Ute Limacher-Riebold, researcher, teacher, writer, and expat coach, lives in The Hague. Her passport says she is German but she has always lived abroad. She grew up in Italy, studied and worked in Switzerland, went to work in Italy (Florence) and then moved to the Netherlands in 2005. She is an “expat since birth” and a European ATCK (Adult Third Culture Kid). As a multilingual expat living in The Hague area, she writes about being an expat, Third Culture Kids and raising multilingual children in a multicultural environment in her blog expatsincebirth. She is a coach and trainer for families living abroad at Ute’s International Lounge.

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Five things the Dutch do differently in raising children

Dutch parents must doing something right to have the “happiest children in the world”. The Netherlands is a wonderful place to raise children and various studies back this […]

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Dutch honesty vs forwardness

The straight forwardness and directness of locals is one of the first traits internationals notice when living in the Netherlands. The Dutch speak their mind and, unlike in […]

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Expat life is about exploring, accepting, not judging

Expat life in Holland (or elsewhere) is about exploring, learning and accepting the ‘other’ culture, not about judging… Expat life is about exploring the other culture. During this […]

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4 Events for Holland Expats

Four annual events expats should attend to fully experience Holland and help better understand Dutch culture… There are lots of tourist attractions in the Netherlands to keep a […]

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The Expat Partner

For 79% of expat partners, the reason for moving abroad is their partner’s job, according to the Expat Insider Survey (2015, p.104). Apparently only 28% of respondents are […]

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The Volksuniversiteit in The Hague

The Volksuniversiteit Den Haag (‘community education The Hague’) was founded exactly 100 years ago with the aim to provide affordable education to all adults, no matter their background […]

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Decompress and connect this holiday

  For most of us the holiday season is one of stress, because of the many expectations we feel the need to live up to. Those who celebrate […]

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Understanding the Dutch

Understanding the Dutch doesn’t only mean that we’re able to understand the language. Of course, the best way to understand locals is to talk their language, but if […]

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Expat Transition Stages: From Entering to Adjusting

Life is made up of changes. Some are really remarkable, others barely perceptible. What we all experience, to some extent, are the stages we go through before we […]

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Road Safety Rules in The Netherlands

A reminder of key rules for driving a car in the Netherlands, unique things to watch for on Dutch roads, how to safely drive in cities like The […]

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