Top scores across the board

From competitiveness and entrepreneurship to sustainability and quality of life, Amsterdam again achieved impressive results in 2016 on dozens of international scorecards. A round-up of some of the most significant rankings follows below.

Investment location

In its European Attractiveness Survey 2016, EY (Ernst & Young) investigated how attractive various European cities are in terms of investment, and Amsterdam came in at fourth place. This high ranking was echoed in IBM’s Global Location Trends Report 2016, which found that the metropolis of Amsterdam-Rotterdam was the world’s third-most attractive location for businesses.

Performance leader

In 2016, Amsterdam came in at sixth place in the global Cities in Motion Index. This ranking, compiled by the IESE Business School, looks at the strategic performance of cities on the basis of ten factors.

Sustainable city

In PwC’s annual Cities of Opportunity ranking for 2016, Amsterdam came in at fifth place globally. This index measures the performance of cities on the basis of ten indicators, which together provide a holistic view of how successful cities are in terms of sustainable urban development. Similarly, the Sustainable Cities Index 2016, published by the design & consultancy firm Arcadis, found that Amsterdam came in at 11th place overall in terms of sustainability among the 50 global cities that were assessed.

Competitive Amsterdam

On the fDi Intelligence Global Cities of the Future index for 2016 - 2017, Amsterdam came in at seventh place for attractiveness and competitiveness. Likewise, on the Global Power City Index 2016, in which the Mori Memorial Foundation compares 40 global cities in terms of their attractiveness to businesses and talent, Amsterdam took eighth place in 2016. Another key ranking is KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives 2016, an international study that compares more than 100 cities in terms of setting up a business. It found that Amsterdam came in at eight place globally, and third place in Europe.

Digital city

Amsterdam is also doing well in terms of supporting its digital entrepreneurs. The city’s startup ecosystem came in at third place on Nesta’s European Digital City Index 2016.

Amsterdam also ranked as the third-most attractive city in Europe for startups on the Startup Heatmap Europe 2016, which is a survey published by the European Startup Initiative, based on the answers from 700 startup founders. The European Commission also recognises the role of the Netherlands in terms of digital innovation: on its annual European Innovation Scoreboard 2016, the Commission awarded the Netherlands fifth place among the EU member states in terms of its national innovation ecosystem.

City of talent

On the English Proficiency Index 2016, published by the EF foundation, the Netherlands came in at first place out of 72 countries in terms of the English proficiency of its workforce. Another talent indicator is the IMD World Talent Report, which analyses the competitiveness of 61 countries in terms of developing, attracting, and retaining talent; the Netherlands came in at fifth place. Amsterdam also took two awards in the FDI Strategy Awards 2016 from fDi Magazine (part of the Financial Times Group), one for best expat support and another for best marketing slogan (namely “Open Mind, Sharp Business”). Lastly, according to Mercer’s Quality of Living Index 2016, the quality of life in Amsterdam came in at 11th place worldwide.