Amsterdam: building for the future

Amsterdam ranks 16th on the Cities in Motion Index, which compares a total of 135 cities across 55 countries based on their results along 10 different dimensions. These measurements include technology, governance, urban planning, mobility and transportation, human capital (ability to attract talent) and economy. According to the results summary, Amsterdam scores particularly well on technology and urban planning, with the city’s high score on the urban planning dimension indicating that the city is committed to smart growth that further improves the liveability of the city.

Technological hub

The high score for technology can easily be explained as well. Due to its outstanding digital connections, Amsterdam is rapidly becoming the software and ICT capital of Europe. Here, you can find the largest data transport hub in the world, AMS-IX. Fibre optics transport data in real time to an increasing number of large and small networks, portals and web farms. It is therefore no surprise that the Netherlands is one of the most 'wired' countries in the world and that 33% of European data centres are located in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Many international companies, such as Google, Facebook, Trion Worlds, Netflix, Akamai, Jive Software, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Cisco, Blackboard, Criteo and AppNexus already profit from the excellent digital infrastructure.