Amsterdam scores high in many categories

Amsterdam is one of the winners in fDi Magazine’s latest survey, entitled European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016-2017. 

In the overall list of the top 25 best cities for investment, Amsterdam came in at number seven, two places higher than it scored in the previous list. The city was also among the top ten in the category Large European Cities of the Future 2016-17, coming in at fourth place. It also scored high in the categories of economic potential, connectivity, and business friendliness.

The ranking is based on a range of factors such as economic potential, infrastructure, human capital, lifestyle, and business friendliness. It is meant to be a benchmark for assessing the investment landscape, and serves as a “barometer of attractiveness” for cities and regions throughout Europe.
This year’s edition used data collected from 481 locations, including 223 cities, that were evaluated according to 96 independent criteria. The survey, published every two years, was compiled by fDi Intelligence, a data division of the Financial Times group that specializes in foreign direct investment. 

Amsterdam region also scores high

In the survey’s list of European regions, the province of Noord-Holland rose ten places to reach spot number 15 overall. Noord-Holland also scored high in the categories of infrastructure and economic potential.

Amsterdam’s international allure

Speaking to Dutch newspaper AD, Ivonne Koppers, the director of the Amsterdam-Noord business organization VEBAN (Dutch link), said that Amsterdam’s high score can largely be attributed to the city’s international focus. “You can feel that everyone just wants to be in Amsterdam,” she said. “When you go abroad, you immediately notice that the Netherlands is directly associated with Amsterdam.''