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Clean, humid, polite people, everybody speaks English.
Seaside: the North Sea is 20 minutes away by train, but too cold to swim.
Mostly friendly with the exception of low-qualified migrants from the African countries.
Very variable. Frequent rains, little sun in winter and hard winds. Winters are warmer than in Russia (usually above 0). Summers are cool with temperatures rarely above 20 degrees.
Children can attend school after turning 4 years old and it is obligatory ones a child turns 5. The first two years are like Russian kindergarten – no lessons and grades. Studying starts in the 3rd year (6-7 year olds). Higher education is paid, but not expensive, as far as I know.
Health insurance is mandatory, about 120 euro per month per person, children get theirs free. The first 300 euro of medical bills annually have to be paid by yourself, the rest is covered by the insurance.
Everybody speaks English, so learning Dutch is hard, since it is unnecessary.
Great roads, attentive drivers. Trains can take you anywhere in the country in 3 hours. Well-developed but expensive public transport.
Going abroad: a Dutch residence permit allows visa-free travel around Europe. Requirements for going to other countries are the same as for Russian citizens.
Food is 1.5-2 times more expensive than in Russia.
High demand for developers. There is a state program for knowledge migrants (tax breaks). Salaries are about 40-60 thousand euro annually pre-tax, minimum pay is state-regulated and age-dependent (developers older than 30 years, can’t earn less than 52 thousand euro annually).
Renting isn’t easy. Rent in the city center starts at 1500 euro per month. Buying a mortgage is relatively easy, providing you are permanently employed. Mortgage is cheaper than rent.
It is safe to walk at night everywhere, but maybe the Arena district. Bicycles are stolen in huge quantities. Your pockets/bag can be picked, especially in the touristy center.
Men tend to look after themselves more than their Russian counterparts, women – less so.
We spend 50 euro per month for 60 Mbit + about 30 TV channels.
It’s all well. No crisis, minimal inflation. Housing prices have fallen by 20% since 2008, but have started rising again (2014).
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