Indian companies in Amsterdam
The ties between India and the Netherlands, and especially Amsterdam, are long and strong. Many major Dutch companies, such as Shell, Unilever, KLM and Rabobank, already have a growing and successful presence in India.
Likewise, roughly 180 Indian companies are currently active in the Netherlands, over half of which are based in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Many of these companies are active in the field of ICT and benefit greatly from Amsterdam’s leading role as in international IT hub. The 90 Indian companies that are located in or near Amsterdam account for around 12,000 jobs.
Indian community in Amsterdam
Around 8,000 Indian expats live in the Amsterdam Area. Many of these expats come as highly skilled migrants, working for Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel, Infosys, Sun Pharma or one of the many other large Indian companies that have established offices or factories in the region.
As a result, the Netherlands is home to the second-largest Indian community in mainland Europe, comprised of approximately 215,000 people. The highest number of highly skilled migrants to take advantage of the Expatcenter Amsterdam’s services are from India − in 2015 alone, 2,800 came from India to the Amsterdam Area – and there is much in the region to make the Indian community feel at home. For instance, there are many international schools and various secondary schools that offer a bilingual education, the Amstelland Hospital provides a dedicated India Desk for health advice, and there are various dedicated non-profit organisations, such as the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce & Trade and the Netherlands-India Association.
Once a year, the city of Amstelveen, at Amsterdam’s southern end, plays host to a true spectacle. The Diwali Festival, the ancient Hindu festival of lights, has been celebrated here for a number of years. This festival is traditionally a collaboration between the City of Amstelveen, amsterdam inbusiness and various private parties. Roughly 18,000 visitors join the celebrations each year. Community events include a family-friendly cricket match hosted by amsterdam inbusiness, screenings of Bollywood film releases and social gatherings for Indian companies. Also, the beautiful Amsterdamse Bos, a recreational park area, is home to many local cricket teams.
The Expatcenter is a good point of contact for both expats and companies wanting to hire employees from abroad. It provides a one-stop-shop service for international talent: highly skilled migrant employees, scientific researchers, entrepreneurs and international graduates. The Expatcenter helps with residence and work permits, registration with the municipality, the 30% tax ruling and many other official matters.