Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful, creative and cycle-friendly cities you’ll ever find. It’s got a great mix of a cosmopolitan vibe and a relatively small size, meaning there’s a village-like charm to it. You can cycle anywhere in the city and you’ll often run into friends and acquaintances, but there’s also the advantages of a vibrant international community and a cultural life befitting a European capital, offering a diverse and exciting selection of art, music, theatre, film, photography, dance and architecture.
Quality of life
Amsterdam regularly ranks high in Mercer’s annual Quality of Living report, which assesses living conditions across ten categories. The popularity of settling in Amsterdam also means there is a huge international talent pool to draw from. People from all over the world are attracted to the liveability and quality of life found throughout the region, resulting in a strong international workforce. In addition, Amsterdam is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The city is home to 180 different nationalities, and 90% of Amsterdam residents speak English, making it easy to do European and worldwide business. Services for the international community in Amsterdam, such as a dedicated Expatcenter, help newcomers feel at home after a short time.
Dutch children are amongst the happiest in the world, making Amsterdam a great place to raise a family. The city is generally very welcoming to families, and there are plenty of family-friendly cafés, lots of things to do and places to play, such as the many fantastic parks in and around Amsterdam. And that’s not the only reason it’s great for families: Amsterdam is also famous for its healthy work/life balance, ranking high up in the OECD work/life balance study. Lastly, the standard of schooling is high and education facilities are varied, ranging from the traditional Dutch schools and colleges to numerous high-quality international schools following various international curricula.