In The Netherlands
Posted on: Mar 25, 2014

How Greeks feel about the Netherlands in 6 simple questions

By
Yota Baron
Yota Baron

27 Greeks that live in the Netherlands, answered our questions with humor, fun and some bitterness.

1. Why did you leave Greece and why did you choose the Netherlands?

Best answers

Κiki, ( 1 year ) I left Greece looking for the fat cows and the information I had led me here. Unfortunatelly in my country we are going through a lean cow period which unlike the bible’s tale will not last only 7 years. I left because for the first time in my life I felt frustration and rage. Trapped and doomed with no other perspectives. The Netherlands being my choice was only done because of some people I know here.
Katerina, (7 years ) In 2006 someone (still unknown) got into my home while I was sleeping, tried to rape me, bit and cut a chunk of my nose and stabbed me all over with the kitchenware. I left after a few surgeries because besides being afraid that he would come to finish me off, even my closest people thought that I caused the attack because I was seperated, “also known as” lesbian and activist. I chose the Netherlands because it was far enough, knew a couple of people, and I think that the Dutch are more well trained to tolerate other people’s individuality. (I came between my surgeries briefly and my scars were not causing horror to anyone).
Nikola, ( 2,4 years ) I left Greece in order to get away from all the corruption, craziness and inequality. I chose the Netherlands because I was misinformed. Friends told me it would be paradise here but it turns out that it would have been way easier and more lucrative for me if I had just moved to the UK. The language is hard to learn, jobs for expats who don’t speak the language are sparse and when I got here, nobody liked the Greeks.

And the rest of the answers

Sotiris, ( 6 years ) I found a good job offer i had.
Dimitris, ( 7 years ) Initially I moved to Brussels, Belgium in 2007 to obtain my PhD. Once I obtained it I received an attractive offer from a Dutch company and I came to the Netherlands October 2011. Now I work as an academic in TUDelft.
PanoZ, ( 4 years ) No money, same shit, no change. More jobs than England and Germany.
Anestis, ( 4 years ) It was the easy way out in Europe!
Anna, ( 4 years ) I left because of love but as we say: Get a shoe from your country and it is ok if it is patched! lol
Lemina, ( 22 years ) I left Greece because I wanted to study abroad and broaden my horizons.
Isavella, ( 1,5 years ) I left Greece because I wanted to work in other countries to get knowledge and experience for my job. But the crisis push me to make it this time. I chose to come in Amsterdam because life in comparison with other European countries is better.
Vangelis, ( 2 months ) Corruption, envy, egoism, unemployment, religion, slyness, lack of meritocracy, unfairness, lack of organisation, short mindedness, fascism. I chose amsterdam because: sex, drugs and rock n roll, tolerance, freedom, parties, techno, trance, straightforwardness, organisation, respect for the other. Better quality of life.
Jannis, ( 23 years ) i left Greece because I was deeply disappointment of the Greek founding. I choose the Nederlands cause at the time was the best choice for me.
Maria, ( 2,5 years ) Actually i had no reason to leave Greece but a good one to be in Holland. Love is the answer.
Donald, ( 1 & something ) I always liked the idea of having a working experience for a few years abroad. The late years' crisis in Greece was also a reason to try that now.
Vasilis, ( 3 years ) Because you can bike, you can smoke weed and you can do both at the same time!
