Living in Maastricht

Moving to the very Southern tip of the Netherlands is moving to the centre of Europe. With Brussels, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Liege and Paris within a three-hour commute and several (international) airports close-by, Europe is at your feet. And although the inhabitants will say that the Maastricht Region is nothing like the (rest of the) Netherlands, in general the Dutch are easy-going, straightforward, and most speak English. They are known for their tolerance of other religions, viewpoints and customs, which makes the Netherlands an attractive location for foreigners.

  • Maastricht is known as the oldest town in the Netherlands and its history stretches back to 50 BC when the Romans set up camp on the banks of the Maas river. The name Maastricht comes from the Latin term Mosae Trajectum, which means ‘passage over the Maas.’
  • Maastricht gained international fame as the host of the European Summit of 1991, where the ‘Treaty of Maastricht ’was adopted as the formal foundation of the European Union. Commerce, Life Sciences, Industrial Manufacturing and Service are the most important sectors in Maastricht.
  • Although Maastricht is not a very big city (120.000 inhabitants), it is usually buzzing with people day and night, many of which are students. There are hundreds of shops, bars, cafés, restaurants, clubs, galleries, and theatres etcetera.
  • For years some of the Dutch secondary schools in the Maastricht Region rank in the top ten best schools in the Netherlands. Some of them have international programs suitable for non-Dutch speakers.


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