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.


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 ...

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'My First Month' booklet

Get settled in Amsterdam by checking out the Expatcenter's 'My First Month' booklet. 'My First Month' booklet

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News for locals

  • Five Amsterdam schools rated 'excellent'

    The Dutch Education Office has rated five schools in Amsterdam ‘excellent’. A school rated ‘excellent’ is rewarded for high quality of education and usually stands out due to special achievements in a particular area.

  • New subsidy schemes for electric cars and charging points

    The subsidy schemes for electric vehicles and charging stations have expired as of 1 January 2016, while the City of Amsterdam prepares and implements new subsidy schemes that will come into effect early 2016. Subsidy applications submitted after 31 December 2015 will not be processed.

  • Could life in Amsterdam be better?

    Are you an international resident working, studying or running your own company in Amsterdam? Have you run into any practical problems or encountered situations where you felt disadvantaged or unfairly treated as an expatriate? Then get in touch!

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