Amsterdam, a well-balanced world city

When compared to the cities in the PwC report, Amsterdam is only surpassed by London, New York and Singapore. “Amsterdam has the basic foundations in place for being a successful and well-balanced world city,” according to an additional report that was drawn up on request of the Amsterdam Economic Board. The ranking is based on the scores on a set of 59 variables, which are used to provide a picture of how cities perform across three overarching themes: economics, quality of life and ‘tools for a changing world’. Amsterdam’s strength lies in the fact that it scores well on all themes, reflecting the good balance between attractiveness for business and outstanding quality of life.

A great place to live

Amsterdam scores particularly well in the categories ‘Health, safety and security’ and ‘Sustainability and the natural environment’, coming in on pole position in both, which reflects the excellent quality of life the city offers. Amsterdam has international allure and state-of-the-art cultural facilities, while maintaining a village-like charm. Its compact scale enables its residents to cycle to work, starting their days fit and inspired. There are many excellent international schools to choose from, a wealth of cultural events and some of the world’s best restaurants. Beach, forests and other opportunities for outdoor activities are no more than a 30 minutes’ drive away. As a result of these factors, expats in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area stay there longer than expats stay anywhere else in the world. 

Technology hub

Amsterdam also scores high on technology readiness with a top-three position. It has one of the most impressive digital infrastructures in Europe and is home to the largest data transport hub in the world (AMS-IX). As a result, about one third of European data centres (including Interxion and Equinix) are located in the Amsterdam Area.

Gateway to Europe

The city’s function as the international gateway to Europe is underlined by its top-three position as a gateway city. Amsterdam’s central location allows excellent connections with the 350 million potential customers in the European marketplace. The multi-award-winning Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is centrally located, which means a mere two hours’ flight time to all crucial business destinations within Europe; high-speed rail services connect Amsterdam with Paris and Brussels; the Port of Amsterdam ranks fourth in Europe. According to independent rankings by the European Commission and the World Bank, The Netherlands outperforms all EU countries in the quality of its port and air transport infrastructure, reaffirming its reputation as a gateway to Europe for non-European countries.