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.

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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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What's On

News for locals

  • Demonstration of solidarity following the attack in Paris

    On Thursday, 8 January 2015, a public demonstration and march will take place in Amsterdam as a show of support for the victims, their families and survivors of the terrorist attack in Paris.

  • New ‘start-up visa’ has come into effect

    As of 1 January 2015, a new regulation has come into effect that makes it possible for ambitious entrepreneurs to apply for a temporary residence permit for the Netherlands. The so-called residence permit scheme for start-ups affords ambitious entrepreneurs from outside the EU one year to launch an innovative new business in the Netherlands.

  • Welcome to Amsterdam event

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

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