Expats will likely feel secure, and even large football crowds are usually family friendly and require few police officers.Nevertheless, as with anywhere, there are areas it’s probably best not to hang around at night.Cars aren’t necessary for city residents and it’s possible to travel throughout the country using its extensive network of trains and buses.Due to the sheer density of the population, rush hour congestion is common.Dutch accommodation is generally of a high standard and most apartments feel spacious with large windows and high ceilings.Expats will need to move quickly when they find an apartment as the best ones get snapped up quickly.
Most safety issues in the Netherlands seem to come from bicycles.
The Dutch do like their organised celebrations, but their aftermath can look devastating as the streets overflow with litter – although, to be fair, it’s almost all cleared away before lunchtime the next day.
The Netherlands compares favourably to the UK and the USA when it comes to crime statistics.
The Grote Markts’ easy-going café culture and the summer music festivals that pop up in parks and public spaces are ideal for meeting up with friends.
There are also well-supported cultural events throughout the year, where museums and galleries open their doors to the public for nominal fees.
Moving to the Netherlands from another Western country hardly feels like culture shock.