Sissy, ( 1,5 years ) My family call me an Expat of love! So i didn’t chose the country, the country chose me!
Nadia, ( 2,3 years ) I left because of money, love and freedom of the mind! Nobody was paying back home and my love and i wanted to live in Europe! So here i am ;)
Minas, ( 1 year ) The reason for leaving Greece was the fact that it was almost impossible to find a relevant job to my studies (chemical engineer). Unfortunatelly you must know someone (an uncle aka "barba", a politician, a professor ech) and you must have 123,5 years of experience in order to find something decent in the production sector (or any sector!). And of course this is something that is very difficult to change in the near future. So I chose Netherlands for two reasons. First of all my girlfriend's uncle lives here (northern holland). It's very hard to move in another country without having anyone there. Also Netherlands has a high productivity in many sectors (food, water, oil, plastic) where I'm interested in.
Alexandra, ( 2,7 years ) I left for two equal reasons. Love: My boyfriend was/is Dutch. Education: I wanted to continue my studies and on the one hand I had no sourch of income/scholarship to support that in greece and on the other hand the education in the Netherlands is considered of higher quality (I was also considering Germany and Belgium, but it was easier to study in English here). Here I work as a student, and the dutch organization DUO supports me financially. This is all my income.
Bessy, (7 years ) I left Greece because I wanted to evolve as a scientist. Up-to-date knowledge and hands-on technology was not offered or was not enough in Greece. I couldn't be -professionally- who I wanted to be, not only because there are no positions available but the few are do exist are given to people with connections, regardless of their knowledge or expertise. I only have my CV and no connections, so there is no room for me.
Alexandros, (23 years ) I left Greece because I reached a point that I had to start over again: the free radio I was working for has been stopped by the authorities, a long relationship was ended, I finished university and had to go to the army. I have chosen the Netherlands because it was a very nice country, friendly, open, culturally active, tolerant, free. I fell in love with this country.
Christos, (23 years ) I left to get to know the world and to enrich my knowledge of other cultures and because the Netherlands was then the country that would help me on this new begining. Why? I just think that back then they were very open towards foreigners with ideas like mine and they embraced me from the start.
Irene, (1,5 years ) I fell in love and I followed my husband to the Netherlands since things have turned a bit "impossible" in Greece.
Christina the I hate the Makelaars, (almost 12 months in the cloggy land … ) I left from Greece because I was complete spoil … I was working 10-12 hours and get fired cause I wasn’t working too much … So I decided to go somewhere that I will work less … I thought that Nederland is the best place, because the climate is moderate, the people are speaking English everywhere, and I consider Dutch a not so difficult language. I also like the water very much, so I thought that is nice to live near so much water …Never thought that I actually now live below the water …
Effie, ( 5 years ) Fell in love with a Dutch... I didn't chose the country, Netherlands chose for me!
Areti, ( 2,7 years )i was among german and netherlands but finally chosed netherlands and I left because I felt that was the right time.
Roula, ( 22 years in NL ) I left Greece to come to Holland for a better financial future. Why Holland? Here i 've been given a better job opportunity by an honest family member.

