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About NLBorrels™ - the Dutch Expat Network™

Who we are

NLBorrels is an independent, global network of Dutch expatriate professionals & entrepreneurs, dedicated to facilitating social interaction, career advancement and exchange of information of interest to the Dutch community living abroad.

NLBorrels was founded in 2001 by Sander Raaymakers, a (former) Dutch expat now living in New York with wife, a kid and a cat.

What we do

NLBorrels organizes frequent formal and informal "borrels" (networking events), parties and sporting events through its network of local chapters. In addition, NLBorrels assists Dutch clubs, organizations & associations in its extended international 'borrel-partner' network with the promotion of their events.


We presently count roughly 5700 members in the USA and another 9300+ in 92 countries world-wide* (Jan '12). Only registered members receive an invitation for the events we organize, but guests are always welcome. Registration and membership are presently free.


We are actively looking to start chapters in select new cities. If you live in a metropolitan area, know where to find at least 10 Dutch people, and feel up to the task of organizing a (bi)monthly local event then send us an email today!


If you organize (in)frequent informal get-togethers with a Dutch touch anywhere in the world and wish to join our NLBorrels network, please contact us as well.


The NLBorrels organization is independent, i.e. we are not sponsored by, part of, or affiliated with any local or international Dutch clubs/networks, corporations or governmental agencies/representatives.

On occasion we do accept event sponsorship or partner with the aforementioned when we think it would benefit our members or the Dutch community. If you are interested in sponsoring events please contact us.

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