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BSN Number required

To work in the Netherlands, you must have a social security number (in Dutch, a BSN or Sofi number).

This number means that you have registered with the tax authorities and the social security system.

If you plan to stay longer than three months, you must register in the municipality where you live, which will issue you a social security number. 

Even Dutch street performers must report their incomes to the tax authorities. You need to be aware that as soon as you pick up a job, you are obliged to take out the Dutch basic healthcare insurance. If you do not meet this requirement you risk a huge fine.


Photo: Andreas Schleifenbaum
Updated: 12.10.2012