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February 2021

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In this edition of the newsletter we bring you tips and events to help you through the lockdown, as well as the latest news and information for your daily life as an Expat. 

Free after-school activities for kids, a mindfulness workshop with Rooted in Calm, and a list of local restaurants offering delivery are just a few of the useful items we’ve packed into this month’s letter.

Remember, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and recommendations.

Best wishes,
The Expat Centre Leiden Team

Leiden Municipality’s Vision for an International City

The municipality of Leiden has a new plan to promote and support the internationalisation of the city, and would like to hear your suggestions.

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Dutch Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

Despite the national lockdown, the national unemployment rate in December fell to 3.9%.

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New Costs for Post to and from the UK

There are now extra costs for posting packages between the EU and UK. Check the post-Brexit prices for sending and receiving packages here.

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New Help Team for Renters in Leiden

Tenants will be able to access free help from the Leiden Gemeente's dedicated 'huurteam'.

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Valentine's Day at Home

Treat yourself and a loved one by ordering a special Valentine’s day breakfast, lunch or dinner. See a list of local restaurants offering takeaway and delivery here.

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Shop Locally from Home

Support local businesses by shopping online, for delivery (bezorgen) or pick up (afhalen). From clothes and hobbies, to books and food, this extensive list of stores will cover all your needs.

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School Holiday Activities

With the school holidays coming up, we've compiled a list of corona-proof activities to keep the kids busy.

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New International Student Accommodation

By Pilgrims' House Launched last month, Pilgrims’ House offers luxury, stylish accommodation for international students to call home!
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How CRM improves productivity and business growth

By Blue Ninja Learn how to effectively use Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software in Blue Ninja’s latest blog post.

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Are you in a cross-border situation? HBK can answer your questions!

By HBK  - Check out the FAQ about Brexit’s influence on wage tax, income tax and social security regulations. 
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Start Making the Most of Pension Tax Relief

By Your Financials -
Wondering whether to join a Dutch pension scheme? Your Financials has weighed up the pros and cons for you.

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New Maintenance Indexation Figure

By RWV Advocaten 
If you make or receive maintenance payments, make sure they have been adjusted to match inflation. RWV Advocaten have a full explanation for you.

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Exchange your UK Driving Licence 

By Limes International
You have until 30th April to change your UK licence for a Dutch licence. Follow the link for details.
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Give your opinion on Hilton Garden Inn's new restaurant

By Hilton Garden Inn - 
Complete the survey for a chance to win a dinner for two.
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The Dutch Secondary School System Explained

By New2NL - 
Is your child in Grade 8? To help you make the decision about which school to attend, New2NL explains the Dutch secondary school system, and its many acronyms!
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€8.8 million available in subsidies for learning Dutch 

By The Square Mile - 
Learning Dutch doesn’t have to be expensive, if your employer applies for the TMMT scheme.

Webinar: The Dutch housing market and how to buy your dream home successfully

4th February

Looking for your dream home? This free webinar from our partner IamExpat will present you with everything you need to know about the Dutch housing market. 

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Online - Design an Expat Achievable Life - Session 1

23 February

Get connected with expats in the Leiden region and settle into your life here with this free workshop from our partner, Rooted in Calm. Register in advance here.

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Leiden - Winter Games: Free After-School Activities for Kids!

Until 19th February

SOL and Incluzio are organising sports and games activities with neighbourhood coaches for children up to the age of 17. Check out the timetable here.

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Online - Walk-In Tax Advice with HBK Expat Consultants

11th March

You are invited to HBK’s Tax Seminar and online walk-in opportunity, where you can discuss your tax situation in private with a tax expert, free of charge, and without further obligations.

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Leiden - Pilgrim Game Family Edition  

Until 31st December

Join Bizon Events for a corona-safe outdoor escape room, perfect for families! Work together to crack codes around the city and help the pilgrims escape to the New World. Find out more here.

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Leiden - EasyFiets Winter Bike Tour   

Until 1st March

Looking for new and safe ways to explore the city during the pandemic? Experience the beautiful sights of Leiden whilst completing quests and puzzles to make your way up to the leader board!

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Route Recommendations

Get out for some fresh air and explore the local area with a walk or bike ride. Check the 'Walking' and 'Cycling' pages on our website for route suggestions in and around the Leiden region.

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Can't Get Enough?

Unsure what to do while indoors? Keep an eye on our events and activities agenda! We frequently provide tips and recommendations for things to do while social distancing.

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