Conclusions

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The Greeks are leaving everyday their beautiful friends and family for many reasons. Most of them are to broaden their horizons, earn more money, find a better job or because they cannot handle anymore the corruption, the craziness and the inequality of life. A lot just left cause they were in love and their other half wanted to move here or was living already in the Netherlands! All for love and normal life!

2. What was the most difficult part of your relocation?

Best answers

Christos, (23 years ) The 2 days on the bus that took me to get to the Netherlands via Yugoslavia which was on the brink of war. Those were not the best pictures I saw in my “escape” from Greece.
Anna, ( 4 years ) Understanding the language. I thought people was trying to spit on me.
Vangelis, ( 2 months ) The fact that i begun from zero having nothing and nobody in Amsterdam.

And the rest of the answers

Sotiris, ( 6 years ) The most difficult part was getting a house. They wanted insane money for guarantees, so i bought one.
Dimitris, ( 7 years ) The most difficult part at my relocation was to leave back in Greece my almost 2000 vinyl collection... Hopefully I managed to bring with me time-by-time most of them.
PanoZ, ( 4 years ) The circle, finding a house where you can register, get a BSN and a bank account!
Anestis, ( 4 years ) I just miss the gyro. You cannot find a good gyros.
Lemina, ( 22 years ) The difference in the mentality... I missed the spontaneous and loud actions.
Isavella, ( 1,5 years ) Everything! But the most difficult thing was the housing.
Jannis, ( 23 years ) The language.
Maria, ( 2,5 years ) The language and to find a job.
Donald, ( 1 & something ) Leaving my family and friends but also the first period here until I gοt used to the weather /language/ habits of Holland.
Vasilis, ( 3 years ) The directions & roads i have to learn.
Sissy, ( 1,5 years ) Get used to difficult weather.
Κiki, ( 1 year ) The weather, by far. Living the past few years in Sparta with 345 sunny days per year and great weather all around, the Netherlands was a shock to me, especially when it took 3 weeks to see what color the sun was here. In 2nd place comes the food and the inexistance of truly fresh vegetables and fruit. But this is also a strong shock for me.
Nadia, ( 3 years ) The truth, the cold and the food!!!
Minas, ( 1 year ) The hardest part for my relocation was the weather of course. It's impossible for this weather not to have a negative psychological impact on a greek guy!! Especially this sneaky, annoying, super irritating, constant water-spray on your face..!! If you want to rain do it good so that I can carry an umbrella!
Alexandra, ( 2,7 years ) Making friends and fighting for equal opportunities.
Bessy, (7 years ) Most difficult part of relocating: being alone & forcing myself to start a new social life from scratch.
Katerina, (7 years ) The hardest part was language. Outside Amsterdam even if they speak English, they do not take it serious and you cannot communicate.
Alexandros, (23 years ) Greece was not a full member of the EU back then, so I needed residence permits and work permits for many years. I found the most hard to get used to the darkness during the winter months. I also had a hard time with the exact appointments culture.
Irene, (1,5 years ) Moving around since almost nobody speaks English in our neighbourhood.
Christina the I hate the Makelaars, (almost 12 months in the cloggy land … ) Finding a home is more difficult that finding a good job or a cloggy friend And what is consider utopia? To find a free sector house without a makelaar (=broker). Those are the worst leeches I ever meet … I hate makelaars …
Effie, ( 5 years ) No problem at all, everything processed smoothly.
Nikola, ( 2,4 years ) Figuring out how this country works, how people negotiate or interact and how things are get done. I will not say that I got “integrated” but I will say that I now have a good perspective on how the system works here.
Areti, ( 2,7 years ) To find a place a room a house
Roula, ( 22 years in NL ) Due to my upbringing ( never give up, make the best of it wit honor and honesty) and my attitude in life ( adventurous world citizen, ) I could find ways to manage and handle different situations. That doesn't mean I enjoy sudden weather changes. What I still find challenging is the limited, biased expectations of the Dutch towards foreigners, the lack of a vibrant ( passionate) spirit of entrepreneurship and last but not least... the unfair and often competitive attitude of some Greeks who live here for a long time and carry themselves around with arrogance and/or indifference especially towards the "newcomers" from Greece.

Conclusions

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Yeah, ok language & weather seems to be the biggest problems. We all left behind friends and family and have spent hours and days sitting alone, thinking if we took the right choice. The circle BSN - House - Bank account, is also a huge problem just like job hunting without knowing the language. As for food… we only miss our mamas!

3. Are most of your friends here Greek? What nationality are your other friends?

Best answers

Isavella, ( 1,5 years ) Yes they are Greek, I don't have good friends from other countries. But I have some from Poland and Spain....not Dutch people!
Nadia, ( 2,3 years ) Greeks yes! You cannot hide from fate :P I have also Dutch, Turkish, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Egyptian, Fyrom, Latvian, Marokian. I would love more from tropical countries like mine <3
Alexandros, (23 years ) 1/3 my friends are somehow Greeks. 1/3 Dutch, 1/3 Italian, Balkan, French, South Americans, British, etc.

