Where? Ensggggeday? Yep, a city in the far east of the Netherlands. Pretty much as far away from Amsterdam and The Hague as you can get and probably not the best place for you to live in the Netherlands. Or is it?
1. There are no jobs
Wrong. Enschede is actually one of the biggest tech regions in the Netherlands. With the University of Twente, the biggest university in the region, this city is home to one of the four leading tech universities in the Netherlands. As a result, there are loads of job opportunities in the tech sector but also in other fields, and far less competition than in the Amsterdam region. So far, the university has launched more than 700 start-ups. In addition, Enschede borders Germany, which makes this part of the Euregion, within which 130 Dutch and German cities join forces when it comes to doing business.
2. It’s only farmers living there
Not really. Although Twente is traditionally known as an agricultural region, this has changed over the years. Enschede has 160,000 residents and people of 160 different nationalities call it home. And they aren’t all farmers. The university has attracted a lot of professionals from around the world to this region, which makes it a great place for you to settle. Besides, the born and raised Tukkers, as the locals like to call themselves, might seem a bit reserved at first but once you get to know them they are very welcoming and tend to have a great sense of humour.
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3. Too far away from big city life
Nothing is far in the Netherlands. Enschede has everything you would expect from city life, including shops, restaurants and nightlife. If you do want to visit something bigger, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are only two hours away. While the Dutch tend to complain about any drive that takes longer than one hour, for you this is probably shorter than your daily commute. So living in Enschede is actually the prefect combination of living in a smaller, less crowded city with the big city life just a short ride away.
4. There’s nothing to do
There’s loads to do. Enschede is one of the greenest cities in the Netherlands. There are a lot of parks inside the city boundaries and some great nature reserves outside the city that are perfect for a walk. If you really want to look like a local, hop on a bike and try the Rondje Enschede. This 50-kilometre cycle route takes you through all the green areas in and around the city. In addition to enjoying the outdoors, Enschede offers several interesting museums, cinemas, theatres, shops, restaurants and some amazing festivals.
5. The kids will hate it
They’ll love it. There’s plenty for them to do and they’ll grow up in a far less hectic environment than in Amsterdam, for example. In addition to the city parks, there are several indoor and outdoor playgrounds for them to enjoy where they can burn off some energy. They can pet goats and guinea pigs at one of the children’s farms or, when they get a bit older, hang out with their friends at the bowling alley or the cinema. Enschede has it all.They’ll love it. There’s plenty for them to do and they’ll grow up in a far less hectic environment than in Amsterdam, for example. In addition to the city parks, there are several indoor and outdoor playgrounds for them to enjoy where they can burn off some energy. They can pet goats and guinea pigs at one of the children’s farms or, when they get a bit older, hang out with their friends at the bowling alley or the cinema. Enschede has it all.