An overview of notable dates for the coming 3 months in the Netherlands.Continue reading “Important Dates & Holidays – April, May & June 2021”
The coronavirus measures are testing everyone’s resilience, both physically and mentally. The longer the crisis continues, the more difficult it becomes for everyone. Now that a year has passed, the pandemic’s social and economic effects are mounting dramatically.
The government remains focused on protecting people in at-risk groups, and ensuring healthcare remains accessible to those in need. The rise of the British coronavirus variant means that the daily infection rate is now dropping less, or even increasing, compared with a few weeks ago. A third wave of infections seems unavoidable.Continue reading “Covid-regulations – 3 March Update”
An overview of notable dates for the coming 3 months in the Netherlands.Continue reading “Important Dates & Holidays – January, February & March 2021”
From 1 July: staying 1.5 metres apart remains the norm
We can now take another step forward in our approach to tackling coronavirus. A new phase is beginning and we are moving from an intelligent lockdown to less restrictive rules. General rules still apply, because coronavirus has not gone away.Continue reading “Updated Relaxed Corona Regulations from 1 July 2020”
Yesterday evening, during a national press conference, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, announced an extension of the Coronavirus measures currently in place. These measures will now be in force through 28 April 2020, an extension of an additional 3 weeks past the former date of 6 April 2020.Continue reading “Coronavirus Measures Update”
These are strange times for us all, but especially, perhaps, for those who are new residents in the Northern Netherlands. In this time of face-to-face social distancing, new residents may feel particularly disconnected as they may be far from their home countries and not yet rooted in the Netherlands society and culture. Even long-term residents may find the adjustment to living smaller and more contained a challenge.Continue reading “Coronavirus Measures and Connect International”
You may have heard about it from colleagues, or via the news, but here is a full break down of the new speed limit that will come into effect in March.
From mid-March 2020 new road rules will come into effect on Dutch motorways where currently the speed limit is 120 or 130 kilometres per hour. On these roads, between the hours of 6am and 7pm, a new reduced maximum speed limit of 100 kilometre per hour will be in effect.Continue reading “Step on the brakes! Reduced speed limits!”
It is official. On January 31st 2020 the UK left the EU. There is a transition period from February 1st 2020 up to and including December 31st 2020. During this transition period you can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands, however after the transition period you will need a residence document in order to stay in the Netherlands.Continue reading “Brexit and your right of residence”
Connect International organises various events and activities every month to give international residents a sense of community, to help them better understand the Dutch culture, to find their way in their daily lives in the northern Netherlands and simply to have fun. So come and try out some of the Connect International clubs and events.Continue reading “Enjoy 2020 with Connect International”
The Dutch speak, it is claimed, the best English in the world. Among the main reasons for such high degree of English speakers in the Netherlands are the country’s small size, dependency on international trade and the use of subtitles for foreign languages on TV rather than audio dubbing. Furthermore, English is (alongside Dutch, of course) an official language of the municipality of Amsterdam.Continue reading “Improve your English”