And the rest of the answers

Sotiris, ( 6 years ) Few Greek friends, from the old times. The modern one are children of the public officials (cancer of Greece). MOST are German speaking.
Dimitris, ( 7 years ) No. Actually my friends are from all over the world. Portugal, USA, Iran, Netherlands of course, Belgium, Morocco and Greece!
PanoZ, ( 4 years ) Most of them are Greek. Other friends, Spanish, British, Portuguese, Irish.
Anestis, ( 4 years ) Yes, Europeans.
Anna, ( 4 years ) Most of them Greek. Surinamese, the warmer the country the warmer the people.
Lemina, ( 20 years ) Most of my friends are from different nationalities ... Most Dutch and Greeks. Other from mixed marriages, born abroad, see Germany, Spain, Italy etc
Vangelis, ( 2 months ) Greek, Israel.
Jannis, ( 23 years ) I have no Greek friends. The most of them are Dutch.
Maria, ( 2,5 years ) I have many friends of different nationalities : Morocco, Egypt, Dutch, Sri Lanka, Brasil.
Donald, ( 1 & something ) Almost all my friends are Greek. I know a few Dutch people also.
Vasilis, ( 3 years ) Greek & Dutch.
Sissy, ( 1,5 years ) Greeks, Turks and a Norwegian girl.
Κiki, ( 1 year ) I think many Greeks are living in the Netherlands. There are also here people from all the continents. And this is how i got the change to hang out with people from Indonesia, Brazil, India, Mali, Spain, Suriname and many more. And of course also with Greeks.
Minas, ( 1 year ) We don't have many greek friends here. 3-4 greek people, but only one of them is close to our age, in order to hang out with. You can find people from all around the world here! I know people from Aruba, Brazil, China even from Mauritius that I didn't know it's a country..! And of course tones of polish-russian-latvian guys!
Alexandra, ( 2,7 years ) No, I do not know many Greeks here and they live far from me. I do not have real friends either close to me, but if we consider as friends people I am frequently interacting, these are dutch.
Bessy, (7 years ) Most of my friends here in NL are international. But the bigger cut is Greek.
Katerina, (7 years ) I have very few friends here, Dutch mostly but we speak English. Its a friendly arrangement to all speak a foreign language and noone his native one.
Christos, (23 years ) No, the “foreigners” are more and I got Greek friends, Dutch, Ghana, French, Cuban, American, Australian, Chinese and so on.
Irene, (1,5 years ) Yes. I've also got lots of Chilean friends, quite a few Dutch and some Portuguese.
Christina the I hate the Makelaars, (almost 12 months in the cloggy land … ) Are most of your friends here Greek? What nationality are your other friends? Yes, most of my friends are from Greece because … I bring them with me! The rest are from Italy, Nederland and Romania, not so close though.
Effie, ( 5 years ) Nowadays, yes. Greeks are the most. I hang around with Dutch, Italian and Irish.
Nikola, ( 2,4 years ) I hang out mainly with Greek people but I have a big circle of expat friends from many places like Latvia, Lithuania, UK, USA, Italy, Turkey and many more places. For some reason, its hard to connect with Dutch people. We are kind of like day and night in comparison with the Greeks, but the few ones that I did manage to make a connection were people that have travelled abroad and had broadened their perspectives. Takes one to know one I assume.
Areti, ( 2,7 years ) No my friends are not only greek.i have also from Latvia, England, Australia, Dutch, Russia, Swiss, Belgium, France, Morocco, China and Philippines.
Roula, ( 22 years in NL ) Most of my friends are coming from different countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and The Americas. Looking forward to meet and greet with people from Australia & Oceania.

Conclusions

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Greeks have friends from all over the world. Only in these answers our friends are from: Poland, Spain, Dutch, Turkey, Lithuania, Romania, Egypt, Latvia, Italy, Balkan, South America, UK, Germany, Portugal, USA, Iran, Belgium, Morocco, Suriname, Israel, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Mali, Mauritius, Aruba, Ghana, France, Cuba, Australian, China, Chilly, Russia, Swiss and Philippines! We love spending time with everyone interesting! Greeks here say that they do not want Greek friends, but the truth is that most of their friends are Greeks! lol Choice or destiny? :P

4. What do you miss the most from Greece?

Best answers

PanoZ, ( 4 years ) The sun and the ouggareza.
Lemina, ( 22 years ) I like the fact that you can do what you like, I do not like it when people think like robots.
Effie, ( 5 years ) Mama, papa, friends, bouzoukia, bougatsa after bouzoukia, the 3-4-5 hours frappe time, my hairdresser and Chalkidiki!

