On this page, we will provide you with general information regarding the facilities in the Greenzone of Eindhoven. For more specific information regarding the facilities in the communities of the Greenzone of Eindhoven, please feel free to use our contact form.
The Dutch healthcare system is one of the best in the world. All medical personnel in the Netherlands have had extensive education in their field of study. The Netherlands has many hospitals, general practitioners, dentists and other medical care. However, the Dutch system might differ from the healthcare system in your homeland.
When feeling ill and/or in need of medical attention, the first step is to contact a general practitioner, unless the condition is critical or extreme. Often, there are several general practitioners in a community, spread over different neighborhoods. In the weekend, these general practitioners will be unavailable. The step to take is to contact the “huisartsenpost” (general practice center), often available in hospitals. The communities also have dentists, as with the general practitioners, they will be unavailable during the weekend and spread over the area.
The Netherlands work with a compulsory healthcare insurance policy. This insurance covers basic medical expenses, such as visiting a general practitioner. As an international, it is obligated to take out a medical insurance policy within four months after registering at a company or municipality. Medical insurance policies are contracted at several privatized companies. Each offer different packages for different prices. Monthly costs range from €80 - €150.
The Dutch education system can differ from the education system in your homeland. As soon as children turn four years old, they are obligated to attend “basisschool” (primary school). This education typically lasts until children are twelve years old, after eight years. After, they have to attend “voortgezet onderwijs” (secondary schooling). In the Netherlands, different levels of secondary schooling exist. First, there is vmbo. This will last approximately four years and combines vocational training with theoretical education in languages, mathematics, history, arts, and sciences. Approximately sixty percent of students nationally are enrolled in vmbo. The vmbo has five different levels, in each a different mix of practical vocational training and theoretical education is combined. The second level is havo. It has five grades and is generally attended at ages of 12 to 17. It provides access to the hogeschool-level (polytechnic) of tertiary education. Last, there are vwo and Gymnasium. vwo is a six-year course and successful completion allows the candidate admission to Dutch universities. The vwo is, therefore, a matriculation exam. Gymnasium is vwo, with obligated old Greek and Latin courses.
In the communities, several bilingual schools can be found beside the well-known International European School in Eindhoven. Often, when living in smaller towns, there is one central school within the community.
The Netherlands is well known for the quality of their public transport. Often, trains and buses run with no delay. Public transport is cleaned every day and often the NS (Dutch train company) provides retailers within the train for refreshments. From Eindhoven, it takes maximum 1.5 hours to Amsterdam or Antwerp (Belgium) by train. Moreover, from all over the Greenzone, taking public transport to Eindhoven city center often only takes less than 30 minutes, sometimes even less than 10 minutes.
Planning your trip can be easily done with several apps. First, there is Google Maps. Google Maps has excellent information about public transport within the Netherlands. Enter your destination and place of departure and Google Maps provides travel times, transits, and delays. There are also two Dutch apps that are suitable to plan your trip. For traveling by train, it is advised to check the NS Reisplanner app. This app is designed by the main train company in the Netherlands. It is also possible to plan your trip with use of the app or website of 9292OV. This app also includes busses.
Although the Greenzone of Eindhoven consists of remote communities, internet facilities throughout the Netherlands are excellent. Some of the communities are supplied with a fiber optic cable (glass fiber cable) for excellent and fast internet connection. Moreover, throughout the Netherlands, all mobile providers have excellent connectivity, running a 4G network throughout the Greenzone of Eindhoven.
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