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A Creative Housing Solution by SIRVA

During a Tricky Repatriation

An assignee's household goods needed to be packed up weeks before her repatriation & there were no alternate housing options for her final weeks in Shanghai. 

As Nancy was about to find out, working for a SIRVA client has distinct advantages when it comes to relocation challenges. Read our latest SIRVA Story to learn how May Jia, a destination services manager at SIRVA, found an innovative solution to Nancy’s problem. 


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Moving Your Company Headquarters - New SIRVA Blog

Key Drivers and Brexit’s Potential Impact

Why do companies move their headquarters?

After the UK’s 2016 EU referendum a survey of 1300 CEOs showed 76% were considering a HQ


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New SIRVA Technology Transforms Moving Experience for Lump-Sum Population

Self-service for lump-sum recipients (assignees)

What are the challenges lump sum recipients face during a relocationhashta ag? What’s needed in a solution? SIRVA's latest blog post discusses these questions - and iMove, a solution to the growing need for self-service digital tech in Mobility.hashtagM#Mobility.


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Living the Dutch life - May

Immerse Yourself in Dutch Culture

National Mill Days

Visit the Netherlands’ iconic and historical heritage during National Mill Days 11-12 May. More than 950 mills will be open to the public, with millers explaining its history and their trade. The millers also organise various fun activities, such as pancake baking, cycling tours and fairs. Mills have always played an important role in the Netherlands, however they are suffering due to non-operation. During the Dutch Mill Days you will be able to see most of the mills turning and might even be asked to give the miller a hand!


Dutch Beer Week

Taste a great variety of Dutch beers during Dutch Beer Week 16-26 May. All over the Netherlands, activities will be taking place for beer lovers to enjoy! The Dutch Beer Tasting Festival in The Hague takes place from 16-19 May in the Grote Kerk (church) in The Hague, where visitors can enjoy over 250 types of beers, alongside an array of tasty food. Dutch Brewery Days, 24-26 May, takes place all over the Netherlands with hundreds of Dutch breweries opening their doors to the public. Expect brewing demonstrations, beer tastings and presentations. Since the Netherlands is a country known for its excellent beer brewing, the Dutch Beer Week is a great way to learn more about Dutch culture!


North Sea Regatta

Regarded as the event of the year for competitive Dutch sailors, enjoy the North Sea Regatta from 28 May - 10 June. Admire the yachts and enjoy the fun atmosphere of this sailing event, taking place at the harbour of Scheveningen. There will be races, music and plenty of food and drink. Thousands of watersports fanatics are drawn to this annual event each year, however non-sailors of all ages are more than welcome too!


Asparagus Market Arcen

Taste the juicy White Gold of the Provence of Limburg during the Asparagus Market in Arcen on 30 May. Due to the large amount of vitamins, minerals and important nutrients in Asparagus, they are extremely healthy and often called the queen of vegetables! You will be surprised by their versatility and unique variations, such as Asparagus liqueur! The market takes place at the Raadhuisplein from 11:00 till 18:00. During the Asparagus' harvesting months, from April until June, the Limburg region offers many other activities within this theme.


Rooftop Days

Discover the beauty of Rotterdam during the Rooftop Days 31 May-2 June. More than 40 rooftops will be open to the public, in both famous and unknown locations, offering film nights, intimate concerts, silent disco’s, sport activities and children’s programmes. The event aims to inspire using rooftops to their full potential.


Open Farm Days

Experience real farm life during the Campina Open Farm Days on 31 May and 10 June. Various dairy farmers and farms throughout the country will offer informative and fun sessions for the whole family! Activities include a tour around the farm, tasting Campina’s dairy products, an obstacle course and skippy cow race for children! The farms can be visited on you've completed online registration and are open from 10:00 till 16:00.


Summary of Events in May

4 - 5 - Remembrance Day & Liberation Day~
11 tot 12 - National Mill Days
12 - Mothers’ Day
16 tot 26- Dutch Beer Week, The Hague
28 tot 10 jun - North Sea Regatta, Scheveningen
30 - Ascension Day
30 - Asparagus Market, Arcen
31 tot 2 jun - Rooftop Days, Rotterdam
31 & 10 jun - Open Farm Days


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Living the Dutch life - April

Flower Power for Expats in the Netherlands

Tulip Festival

Admire millions of blooming tulips in venues all over Amsterdam during the Tulip Festival 1-30 April. Inspired by the tulip festival in Istanbul, the city aims to plant one tulip for every Dutch citizen. This year, half a million tulips have been planted in different public locations and gardens outside notable buildings, such as the Rijksmuseum, Bijenkorf and NEMO. The city will offer a free festival guide that shows all participating venues, the names of the tulips on display and a map where to find them. Some locations, such as museums and gardens, may charge a fee.

Gouda Cheese Market

Visit the traditional Gouda Cheese Marketa nostalgic spectacle at the heart of the Dutch cheese industry in the city of Gouda, from 1 Apr-31 Aug. The world-famous Gouda cheese is still made and traded in the same way it was when initiated in 1395. On Thursday mornings, except Ascension Day, you can watch the distinctive cheese wheels being delivered to the market by horse and cart and then arranged and nicely stacked for sale. Farmers and traders seal their bargains for the best cheeses through symbolically shaking hands. At the Gouda Cheese and Crafts Museum, located in the weighing house, more about the history of cheese-making can be explored. 

