Amsterdam takes 3rd in Europe's 100 Best Cities Ranking
Resonance Consultancy published its annual list ranking Europe’s most attractive metropolitan areas to live, work, and invest. Amsterdam came in 3rd, ranking highly for infrastructure connectivity, shopping, museums, and experiences. The report also points to the city’s rising business clout, innovative policy, and enterprising spirit that make it one of the continent's top cities.
Shaping a new reality
The way we live and work in cities has shifted dramatically over the past 3 years. Hybrid working, geopolitical pressures, and a looming climate crisis have challenged municipalities to shape a new reality – one that respects people and the planet.
Resonance Consultancy, the firm behind WorldsBestCities.com, recently ranked Europe’s 100 Best Cities for 2023. The report uses a combination of statistical data and qualitative surveys submitted by locals and visitors to measure city performance across 6 core categories.
These categories are composed of multiple facets of city life including walkability, attractions, diversity, experiences, employment levels, and even social media mentions and online reviews. These indicators point towards the locations playing a key role in the continent’s economic recovery and defining the next generation of innovative, liveable, and sustainable urban areas.
An innovative capitol with close connections
Amsterdam claimed a spot in the top 3, coming in behind winner London and runner-up Paris. The Dutch capital scores particularly high for key institutions, attractions, and infrastructure (#5 in Air Connectivity, #6 in Shopping, and #7 in Museums). Amsterdam also leads the way in implementing innovative policy that helps maintain the legendary Dutch quality of life.
The region has been a favourable destination for companies post-Brexit, overtaking London in 2021 to become Europe’s biggest trading venue. Businesses benefit from an excellent level of connectivity that extends throughout the city and beyond. Aside from top-ranked air routes (#5), plans released this April show Eurostar wants to make Amsterdam a full-fledged European train hub – increasing the possibilities for sustainable travel in the next few years.
Amsterdam is looking to shape the future
Historically known for its forward-thinking and open business climate, it's no surprise that Amsterdam has become a testing ground for innovative new ideas for the transitioning economy. From sustainable construction projects to finding new ways to make use of limited land for energy and food production, the region is spearheading solutions to manage urban challenges. The fact that Amsterdam ranks second among world's top green finance centres reflects the municipality's ambitions to lead the way towards a more responsible and sustainable future.