Useful links and information for newcomers

If you are new to the North of the Netherlands and are feeling a bit out of your depth below is a list of some useful websites where you can gain additional information (generally in English).

Connect International has worked for over 20 years with the international community in the North of the Netherlands.  Our ultimate goal is to help internationals coming to live in the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe to feel at home as quickly as possible.

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Bevrijdings Festival

On May 5, the Netherlands celebrates its freedom throughout the country at the various Bevrijdings Festivals, Liberation Festivals in English. All major cities have their own plans for the day. These are the plans for the three big cities in the north of the Netherlands.

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Traditional Dutch clothing

You are most likely familiar with the iconic pointed curly hat, long dress and apron worn by the stereotypical Dutch girl. This particular image of traditional clothing is not the only one, there are in fact countless variations, with regions throughout the Netherlands having their own signature style. And while you may not see them in the big cities, there are many communities where traditional clothing is worn every day.

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Seeing Abraham & Sarah

When you celebrate your 50th birthday in the Netherlands, the Dutch refer to this as ‘meeting Abraham’ if you are male, or ‘meeting Sarah’ if you are female. It is a tradition that honours a person gaining wisdom through experience. It is a major birthday that many look forward to and a cause for a great party.

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