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Getting connected in The Hague

15-12-2017

The Hague is renowned for innovation, internationalism, peace and justice. It’s a powerful brand and the city is growing. But it’s not a straightforward journey to further heights. The Hague  – a city with history and an exciting future. Ref. I attended my third International Community Platform (ICP) event in Den Haag in November and was […]

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Dutch Customer Service: Managing Expectations

15-12-2017

When we move to a new country we have an expectation of how things will be. Each culture has its own set of values and norms, which affect everything from the relationship we have with our boss to how we bring up children to the way we perceive customer service. When it comes to internationals, […]

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Three assumptions the Dutch should make about internationals in the Netherlands

15-12-2017

Dutch companies compete fiercely on the international market to attract qualified employees. And yet the Dutch culture is reputed internationally to be difficult to adjust to. What can we locals do to help internationals settle?  Assume that they WANT to integrate into our society Knowledge migrants to the Netherlands often come for the job, of […]

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All complete with cows!

15-12-2017

Picture this: you have a nice and cosy life, a roof above your head, your friends and family close by, you’ve known your GP and dentist for years, you play tennis or soccer every Sunday or take the dog or bicycle out in the weekends on routes that you are familiar with. More so, if […]

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Out of the little expat box

15-12-2017

Being a former ‘expat kid’ I’ve noticed that people like to put us in boxes. Just like there are boxes for women, Muslims, Americans and so on, internationals have their own little box. When I told my friends I got a job at the International Community Platform (ICP) – representing over 30 multinationals in The […]

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