Nevertheless, as with anywhere, there are areas it’s probably best not to hang around at night.
New arrivals will find out where these are quite quickly.
While the Dutch are happy to speak English to new arrivals, they’re justifiably proud of their language and expect expats to learn the basics.
Dutch seems like a cross between English and German, so many of the words sound familiar, but getting to grips with its guttural "G" sounds can be challenging.
The Dutch strive for an egalitarian society and are known for their liberalism, welcoming religions and traditions from elsewhere.
But this doesn’t mean the Netherlands doesn’t have its own rich cultural heritage – far from it.
The Netherlands compares favourably to the UK and the USA when it comes to crime statistics.
Expats will likely feel secure, and even large football crowds are usually family friendly and require few police officers.
Shell apartments may seem like a bargain, but renting one often means having to buy everything, including carpets and white goods.
Embracing this habit will increase expats’ fitness levels while doing their bit for the environment and blending in with the locals.
Cars aren’t necessary for city residents and it’s possible to travel throughout the country using its extensive network of trains and buses.
Expats will need to move quickly when they find an apartment as the best ones get snapped up quickly.
Although light and airy, the Dutch tendency to tack the kitchen onto the living room’s back wall isn’t always practical.
There are also well-supported cultural events throughout the year, where museums and galleries open their doors to the public for nominal fees.