Attractively priced real estate
In the 12 months leading up to the end of September 2012, prices of residential property in Amsterdam decreased by an average of 7.4%, according to data from Statistics Netherlands. However, the city hasn’t lost its appeal to tourists, expats and multinationals, and the FT article notes that this means real estate in the city has become more attractive for foreign bargain hunters.
Magnet for talent
More than 2,000 international companies have invested in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and chosen to become part of our long history as a successful business hub and leading centre of trade. It is also recognised that people like to live and work in Amsterdam. The city is home to a productive regional workforce from 180 different countries, with a large share of residents having participated in higher education (44%). Amsterdam has the country’s highest density of knowledge workers and an increasing influx of workers from other EU countries – all facilitated by the Expatcenter.
Eighty percent of the workforce speaks English, making Amsterdam the largest anglophone city in continental Europe, while 90% of the workforce speaks two or more languages. According to the World Talent Index, the Netherlands ranks fourth in the world for attracting and developing talent, surpassing every other country on the European continent.