Amsterdam is connected

Whether you are an international graduate taking your first steps in a career, international talent actively choosing Amsterdam as a new home, a new startup doing things differently, or an established business that’s looking to grow, connectivity counts. We are frequently regarded as the gateway to Europe for this very reason. Be it by land, water and air, or digitally and socially, connectivity drives success in Amsterdam.

Gateway to Europe

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers full access to the European market. The award-winning Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is centrally located and flies to more than 300 destinations. High-speed rail services make it easy to work while travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels, Paris, London and Berlin, and the Port of Amsterdam is ranked in the top five of Europe.

Digital city

Amsterdam’s connectivity is not limited to logistics. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is a thriving tech hub, too, and home to the largest data transport hub in the world, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). The region also has the highest rankings of broadband penetration in Europe.

Social and business connections

Amsterdam’s business ecosystem is a hotbed of opportunities, for startups, scale-ups and global corporations alike. Multinational companies such as Google, Tesla, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Netflix, Yakult,, Tommy Hilfiger, Samsung, Adidas, Canon, Mitsubishi, Embraer and Tata Consultancy Services have all chosen to become part of our long history as a successful business hub and leading centre of trade. As for startups…

Startup hotspot

Amsterdam is the place to be for startups and has always been a natural testbed for innovations. It’s recently ranked second on the European Digital City Index. Throughout the city, fresh and disruptive ideas are encouraged, nurtured and then scaled into real international businesses. With its rich history, pioneering spirit of commerce, healthy work/life balance and cultural diversity, it’s no wonder that the city is a hotspot for entrepreneurs from across the globe. Nurturing this growth, the city is home to an impressive ecosystem of accelerators, incubators and high-ranking knowledge institutions.

Talent in Amsterdam

Be it a multinational corporate or a fledgling startup, businesses rely on online and offline networks and the availability of talent. That’s why we connect people and businesses to our ecosystem. 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.

Excellent business value

Being a part of the network adds considerable financial value for both talent and businesses. When compared to other major international cities, we are especially competitive in regards to costs for office space, housing, labour, utilities, transportation, effective corporate tax rates and personal tax allowances.

Quality of life

Services for the international community in Amsterdam – such as international schools and IN Amsterdam – are excellent, helping newcomers feel at home after a short time. And Amsterdam’s village-like charm is combined with the cosmopolitan vibe and vibrant cultural life of a European capital. At work and at play, it’s always easy to make the right connections here.