And the rest of the answers

Sotiris, ( 6 years ) I miss the sun although now most of the time the weather is cloudy in Greece.
Dimitris, ( 7 years ) I miss three thinks: a. Sun b. Blue clear skies and c. Mama's food.
Anestis, ( 4 years ) The sun and the pork.
Anna, ( 4 years ) The sun and the sea.
Isavella, ( 1,5 years ) Everything!! My family, my friend, the food, the sun, the feelings…
Vangelis, ( 2 months ) The food and some good friends.
Jannis, ( 23 years ) The weather.
Maria, ( 2,5 years ) My friends, the weather.
Donald, ( 1 & something ) My family and friends. mother's cooking also and my car!!
Vasilis, ( 3 years ) Family and friends.
Sissy, ( 1,5 years ) My family, my dog and the good food!
Κiki, ( 1 year ) Its not just one thing that I miss, its a lot and I can’t put it in order. I can though name some of the basics like our deep blue sea where you can lose your self… just by staring at it, our mountains, the sun, the great little mezedes and our delicacies, friends, taverns, wine and raki, our warmth, our communication and our social life. I could write whole pages of things I miss.
Nadia, ( 3 years ) I miss cheap & good fast food, real smiles, real friends, politeness, communication and ARIANARRA!
Minas, ( 1 year ) Sea, weather, friends/parents, coffee next to Kavala's sea! Nothing else!! Absolutely nothing else! No no no....Nothing else!!!
Alexandra, ( 2,7 years ) Sun, sea, food, friends, going out (with that order most of the times).
Bessy, (7 years ) My family & friends. The smell of oregano & thyme in the atmosphere. The clean blue sky. The predictable weather. The sun. The traditions.
Katerina, (7 years ) I miss my son more than anything. Two of my best friends too, family, the sun, the food, the mountains .. the list is long.
Alexandros, (23 years ) I miss the sun, the sea, the food, the warmth in human contacts.
Christos, (23 years ) A really nice ouzeri for lunch.
Irene, (1,5 years ) Proper gyros, frappe, fruit and vegetables that actually smell and taste as they should, cheap cosy taverns, stray cats and dogs, visiting people at a very short notice!
Christina the I hate the Makelaars, (almost 12 months in the cloggy land … ) The house ads WITHOUT the bloody damn Makelaars ! And of course my friends. And the sea that you can see where you place your foot at … And the cheap feta cheese …
Nikola, ( 2 years ) I try not to think about it. I miss the essence of what Greece is for me. The experiences that shaped me today. My mother’s smell, my grandmother’s kind smile, the crazy calls from friends that would cut of an arm for you in a minute, the sand under my feet and the heat scorching me near the sea, the alcohol, the life, the food. I miss feeling free, free to be crazy and young, because Greece always makes me feel young.
Areti, ( 2,7 years ) My family.
Roula, ( 22 years in NL ) My family, the exquisite "soul food" of my mother, the blue sea, the sun, the art s& culture, the resourceful spirit and the warm passionate heart.

Conclusions

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The first thing that a Greek, that lives in the Netherlands, will tell you is, that the weather is shit!!!!! We miss the sun for sure, the sea and the blue sky. We also miss our friends and family, the good food, delivery or cooked by our mama, politeness, communication and real smiles and feelings!

5. Name a thing you like about the Netherlands and one that you dislike

Best answers

Maria, ( 2,5 years ) The health system and age discrimination in case you want to find a job.
Vasilis, ( 3 years ) I like that is quiet, i do not like crowned Democracy.
Minas, ( 1 year ) I like the whole city's picture (people's behavior, clean roads, well maintained buildings, super designed bicycle roads, parks ech). I dislike their bureaucracy. City Hall visits and Tax Office visits for different kind of papers. Even for opening a bank account they wanted a special interview! Just open a bank account for me so that I can give you my money Mr Dutch guy!!!

