Origins of brokerage (in the Netherlands)
When you think about brokerage, probably the first thought that pops into your head is housing or property. However, brokers haven’t always been solely linked to buying and selling houses. Especially in the Netherlands, the profession of broker, or in Dutch; makelaar, included a variety of types of trade, mostly tropical goods that were delivered by the V.O.C, or East Indian Company, like coffee and spices. Hence, a small introduction to the origins of brokerage, in the Netherlands!
Amsterdam, increasing happiness or increasing prices?
Even though natives and expats complain a lot about the increasing living costs in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands seems to be less expensive than most people think. Also, the increasing living costs are not the only thing that are important to grade Amsterdam. A healthy work/life balance and the general aspects of the city can be as important.