Goods and services
In general, the cost of goods and services in the Netherlands is slightly above the EU average, with notable differences in specific categories. Monthly utilities, such as gas and electricity, significantly contribute to the cost of living. For a standard 85-square-meter apartment, utilities average around €160 per month. Additional municipal charges, like sewerage (rioolheffing) and waste disposal (afvalstoffenheffing), further increase expenses.
However, it’s not only about cost but also the ‘Value of Money unit’. Instead of focusing solely on the exchange rate, understanding the value of your euros in terms of everyday expenses, like a 1-euro loaf of bread, can provide a clearer perspective on your expenditure and savings. Food and drinks can be comparatively pricier in the Netherlands.