Amsterdam attractive for expats

Only Dubai surpasses Amsterdam in the ranking of their favourite cities. The ranking is based on the results of a survey that was carried out among 800 INSEAD alumni worldwide and was published in the French magazine Challenges. Major cities around the globe were ranked according to four criteria: economic dynamism (e.g. quality of labour and access to funding), quality of life (for example sports and cultural facilities, air quality), cost of living (real estate, dining and entertainment, amongst others) and the overall attractiveness of the city.

Best quality of life and overall attractiveness

Amsterdam comes first place in both overall attractiveness and quality of life, reflecting the outstanding quality of life expats find here. From a cost perspective, Amsterdam is very attractive as well: it comes second on the ranking. For economic dynamism, Amsterdam ranks 8th.  

A cosmopolitan city  

In the article, the German entrepreneur Ronny Roeller explains why he finds Amsterdam to be the best place in the world to live in. He praises the fact that it is the most Anglophone city on the European continent: since practically everyone speaks English here, it is one of the few cities where you can work and live fully in English. And “turning to business, there is very little bureaucracy, which makes it easy to start your own,” he adds. Roeller also says he enjoys everything Amsterdam has to offer outside office hours: “There are numerous bars and restaurants where, on nice nights, everyone ends up outside having a drink or eating dinner. It’s a very cosmopolitan city with many binational couples.”

Rich cultural life

In addition to the wealth in bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, Amsterdam offers a rich and diverse cultural scene. Its renowned museums include the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the EYE Filmmuseum, and with the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam has a world-class concert building and orchestra. Its many sporting facilities makes Amsterdam a sports paradise. It is no surprise, then, that most internationals find living in the city and its surrounding region an unforgettable and inspiring experience.