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Why should expats vote?

So you are an expatriate, living in The Hague. Maybe you’re taking a Dutch course and you’re feeling completely at home in your new country. So why not take it to the next level and engage in local politics? Not convinced? Join the debate on Sunday, 23 February 2014.

The upcoming municipal elections in The Hague are on Wednesday, 19 March 2014. Most expats over 18 who are registered in The Hague have the right to vote. But most of them aren’t aware of this. If you are an EU member citizen living in The Hague, you are allowed to vote! If you’re not an EU citizen, you are allowed to vote after five years. You can check it here, it takes about three seconds.

The municipality of The Hague wants all foreign nationals to vote in the local elections. But why should you vote as an expatriate? What’s in it for YOU? Is it worth the effort to be politically engaged in the city you only live temporary? Are there any local issues that concern you? And if there are, will changes be instituted while you are still living in The Hague?

All these issues, and more, will be adressed during WHY SHOULD I VOTE, AWAY FROM HOME? Join the debate with Ingrid van Engelshoven (alderman for Education and Public Services) in Central Library The Hague on Sunday 23 February. Ruud Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute) will lead the debate. After the debate there’s a possibility to talk to representatives of the local political parties.

Why should I vote


> WHAT? A debate with Ingrid van Engelshoven (alderman for Education and Public Services) organised by Direct Dutch Institute and The Hague Public Library.

> WHEN? Sunday 23 February, 15:30 – 17:00 hrs

> WHERE? Central Library The Hague, Spui 68, Den Haag (3d floor, Culturele Ruimte)

> WHO? All expats living in The Hague who want to find out more about voting in the local elections

> INTERESTED? Reservation requiered, just send an email to info[at] The entrance is free. Limited places available!

> MORE? Find out more about your right to vote and about the elections in The Hague.


Dutch up on the Lowlands

Direct Dutch Institute and Public Library The Hague present DUTCH UP ON THE LOWLANDS. A series of lectures about typical Dutch subjects. The first edition is about the local elections, on Sunday, February 23 2014. In fall of 2014 there will be two more editions of DUTCH UP ON THE LOWLANDS. We will keep you informed!