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January 2018

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Dear readers,

The Expat Centre Leiden (ECL) team wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!

This year, the ECL will provide you with lots of services: registration and BSN, events organised by us and by others, newsletters, information for new and not so new internationals (helpdesk, phone, email), a very useful website with information and guidelines, and much, much more. Please be in touch if you think we can be of assistance, or just walk in during our opening hours.

As a New Year's resolution, this year we would like to post more interviews with internationals and publish them on the website and in this newsletter. Their experiences will help other internationals in the Leiden region. And, let's face it: it's nice to read about how the other internationals live their lives and to hear their suggestions. If you would like to be in the spotlight this year, please fill out the interview questions form and upload your picture. Our readers and I will greatly appreciate it.

Enjoy the read!

Corine van der Ceelen

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The Expat Centre Leiden in 2017

Just one year ago, the ECL started the municipal registration service, and we were already able to assist over 500 internationals and expats in 2017. We can look back on a successful year.

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Share your story

Why did you move to the Leiden region and how do you like it? We would like to publish your expat story! Please fill in the interview online. It takes less than 10 minutes.


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SRON space research institute to relocate to Leiden and Delft

The SRON space research institute currently located in Utrecht will be relocating to West Holland.

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Leiden in top 3 Dutch Office Locations

The winner of this years’ ranking is the Zuidelijke IJ-oever in Amsterdam. Just like the 2016 edition, there is a surprising top 3 ranking for the Bio Science Park in Leiden.

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New salary requirements and administrative charges

In this article you can read about the new salary requirements for highly skilled migrants and European Blue Card holders for 2018.

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Arrangements for children during a divorce

If you are in the process of obtaining a divorce (or thinking about doing so), it’s important to be aware that you need to make certain arrangements for your children.

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Families in Global Transition Conference

Register for the FIGT Annual Conference now! Also Expat Centre Leiden's manager Corine van der Ceelen will be present. 

Sunday matinee 

January 14th 

Oegstgeest - A piano aficionado from a young age, Sabine Weyer has become an internationally renowned musician. The critics are unanimous in their praise for her works.

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Winter handicrafts

January 17th 

Leiderdorp - Come and join the fun: handicrafts in the Star Garden! The theme of this handicrafts afternoon is Winter. Will you join in?

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Kids’ workshops

January 17th until 31st

Voorschoten - In January, there’s plenty to do for kids at Intratuin in Voorschoten. Lots of kids’ workshops will take place, from crafting an owl to creating your own sponge cake!

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Stabat Mater Pergolesi & Vivaldi 

January 19th

Leiden - Listen to the pure composition of Stabat Mater by Pergolesi. Two internationally renowned soloists will bring this story about the grief of Maria to you. 35% discount for expats. 

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English Comedy Nights 

January 19th

Leiden - The first comedy premiere of the year! With the incredible AL Lubel as seen on the tonight show. Plus Rob Andrist Plourde from Boom Chicago. 

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Leiden Restaurant Week 

January 22nd until 28th

Leiden - Culinary platform LeidsLekkers organises the 9th edition of Leiden's Restaurant Week. More than 35 restaurants in the Leiden region open their doors for an exceptional food fiesta. This year's theme is 'aperitif'.

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Organ concert ‘by candlelight’ 

January 26th

Zoeterwoude - This concert will be performed on the historic Van Damorgel at the Dorpskerk in Zoeterwoude-Dorp. The organ can be viewed up close after the concert.

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Astronomy on tap

January 29th

Leiden - Astronomy on Tap features scientists and educators who speak of their passion for astronomy and research. Professional astronomers from the Leiden area hold informal presentations on a wide range of astronomical topics. 

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Exhibition Katwijks Museum: Real Landscapes

Until February 25th

Katwijk - the museum is displaying the most recent work of two present day artists in the exhibition ‘Real Landscapes’. Both artists are stimulated by nature and want to get as close to it as possible. 

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More activities?

Would you like to see more activities? Visit our event page! Every day we will provide the latest activities in the Leiden region relevant for non-Dutch speakers.

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 Every new month we provide you with special articles and blogs!

Take a look at the blogs overview.
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