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Live, Work and Study
2J16FXB Amsterdam Stock Exchange building with bronze sculpture of bull by Arturo di Modica, the Netherlands, March 2022
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About fintech and finance in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a rich history of financial innovation. The world’s first central bank, stock exchange and limited company were all established here. Today, Amsterdam is the centre of the Dutch banking sector and a force in fintech, making it one of Europe's leading financial centres.

Why Amsterdam is a financial hub 

In addition to the headquarters of the major Dutch banks ABN AMRO and ING, Amsterdam is home to offices of more than 50 international banks, including Norinchukin, the MUFG and the European Investment Bank (EIB), as well as several major accountancy firms, insurance providers and pension funds. International finance companies, such as Azimo, Currencycloud and Paypal, increasingly choose Amsterdam as a stable base to serve European markets post-Brexit. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, established in 1602, is still going strong in the heart of the city.
Read more about the major financial players in the Amsterdam Area.

Bird's-eye view of a large stock exchange floor with multiple desks and computers.
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Innovations in fintech fuel the city's success

What makes Amsterdam special is its formidable fintech sector. The city’s vibrant tech scene, entrepreneurial spirit and eager adoption of new technologies make it the ideal base for growing a fintech business. International firms are in good company; homegrown startups-turned-unicorns, including Adyen, Mollie and bunq, are making waves worldwide, while time-tested institutions are exploring AI and blockchain technology. In typically forward-looking fashion, global green finance rankings have found that, year after year, Amsterdam is among the world leading markets for creating solutions that embrace sustainable practices.

The finance and fintech ecosystem is bolstered by an internationally focused, highly-educated and English-speaking workforce. Amsterdam draws top minds in finance at internationally renowned industry events such as Money 20/20, and its central location ensures quick connections to the European market.

2BWM962 Moscow, Russia - 1 June 2020: Adyen app mobile logo close-up on screen display, Illustrative Editorial.
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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.