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Living in Amsterdam

I amsterdam's Local portal is your English-language hub for learning about life in the city, whether you're moving to Amsterdam, newly arrived or an established citizen. Here you can look up official information for expats about permits, registration, visas, the 30% tax ruling and news from the City of Amsterdam and Expatcenter. It's also a great place to learn more about working in Amsterdam, explore study opportunities, find out about housing and healthcare, or to explore the cultural offerings in the city. All in all, it's a place to help you make the most of living in Amsterdam.

Living in Amsterdam

About Amsterdam

Amsterdam's appeal lies in its rich cultural heritage, diverse and creative culture, commercial dynamism and high quality of life. Ultimately, the cit...

Official matters

Discover all of the essential practical information you’ll need in Amsterdam: registering, permits, visas and more.

Relocating to Amsterdam

Get set for a new start in Amsterdam: read on for relocation tips and find out about employment, housing, international schools and more.


Learn more about the necessities of living in Amsterdam: housing, education, finance, health and more.


Find out about work and employment opportunities in Amsterdam: job searches, recruitment, starting a business and more.


Improve your prospects by studying in Amsterdam: universities, work placements, international schools and more.


Make the most of living in Amsterdam: international groups & clubs, workshops, family fun, eating & drinking and much more. If you're a culture lover,...


The Expatcenter provides a one-stop-shop service for international talent: companies and their highly skilled migrant employees, scientific researcher...

30% tax ruling

The 30% reimbursement ruling (better known as the 30% ruling) is a tax advantage for highly skilled migrants moving to the Netherlands for a specific ...

Amsterdam announcements

Brexit Information Point // For any questions about the potential Brexit
Daily news from I amsterdam Today // Video updates provided by AT5
EuroPride // 23 July - 7 August
International schools in the region // Check the latest enrolment availability
Read the latest A-mag // July & August

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Things to do in Amsterdam this week and month

News for locals

  • Measures for EuroPride

    At this summer’s EuroPride, the City of Amsterdam is taking extra measures to ensure things are running smoothly and there are no disturbances. These include closing canal-side roads for parked cars and limiting boating on the Prinsengracht.

  • The City of Amsterdam and WhatsApp

    Residents can now contact the City of Amsterdam by sending a WhatsApp message.

  • Coming up: the first Amsterdam bike festival

    On 28 and 29 May 2016, Amsterdam’s first-ever bike festival will take place in and around the Velodrome.

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