IamExpat Fair

Learn all about life in the Netherlands on 6 April. The IamExpat Fair takes place twice a year, with this edition in Amsterdam, designed to connect and support the expat community in the Netherlands. It offers information about a wide range of topics, such as housing, career, education and leisure. There will also be free workshops and presentations. Entrance to the fair is free after online registration.


Get into the Greenhouse

Take to opportunity to see what is happening in the Dutch greenhouses from 6-7 April. Get into the Greenhouse (Kom in de Kas) is the largest horticultural event in the Netherlands and lets you discover a world of vegetable, flower and plant cultivators. There will be fun activities for all ages, such as tasting sessions, seeing robots watering plants or health nutrition cooking workshops. Find out where you can visit a greenhouse on the website or ask a local tourist information office.

National Museum Week

Discover art treasures and unique show pieces during National Museum Week 8-14 April. Around 400 different museums will showcase their unique collections, with special exhibitions, guided tours and children activities available to the public. This year’s theme is 'discovering the real gold together' - looking to connect the cultured capital's history with the present.


Flower Parade

Enjoy the delicious perfumes and beautiful sight of decorated floats and cars during the Flower Parade 13 April. The parade follows a 42 kilometre route through the so-called Flower Bulb area, from Noordwijk to Haarlem (passing the Keukenhof), and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Good viewing spots go quickly so make sure you're on time. If you cannot make the parade, the floats will remain on view in Haarlem until the end of 14 April. To see how millions of flowers, such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils, are pinned to the floats by hundreds of volunteers the hall of De Leeuw Flowerbulbs in Sassenheim can be visited in the three days before the parade.


Celebrate the magic of Amsterdam‘s spring when the Elm trees throw natural confetti by unleashing their seeds in a flurry of white blossoms. There is no other place in the world where so many Elm trees can be found. It is the signature tree of Amsterdam and has been defining the cityscape for centuries. During Springsnow, the Amsterdam Spring Celebration 21 April until 21 May, there are all kinds of activities. For example, catching the spring snow on the eight-kilometre-long elm route or visiting a spring snow photo exhibition at Amstelpark.

King’s Day

Join the biggest Dutch street party of the year where everyone is covered in orange to celebrate the King’s birthday 27 April. In the entire there country will be celebrations on the streets and canals (often with music), flea markets, fun fairs and many children activities. The capital city, Amsterdam, will literally be crowded with people and certainly has the most exuberant celebrations. Traditionally the party already starts on the night before with King’s Night, what the city of The Hague is most know for. With any luck you might also see the Royal family yourself as each year they visit one of the municipalities in the Netherlands during the celebrations. Learn more about King’s Day traditions by reading these fun facts!

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Living the Dutch life - March

Fun for expats in The Netherlands

HISWA Boat Show

Visit the largest event for water sports lovers in The Netherlands from 6-10 March. The HISWA Boat Show in Amsterdam is the official opening of the sailing season and attracts more than 35,000 visitors. Here you will discover the latest trends and designs and learn all about equipment or boat hire. It is a wonderful day out for both adults and children as you can participate in all kinds of fun water activities, such as surfing and wakeboarding. Since last year, the event has completely renewed and now offers more information about lifestyle and recreation.

The European Fine Art Fair

Experience Maastricht’s yearly feast for art lovers during The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) 16-24 March. The fair is recognized as the world’s leading art fair because of its commitment to excellence, expertise and elegance. Over 7000 years of art history will be presented by more than 275 internationally renowned exhibitors. You will find a total of 35,000 pieces for sale, such as Old Master paintings, antiques, classical antiquities, modern art, photography and jewellery.

Opening Keukenhof

Experience the most beautiful views of blooming Dutch tulips and other flowers during Keukenhof’s Spring opening from 21 March until 19 May. Keukenhof is the most famous and largest flower park in the world, where more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year. This year's theme, 'Flower Power’, celebrates the inspiration and joy the Keukenhof flower gardens bring to people from across the globe. You will see this theme reflect in various events, such as a Flower Power weekend and Woodstock Festival.

Movies that Matter Festival 

Watch movies with a message during the Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague 22-30 March. It is a film festival by Amnesty International to create awareness for situations where human rights and human dignity are at stake, using film's capacity to open eyes. Their mission is to stir debate and promote human rights education. Besides movies you can also participate in talk shows and debates and enjoy music performances.

Amsterdam Open Tower Day

Get a unique view of Amsterdam from the top of various historic and modern towers during Open Tower Day on 23 March. Beautiful buildings, that are usually closed to the public, open their doors on this special day. Previously, classical buildings such as the Beurs van Berlage and the Westertoren participated, but also famous company buildings like the ABN Amro headquarters and the Crown Plaza. Various activities will be arranged, such as guided tours and a photography and film competition. The event is free, however access to some towers is limited and/or requires advance registration (available from 10 March).

Summer time!

On Sunday the 31st of March, in the early hours, the clocks go forward for Summer time/Daylight savings time. This means that the sun will come up a bit later in the morning and the sun will stay out until later in the evening. So don’t forget to put your clocks forward 1 hour before going to bed on the night of the 31st.


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