European finance centre

As the capital city of one of the founders of the European Union and home to a strong financial industry, Amsterdam offers the perfect location for financial institutions as it provides a thriving and dynamic environment that will enable them to flourish. Amsterdam is renowned as a top-level international financial services and business centre. It houses all major Dutch financial institutions as well as branches and subsidiaries of more than fifty prominent European and international banks. The Dutch central bank (DNB) and the national financial authority (AFM), renowned as transparent, fair and cooperative regulators, are also located in Amsterdam.

Engine for jobs and growth

Amsterdam’s finance sector is the largest sector in the Amsterdam Area, providing around 200,000 jobs. In addition to the headquarters of the major Dutch banks ABN AMRO and ING, the capital is home to offices of more than 50 international banks, including Norinchukin, ICBC, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and the European Investment Bank (EIB). Consequently, Amsterdam is ranked number 35 in the Global Financial Centers Index 24.

Energetic global business environment

Combined with a strong legal and services sector, this creates an energetic global business environment. Amsterdam’s financial district, Zuidas, has outstanding real-estate opportunities that are able to fulfil all the requirements that an international financial services corporation might have.

Connectivity and talent

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has excellent connections to all major cities around the world. Additionally, the European political and financial centres of Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris and London are also within easy reach via road, air and rail links. Home to one of the largest data transport hubs in the world, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), Amsterdam’s digital credentials are flawless. And Amsterdam’s talented, multilingual, highly skilled workforce is known for its flexible attitude and healthy work ethic.

The Amsterdam way of life

The city is a cultural hotspot and hosts a vibrant international community with an excellent quality of life for expats. It continues to rank highly in the world’s most attractive and friendly cities for expats to live and work in. The Netherlands, and its capital Amsterdam, are considered to be a thriving, independent, and openminded location at the heart of the major European economic hotspots and, as such, presents the perfect location for financial institutions.

Assistance with setting up in Amsterdam

amsterdam in business, the official foreign investment agency of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, offers assistance with setting up in Amsterdam, including advice on fiscal, legal and regulatory frameworks, and has a dedicated point of contact with the DNB and the AFM.