And the rest of the answers

Sotiris, ( 6 years ) I like life in The Hague. I dislike married Dutch woman (very unfaithful).
Dimitris, ( 7 years ) like: Amsterdam dislike: the rest of the Netherlands (Yes, I work in Delft but I do live in Amsterdam...)
PanoZ, ( 4 years ) Weed is the like and the dislike goes to the weather!
Anna, ( 4 years ) Biking is like and dislike the fact that they have true greek feta but is so expensive.
Lemina, ( 22 years ) I like the fact that you can do what you like, I do not like it when people think like robots.
Isavella, ( 1,5 years ) The organization, the safety, the technology, the bikes, the means of transportations, the nature. I don't like people and the way of life.
Vangelis, ( 2 months ) Like architecture, dislike the speed of competitiveness.
Jannis, ( 23 years ) To live by the clock.
Donald, ( 1 & something ) Ι like the fact that almost everything is working properly hereas the Dutch are very organised and stuck on schedule. I dislike when they overdoing it on the same thing!!
Sissy, ( 1,5 years ) I like that is clean and tidy. I do not like the weather.
Κiki, ( 1 year ) Up to a point I like the organisation of their services and their service in general. I like that I got the chance to ride a bike again and even so more under this kind of weather. I would have never imagined my self doing so. I don’t like though that everything is expensive and that I have to pay for stuff like putting air on my car’s tires.
Nadia, ( 2,3 years ) I love this country. I dislike discrimination, exploitation and the bad... the really bad weather!
Alexandra, ( 2,7 years ) I like how efficient are a lot of things. I dislike how much and how frequently people drink here.
Bessy, (7 years ) The thing that I like in the Netherlands: the bikes and the flowers. The thing that I hate in the Netherlands: the expensive health insurance and the frightening, non-preventive medical system! Just do your best not to get sick...if you do, then be sure you have to reach one step before the grave to finally get treatment!
Katerina, (7 years ) I adore dutch organization. But i cannot stand booking an appointment with your best friend for coffee, 2 weeks in advance!
Alexandros, (23 years ) I like the rural design, all cities are small though the country has one of the highest population densities on earth and the mix of capitalism and socialism in the local culture. I dislike the Dutch food, the darkness, the coldness of human contacts.
Christos, (23 years ) I like and admire the organisation in almost all the nececitties of life. I don’t like that they don’t complain for things that need to change and it just bothers them, simply waiting to see if anything will ever be done about it.
Irene, (1,5 years ) I love the green surroundings and I absolutely hate the fact that I can't go to work because they find it normal to ask for 1,500€ for daycare.
Christina the I hate the Makelaars, (almost 12 months in the cloggy land … ) I love the fact that many days even months can pass and I am not frustrate with anything … I love the old ladies at train that speak – in excellent English – about how nice is the sun today … I dislike the Makelaars … Or I have already mention this ...? I HATE Makelaars .
Effie, ( 5 years ) I like career opportunities and I dislike the parking fees in the center of Amsterdam, too high!
Nikola, ( 2,4 years ) I like their balance of order and chaos in their society, it works for me, makes me feel safer. I don’t like Dutch social skills, either with me or amongst them. It really freaks me out some times seeing people being so cold, even amongst their families.
Areti, ( 2,7 years ) The freedom and the other hand that they are so malakes in a such a lot of things which have react on our lifes.
Roula, ( 22 years in NL ) I enjoy spring time and the presence of different cultures. I dislike the growing xenophobia.

Conclusions

Likes

Health system (1), System works good (7), Is quiet (1), People's behavior (1), Clean (2), Parks & flowers (4), Weed (1), Biking (4), Freedom (2), Architecture & structure (2), Excellent English (1), Career opportunities (1)

Dislikes

Discrimination (3), Crowned Democracy (1), Βureaucracy (1), Dutch woman (very unfaithful) (1), Weather (3), Expensive (2), No imagination (2), Way of life (1), Quick rhythm (2), Drinking issues (1), Health insurance (1), Food (1), No human contact (2), Makelaars (1), Parking fees (1).

So, we all agree that the system works perfectly fine. We love biking and spending time in parks, because we didn’t have either of these back in Greece. We dislike discrimination, the weather of course and the people that are some times without imagination.

