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Services are widely available.


There are many Internet cafes and some Internet access centres. Business centres also provide some public access. Using the Internet is very straightforward in Amsterdam, where PCs are available free of charge in libraries and public buildings.


Stamps are available from all post offices as well as from tobacconists and kiosks selling postcards and souvenirs. Mail within Europe takes approximately five days.

Post office opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900 hrs-1700 hrs. Some post offices in major towns are also open on late shopping nights (Thursday or Friday night) and Saturday 1000 hrs-1300 hrs. There are all-night post offices in Amsterdam (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, behind the Royal Palace) and Rotterdam (Coolsingel).


The main newspapers are NRC Handelsblad (an evening paper), De Telegraaf, Trouw and De Volkskrant. Foreign newspapers are widely available.


BBC World Service and Voice of America radio stations can be received. From time to time the frequencies change and the most up-to-date can be found online.


Facilities are available at all main post offices, telegrams can also be sent directly from telephone kiosks.

Telephone - land line

 Full IDD is available.
 Country dialing code is 34

The following are a selection of codes for major centres around Netherlands: Amsterdam 20, for Rotterdam 10 and The Hague 70.

Telephone information is given in French, English and German. There is a cheaper rate from Monday-Friday 2000 hrs-0800 hrs.

Calls can be made from public booths or post offices. Most booths only accept cards, which can be bought at post offices, VVV offices, and shops displaying the PTT-telephone card poster and sometimes coins.

 Outgoing international code is 00

 Emergency Services number 112

Telephone - mobile

GSM 900 and 1800 networks.

Network operators are:

 KPN Mobile
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