>>1950904> 1. Is this guy for real?
I think he's for real. There are a lot of Americans and Canadians who are enamoured with Europe when they visit and immediately want to immigrate ASAP. NJB is no exception> 2. Is the country really that good?
The Netherlands is a very nice and pretty country. It is also a very expensive one, and it's got a lot of issues from the fact that the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht & Den Haag) are overpopulated. All the public and private investment sinks into the Randstad, all the while, housing and public services can't keep up with the increasing population.
NL is a lovely place, and I have good friends there. But I don't see myself becoming a resident there unless there was a job opportunity that's too good to pass up.> 3. Is these videos true or just marketing and lies?
So... I prefer his videos on places that aren't NL and not North America. Reason being is that it becomes clear that NJB's idolisation of NL is kinda... meh.
There are three things I think are not so good about NL:
1. The trains are expensive af. While the metros, trams and buses are fairly cheap, NS really does like to extract fares out of its passengers. And while I'm well aware that NS has a variety of season tickets, as well as student and elderly discounts, you're not allowed to use them with an anonymous OV Chipkaart or the OV Pay system - you must have a Dutch bank account and you must be a Dutch resident to get them.
2. Housing is a fuck. Amsterdam and Utrecht are expensive af cities to live in for rent, and part of the reason for that is the obscene gentrification that's taken place in those cities. Rotterdam is cheaper but not by much and Den Haag is not much better either. This leaves the more affordable places being cities like Breda, Tilburg, Nijmegen, Eindhoven and Zwolle, all of which are at least an hour away from any bigger city, except for Breda.
3. Riding a road bike in NL is seen as antisocial behaviour, and drivers hate cyclists