6. Would you recommend your friends to move here?

Best answers

Dimitris, ( 7 years ) I recommend my friends to follow their dreams... Their dreams can come true in many places all over world, even in the Netherlands!
Anestis, ( 4 years ) Greeks will take over the Netherlands. More we are, better it is.
Katerina, (7 years ) i do not reccomend it to noone. If i knew better what i had to go through, i wouldn’t dare to come.
Roula, ( 22 years in NL ) I would only share facts and my personal experiences. If they decide to move here it has to be their own decision. One thing is for sure, I will support them in ways I can and I will share my knowledge and experience that can help them to move forward. I'm doing it already by the way...

And the rest of the answers

Sotiris, ( 6 years ) No, i will not propose to someone to move in the Netherlands if he doesn’t have a good degree and master. The only reason i still stay here is for The Hague and my neighborhood.
PanoZ, ( 4 years ) Of course. If they are not afraid of the rain.
Anna, ( 4 years ) Definitely, i would lie to them to come here cause everything is perfect. Cause i love them and the years go by.
Lemina, ( 22 years ) hmm, it depends.
Isavella, ( 1,5 years ) No.
Vangelis, ( 2 months ) Of course!
Jannis, ( 23 years ) Υes is a good place to leave but be prepared.
Donald, ( 1 & something ) It depends on their background / profession / level of study and type of course. Some would possibly fit so I would recommend but to some others no.
Maria, ( 2,5 years ) Υes is a good place to leave but be prepared.
Vasilis, ( 3 years ) Sure!
Sissy, ( 1,5 years ) Sure! If they can handle the weather!
Κiki, ( 1 year ) I’d suggest the Netherlands to someone with a degree that knows the language and I’d suggest to choose a city from the middle and lower of the Netherlands. Right now, knowing Dutch is one of the basic prerequisites. Now, if someone has the patience, perseverance and ambition, I would not tell him off. Its just that things have gotten harder even in the North.
Nadia, ( 3 years ) Only for the young and the brave
Minas, ( 1 year ) IF they have unemployment issues, someone they know here, a water+wind resistant umbrella and they are willing to learn dutch, then they can try it. If not, then better stay in Greece!
Alexandra, ( 2,7 years ) Yes
Bessy, (7 years ) If your dream cannot be fulfilled in Greece, then sure, move here if you think that NL offers that door for you. However, there is a price to pay for every choice we make. NL may help you make some dreams a reality but the sacrifice that you will be called to make will be of equal value.
Alexandros, (23 years ) I would recommend some of my friends to come here, the one's that are strong, independent, and creative.
Christos, (23 years ) Absolutely!
Irene, (1,5 years ) I wouldn't really recommend any of my friends to move here. Life here is becoming too expensive and financial help is nowhere to be found!
Christina the I hate the Makelaars, (almost 12 months in the cloggy land … ) Of course! I would like to have my friends around. And I know that most of them, they are going to be very happy here … So I am trying … one by one …
Effie, ( 5 years ) I challenge them to live out of Greece in order to appreciate what Greece actually gives you! And yes, for people who want to immigrate, the English language level helps you to adjust easy.
Nikola, ( 2,4 years ) I always say that “It takes balls to move and live in the Netherlands”. So, really, why would I recommend to anyone to make a really hard move and choice? There are sunnier and better countries than the Netherlands to start a new life, with easier languages. Unless you feel you have the “balls” to make it here. Then, be my guest...
Areti, ( 2,7 years ) If my friend had decided to do that I was going to tell this thing...."the fortune favors the risgue"greek translation "I tixi eunoei tous tixerous”. Because this decision to leave from your country for any place "out"is decision of life. So good luck to any one this was going to be my recommendation .seize the opportunity.

Conclusions

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Everyone has his opinion about that. Most of us recommend our friends to come here if we know that they can be happy and fit with the mentality. We love it here… most of us :P

Thank you all for your answers

Yota Baron
Morena aan de Amstel, Catering services
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Designer, marketer & a social media karate kid (No 4). When she grows up, she wants to feed the world with Greek food & Frappe. Admires the yellow angry bird because it strikes its targets with power and precision.