8 things to know about getting Dutch internet

Home is where the WiFi connects

Whether you’re moving to or within the Netherlands, you’ll have to be ready to set up your utilities and home essentials — a.k.a. the internet. 

Of course, like any foreign country, the Netherlands is full of quirks and getting your internet set up might not be quite what you’re used to. 

Here are a few things you need to know about getting internet in the Netherlands. 

1. The Netherlands has some of the fastest internet in Europe

Yep, you read that right! The average download speed in the Netherlands comes to around 129 Mbps (megabits per second). 

For reference, the slowest internet speeds in Europe are as low as 17 Mbps (in Azerbaijan) and 20 Mbps (in Georgia). 

You’ll get to enjoy some of Europe’s fastest internet! Image: Depositphotos

Part of that is thanks to the Netherlands being a small, flat country, making it easier to build the tech infrastructure for fast internet. 

Even better, Dutchies are pioneers of internet accessibility and net neutrality, becoming the second country in Europe to enforce it by law. 

2. But you’ll want to get fibre optics to take full advantage

That being said, not everyone has super speedy internet. There are three main types of internet connections in the Netherlands: DSL, cable, and fibre optics. 

If your job heavily relies on the internet (online teaching, streaming, etc.) and you want to make the most out of your subscription, getting fibre optics is the best option for you. 

It’s the most stable connection, has very high speeds, and can be developed to be even faster in the future. However, it isn’t available everywhere in the Netherlands (especially in urban areas), and it’s usually the most expensive option. 

Setting up fibre optics comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Image: Depositphotos

Otherwise, if you’re looking for a solid internet connection at home but need something more affordable, cable or DSL might be the way to go. 

Cable internet connections are still relatively stable and fast (depending on the speed you choose), and they’re usually cheaper than fibre optic connections.  

DSL is the easiest, cheapest, and most widely available internet connection to install, but it’s also a lot less stable than cable or fibre optics. 

Head spinning at all the choices for Dutch internet? Just wait until you see all the different providers! Luckily, a service like Prijsvergelijken lets you compare all the different plans side-by-side so you can make the best choice and compare internet subscriptions.

3. The maximum internet speed depends on where you live 

It’s also good to keep in mind that your Dutch address will likely affect the highest internet speed you can get to your home. This mainly has to do with the types of internet connections mentioned before. 

For example, if you live more in the suburbs or the countryside, it’s actually easier to connect to fibre optics. It became a priority to connect rural areas with better internet because they didn’t have a better alternative and plenty of space to build new infrastructure.

You can get set up with fibre optics more easily if you live in a suburb. Image: Freepik

On the other hand, if you live in a big Randstad city like Rotterdam or The Hague, getting fibre optic connections to your home might be a little more difficult. 

READ MORE | What is the Randstad? The complete explainer

The municipality needs to break roads to install fibre optics, and with already established infrastructures in these larger cities, it can take a little longer to get these connections ready. 

4. You’ll most likely need a Dutch bank account to pay for internet in the Netherlands

Most internet providers in the Netherlands require you to have a Dutch bank account to pay for an internet subscription. 

READ MORE | How to open a Dutch bank account: ultimate guide

This is especially the case if you’re buying a mobile internet or phone subscription alongside a regular internet connection. 

Of course, there are some exceptions to this — some internet providers may allow different payment methods, but it’s best to check requirements and consider getting a Dutch bank account before settling on a deal. 

Double-check what payment methods your bank and internet providers allow. Image: Freepik

5. Internet in the Netherlands can cost as little as €30 and as much as €100 euros per month

Every internet provider is different in the options and services they offer, and costs for installation and maintenance can vary. 

Subscriptions can range from €30 to over €100 per month, but prices typically fall between €40 and €80 per month. 

Prijsvergelijken’s services will come in extra handy here. Their platform will allow you to compare subscriptions and prices from all kinds of providers. You can find the best deal for your situation and make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck!

6. It can take up to three weeks to connect the internet to your home

Different internet providers also have different waiting and installation times for when you decide to get internet for your Dutch home. 

Some providers can close a deal and install your internet within a few days, and other times it can take up to three weeks to connect the internet to your house. 

In most cases, it’s a great idea to plan ahead. 

7. You can get TV and mobile deals alongside your internet subscription

Many Dutch internet providers also have combination subscriptions and deals for television and mobile phones. 

You can hit two (or three!) birds with one stone and get a convenient deal for the essential utilities at a good price point. 

For example, KPN, T-Mobile, and Youfone, among other providers, offer deals for all three, but you can also find TV and internet plans or mobile phone and internet plans. 

8. Dutch internet is accessible and secure (but you can never be too cautious!) 

Internet in the Netherlands is completely free from government censorship, and there are plenty of laws in place to protect network neutrality. 

Despite that, it’s always a good idea to take caution. There are plenty of virtual private networks (VPNs) available for use in the Netherlands, to help make sure you’re browsing the net with privacy. 

It’s important to get acquainted with the internet in the Netherlands and how it set it up, but it doesn’t have to be a daunting, stressful task. You’ll be surfing the web in no time! 💪

What are your experiences like with getting Dutch internet? Tell us in the comments!

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Katrien Nivera 🇵🇭
Katrien Nivera 🇵🇭
Third culture kid Katrien has been working as a writer and editor at DutchReview for over two years, originally moving to the Netherlands as a tween. Equipped with a Bachelor’s in communication and media and a Master’s in political communication, she’s here to stay for her passion for writing, whether it’s current Dutch affairs, the energy market, or universities. Just like the Dutch, Katrien lives by her agenda and enjoys the occasional frietje met mayo — she just wishes she could grow tall, too.

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  1. Yep, you read that right! The average download speed in the Netherlands comes to around 129 Mbps (megabytes per second).
    You mean MegaBITS per second. Megabytes is Megabits DIVIDED BY 8.
    One byte (8 bits) is one alphanumeric character’s-worth of data, for reference. Modern IT systems send millions of characters per second and more!
    Big difference and complete rookie error to make.
    Apart from that, good enough article that covers most basics about the subject.


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