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Tech industry in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a thriving tech hub. Home to innovative companies and a bustling startup scene, it is the ideal breeding ground for cross-border collaborations with top class digital, creative and marketing companies.

  • Europe's fastest broadband speeds
  • A talent pool of 250,000 experienced ICT professionals
  • 30% tax advantage for highly skilled migrants
  • Gateway to Europe and beyond: well-connected by land, water and air
  • Home to the world's largest data transport hub, AMS-IX
  • Ranked 4th globally in app invention and development

A hub for global and local tech

Global players such as Google, Netflix, Uber, Salesforce, Shutterstock, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft, RedHat, Joyent, LinkedIn, Apple and Infosys have already set up shop to make the most of the city's perfect tech ecosystem. There are roughly 578 international tech companies in the Netherlands, collectively employing around 35,000 people. Around 170 of these companies choose Amsterdam for their headquarters, too. And there is plenty of local tech talent: homegrown successes include, TomTom, Travelbird, The Next Web,, Elastic, WeTransfer and the FinTech unicorn Adyen.


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LM Wind Power

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Mean Well

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Managing Director of Microsoft Nederland, Ernst-Jan Stigter, explains why Amsterdam was the perfect city to pilot their Outlook office.


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Future-proof technology

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“The Dutch consumer market is a pilot market for the rest of Europe,” says Shigeru Watanabe, managing director of Casio Benelux.

Catawiki: interview and video

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“We chose the Netherlands because of its central geographical location, its superb infrastructure and its business-friendly tax structure.”


“Amsterdam is a good base to have an international company,” says Bas van Abel, founder of Fairphone.


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New Motion

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Nucleus Software

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The Next Web

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Ve Interactive

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Zensar Technologies

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