working & living

working & living

The increasingly international character of the region, in particular The Hague, with the presence of more than 500 companies and more than 100 different nationalities adds to its attractiveness for internationals. The welcoming mat has been laid out by the city and new arrivals are supported in their settlement – from housing to schooling and more. Services and networks are readily available to make you feel at home as soon as possible.


To start with, the formalities regarding the relocation of employees, and their families, to the WestHolland area is fully supported by the services of The Hague International Centre. Located in The Hague’s city hall this desk provides one-stop services which ensure that all the required paperwork is done effectively and efficiently so your employee can get to work as soon as possible, and their families settled as quickly as possible.





When relocating to the Netherlands housing will no doubt be a requirement. As with other places in the world, costs will vary, depending on location and size. Whether renting or buying, or finding a temporary solution as you settle this is not a decision made overnight. The WFIA has a network of independent estate agents to help you make the best possible decision for you and your family.


Through our network of qualified and professional estate agents and specialists in expat housing you can explore the different areas, inquire about local facilities and thereby make an informed choice which best suits your needs.





The Netherlands is known for its pursuit of internationalization in every field. Not the least of these is the field of education and an emphasis on languages. The Netherlands is home to many excellent, high standard educational facilities, including several international schools at both the primary and secondary levels. There are international schools where English, French or German are the main languages but also Dutch schools with an international department. Many of these also offer ‘mother tongue’ programs to support languages not mentioned above. Furthermore, there is an increasing growth of post-secondary education opportunities in English suitable for international students.


International education in the Netherlands is either subsidized (by the Dutch government) or offered through private international schools. For an overview of all the possibilities, in WestHolland and information about each of the schools (subsidized or otherwise) we would refer you to this overview of international schools in the Netherlands.


Would you like to know more about education in the region? We are happy to introduce you to one of our contacts.



Health Care


There is nothing more distressing than becoming sick abroad. Do the doctors have the same wealth of knowledge as they do in your home country? Are treatments comparable? What are the health facilities? Will you be able to communicate with them?
All residents in the Netherlands are required to have health insurance, for themselves and for their partners and children. This health insurance system covers the costs of medical care. Many expats take great consolation from the fact that medical care in the Netherlands is in league with the best in the world. Not only that, but almost all doctors speak English, which is also very reassuring. Whether you have a common cold, a serious illness or are expecting a baby, medical care is excellent and thorough.


For every health insurance company, the standard insurance package is the same and cannot be refused to anyone, but the contribution you have to pay may vary if you take out additional supplementary insurance. As an expat, it is very important take out health insurance within four months after you move to the Netherlands.




Recently voted the 12th best city to live in worldwide by ECA International, The Hague is a vibrant and lively city. There is often much to do, and it offers an ideal mix of cultural and social activities, combining the facilities and cultural factors of a metropolitan area with outstanding natural beauty. Considered one of the greenest cities in the Netherlands, an impressive third of the total surface area of The Hague is green, including more than 400 hectares of woodland, not to mention a long and varied coastline of beaches and wooded dunes covered by its two seaside resorts: Scheveningen and Kijkduin.


The Hague has a long history. While living here why not visit the world class national ballet (Nederlandse Dance Theater); the Mauritshuis, with a beautiful collection of Vermeer paintings; the municipal museum (Gemeente Museum), focusing on contemporary art and known for its collection of Mondriaan paintings and of course, not to be overlooked, the pinnacle of our city of Peace and justice: The Peace Palace (Vredespaleis).


Historically, The Hague has always been the residence of the Royal Family and several Royal Palaces are located throughout the city. Each year the city hosts many visitors for the Speech from the Throne, on the third Tuesday in September (Prinsjesdag), delivered by the reigning monarch.

International Community


WestHolland is a large and diverse international region. The city of The Hague is home to more than 100 nationalities and at least 90 embassies. It is the world in a nutshell with all this versatility echoed in the city’s population and what the city has to offer. For more than 50,000 expats living and working in The Hague and the surrounding region, the city is active in ensuring that these residents also feel at home. On the city’s municipal English language website,, up to date information is available on a number of aspects related to living in The Hague. Visit the Expat Service page to find out more about expat organizations in The Hague.


Are you planning to establish your
business in WESTHOLLAND?

Please contact:
Laurens Kok
Foreign Investor Relations Manager

You can reach me on:
M: +31 6 83 21 01 72
T: +31 70 311 55 55