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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.

Essentials for living in Amsterdam

Official matters

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

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...

Amsterdam helpline: 14 020

English-speaking Amsterdammers have a handy number to call with their questions related to civic issues, as the 14 020 service, the City of Amsterdam'...

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.

Work in Amsterdam

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

Study in Amsterdam

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

Enjoy Amsterdam

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

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 ...

Get help from the Expatcenter Amsterdam


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

Brexit Information Point

Following the United Kingdom's referendum on membership of the European Union, held in June 2016, the so-called Brexit decision has raised fresh quest...

The Expatcenter services

With simplified processes and applications, the Expatcenter aims to better meet the needs of international companies and their expatriate employees in...

Amsterdam announcements

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Things to do in Amsterdam this week and month

News for locals

  • Parking on the 9 Streets

    The City of Amsterdam is tackling traffic problems in the 9 Streets caused by parking violations and delivery vans.

  • The Expatcenter Amsterdam and ACCESS join forces

    In June 2016, the Expatcenter Amsterdam launched an official partnership with ACCESS, a long-running volunteer organisation that serves the international community in the Netherlands.

  • Mayor's Brexit meeting for British residents

    Last month, Amsterdam’s British community was invited by Mayor Eberhard van der Laan to discuss concerns regarding the result of the British referendum on EU secession and potential consequences of a ‘Brexit’.

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