Practical information


Conference language

The conference language is English.
There will be no translation services during the meetings.


Language in The Netherlands

The official national language of The Netherlands is Dutch. English is commonly used.


Making international calls

The country code for The Netherlands is +31, and the The Hague dialling code is (0)70.


Emergency numbers

Emergency calls: 112 (police, ambulance, fire brigade)

Police: 0900-8844 (non-emergency)
Medical service: 0900-5032042 (24/7)
Tourist medical service: 0205923355
Report crime anonymously: 0800-7000


Electrical sockets

The power supply is 220-230 volts (plug: two round prongs).


Local time

Standard Time Zone: GMT +1


Money and ATM's

Most banks and post offices are open from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Only major banks and post offices are open on Saturday. GWK Travelex is open every day of the week. Most GWK Travelex offices are located nearby train and bus stations.

You can exchange money at banks, post offices and exchange offices in The Netherlands. Many hotels also offer this facility.

If you have a foreign bank card with a Cirrus logo you can get money from an ATM. Some ABN AMRO bank ATM’s also accept cards with the PLUS logo. Also check your card and the ATM for EDC, EC and Maestro logos. Of course, you can also use most credit cards to obtain money from an ATM.

All major credit cards are accepted widely, but not everywhere. If in doubt, ask in advance. Cash-on-card services are available from selected American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and VisaCard addresses. These cards are also accepted by all GWK currency exchange outlets and Change Express Offices.



Visit the Holland tourism website for more information.