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Expat Questions: How Do I Enroll My Kids In Swimming Lessons?

The Dutch take swimming seriously. Water is literally everywhere and Dutch kids are taught how to swim from an early age. Through the national Zwem ABC programme, kids work towards three certificates. They start around age 5 by simply playing in the water and learning to be comfortable in the pool. Next comes floating, and read more >>

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Expat Questions: Who can I call if I need a doctor at night, on weekends or during holidays?

One of the best and most valued services we’ve discovered since moving to The Hague is SMASH — an out-of-hours emergency GP (huisarts) service. Via their telephone line (070 346 96 69) SMASH offers medical advice and referrals to see a doctor quickly at the Westeinde, HagaZiekenhuis (Leyweg) or MCH Antoniushove hospitals at all the times when read more >>

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Expat Questions: What do I need to know about having a baby in the Netherlands?

Here are useful tips and resources for Dutch expats who are pregnant during their stay in the Netherlands. They’re all things we learned while preparing for the birth of our two children. First, some reassuring words: Perhaps you haven’t been here that long, and maybe you don’t speak much Dutch. At times, the system may read more >>

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