Check out the Winter in Rotterdam page for walking tours, takeaway-tips and architectural must-sees.

For those looking for networking opportunities, Venture Café Rotterdam is continuing their virtual meetups. And what can new arrivals look forward to once life begins to return to normal? Food truck festivals, museums, live music…you name it, Rotterdam has got it.

Rotterdam during Coronavirus

New arrivals to The Netherlands face a new challenge these days. So Laura explained everything you need to know about booking a free coronavirus test and finding up-to-date safety measures in English

For other health concerns, the International Health Centre Rotterdam is always available to take your calls. Or why not check out IWNG’s Roundtable Talk about how to stay stress free and healthy during these times.

Get in touch

Still got a question that you need answering? Laura and Rotterdam Partners are always happy to help. Connect with them on Facebook, LinkedIn or through their website.

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