With one of the best universities in the country, dynamic industry, a beautiful old city centre and a thriving international community, Utrecht is a great place for internationals to live. The Expats in Utrecht website lists local information sources, social clubs, blogs and service providers to help you make the most of your stay.
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The first impressions of Utrecht for visitors arriving by train are generally disappointing. Utrecht is the country’s main hub for public transport – and unlike other cities, the station is attached to a mega shopping mall devoid of charm. Yet only a few minutes away from the mall, the appeal of this ancient city becomes apparent.
Utrecht is a city of 170 nationalities and almost 328 000 people. High inner-city density lessens as the distance from the Old City increases. More spacious living for Utrecht expat families can be found in the outlying towns of Nieuwegein, De Vechtstreek and Leidsche Rijn.
The founding date for Utrecht is usually denoted by the construction of a Roman camp sometime around 50CE.
In the 7th Century the Frisians, then inhabiting the region, faced religious conversion by English and Irish missionaries. Willibrordus was appointed bishop, which signified the establishment of the Bishopric of Utrecht. Utrecht remained a secular territory until 1580, when under pressure from the Reformist Protestants, the laws changed and forbade the public practice of Catholicism until about 1723.
Another significant period was the signing of The Treaty of Utrecht by several European states in 1713. This marked an end to hostilities and a reinstitution of a balance of power between the players.
With 14 museums of offer, there is bound to be something of interest to every member of the family. Some examples of the choices available are: Dick Bruna Huis (creator of Miffy/Nijntje); Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum (everything about trains); Museum Catharijneconvent (medieval religious art); and the Aboriginal Art Museum (contemporary Australian Aboriginal art).
Utrecht’s calendar of music and theatre offers many local and international acts including musicians performing at the annual Jazz and Blues festival.
Sport lovers are also catered to, with numerous indoor and outdoor sports available yearlong.
With 31% of the population originating from non-Dutch heritage, including many students and staff associated with the prestigious University of Utrecht, the expat network has become well established.
Being the national transport hub makes Utrecht an ideal home-base for couples working in different cities. Families wanting an English education for their children can apply to The International School Utrecht, which opened in August 2012.
The website www.expatsinutrecht.com provides information, support and social opportunities. In addition to clubs like International Women’s Contact (IWCU); Rotary Club of Utrecht, less formalised clubs and contacts are available through churches, sporting clubs, schools, and the University.
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If you are a small firm in Utrecht, the Expat Utrecht service will help you to reach internationals for as little as €2 a week.
Utrecht law firms for expats, housing rental firms in Utrecht, Utrecht language schools, childcare services, relocation agencies, Utrecht tax advisors and healthcare insurers can all benefit from the approach offered by Expats in Utrecht.
Expats also need other Utrecht companies, such as car hire, plumbers, gardeners and flower delivery firms. Expat Utrecht can help every sort of company reach the city’s international population.
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