How to fill in names in forms in the Netherlands

When filling in forms in the Netherlands, many internationals struggle when confronted with voorletters and tussenvoegsel and wonder what and why they need to fill in these parts of the form. In most forms one is asked to indicate voornaam, voorletters, achternaam, and sometimes there is also a field called tussenvoegsel. Voornaam is the name […]

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ExpatINFO Holland

by John Graham-King   ExpatINFO Holland is a new English-language online resource for the international community in the Netherlands…expat workers, trailing spouses, foreign students, visiting professors, diplomats, love-pats and anyone who may not fully understand the Dutch language.   ExpatINFO Holland’s mission is to provide useful information across the entire Netherlands experience lifecycle, whether that […]

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Saint Nicholas’ legend vs Santa Claus…

      Sinterklaas or Nikolaus, San Nicola etc. in European countries is based on the legendary figure of St Nicholas. Born in 271 AD to a rich Greek family in Asia Minor in in the city of Patara (Lycia et Pamphylia), he was very religious from an early age. His parents died by an […]

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