Discover Amsterdam
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Live, Work and Study
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Discover Amsterdam
Meetings and Conventions
Live, Work and Study
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About the creative industry in Amsterdam

More than 200,000 people from over 20 nationalities work in the creative industries in the Amsterdam Area. They create the clothes we wear, the games we play and the global ad campaigns we can’t forget, and have helped the region develop an international reputation for creative excellence – with a commitment to sustainability and inclusion.

The creative sector thrives in Amsterdam 

Whether it’s designing clothes with sustainable credentials, launching a head-turning campaign for a global brand or programming the next big hit in gaming, Amsterdam’s creative scene is thriving. As well as an abundance of homegrown creative talent, the city has welcomed 130 international headquarters of foreign companies that employ 31,000 people.

Sustainable fashion is at the heart of the city 

Amsterdam is home to more than 100 fashion houses, many of which reuse, recycle and upcycle existing materials, or even conjure up digital-only apparelFashion for Good, the world’s first museum dedicated to sustainable clothing, spreads its climate-conscious message to local and international visitors, hosts a startup accelerator and partners with established brands to decarbonise their supply chains. What has really put Amsterdam on the fashion map is its denim industry, including sustainable leaders like G-Star Raw, and worth approximately €500 billion a year.

Fashion for Good - clothing display and The Good Shop
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World-class agencies that have an impact 

The world’s leading advertising companies, including Widen+Kennedy and MediaMonks, are launching memorable campaigns from Amsterdam. The city is also a music hub, home of music branding agency MassiveMusic and playing host to the world-renowned Amsterdam Dance Event.

It's clear that industries fuelled by imagination and passion will find everything they need to succeed here, whether it’s reliable broadband, fast connections to European cities, or an unrivalled cultural agenda to inspire big ideas. Amsterdam’s collaborative spirit makes it easy to partner up with companies and attract talent to bring these ideas to life. 

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Set up in Amsterdam

Are you searching for a location for your European office or do you want to know more about your potential market in the Amsterdam Area? As the region’s official foreign investment agency, amsterdam inbusiness can help international businesses enjoy a soft landing in the Amsterdam Area, including arranging fact-finding visits and providing market intelligence.
Get in touch with a member of the team.