Everything about living in Amsterdam, with official information for expats on permits, registration, visas, the 30% tax ruling and news from the City of Amsterdam and Expatcenter.

Information about 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 city's strongest asset is its people: the people who live here, the people who work here, the people who study here, and the people who visit here.

Official Matters

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


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


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News for locals

  • Welcome to Amsterdam event

    An Amsterdam information market about living in Amsterdam, doing business in the Netherlands, learning Dutch, the healthcare system and more!

  • Amsterdam welcomes Moroccan LGBT activists during Gay Pride

    The Amsterdam city government has invited four Moroccan LGBT activists to be their guests of honour at this year’s Amsterdam Gay Pride. The special guests will be welcomed on Thursday, 31 July by Deputy Mayor Van der Burg at a private meeting at the mayor’s official residence.

  • Amsterdam: national day of mourning

    Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 will be a national day of mourning in the Netherlands as the country pauses to remember the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster.

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