When it comes to international rankings, the Amsterdam Area and the Netherlands excelled again in 2019. Whether it was the region's still-thriving tech scene and quality of life, or recognition of the city’s efforts to become a world-leading life sciences and health hub, there was lots to celebrate this year.

Some of the happiest people in the world

The Netherlands took its best position ever in the World Happiness Report from the United Nations. The Dutch were named the fifth happiest people in the world, after Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland took the first four slots. South Sudan was named the world’s least happy country.

The world’s most connected country

the Netherlands tops the list of the world’s most connected countries in DHL’s renowned Global Connectedness Index (DCI), which measures international flows of trade, capital, information and people across 169 countries and territories. Europe also came first in the ranking of regions.

Amsterdam one of Europe’s greenest capitals

Amsterdam was named as one of Europe’s greenest capitals by price comparison website Compare the Market. It named Amsterdam Europe’s sixth greenest capital city based on 10 factors, including air pollution levels, quality of life and CO2 emissions. Amsterdam’s extensive network of cycle paths, which covers 767 kilometres, was one of the factors which helped it secure a top position in the report. Other contributors included the fact that more than 80% of the city’s residents walk, cycle or use public transport to commute to work, and the relatively low levels of congestion in the city.

The Netherlands world's most English-proficient nation for second year

The Netherlands retained first place in the EF English Proficiency Index 2019, which tested 2.3 million participants in 100 countries and regions around the world.

Amsterdam named one of world’s smartest cities

The Dutch capital was ranked as the third-smartest city globally in the IESE Cities in Motion Index 2019. The city’s combination of financial technology, energy efficiency and culture helped it secure the top position, behind London and New York.

Amsterdam one of world's best cities for quality of life

Amsterdam was also named as one of the world’s best cities for quality of life in the 2018 Quality of Living ranking from multinational HR consultants Mercer.

A global gateway to Europe

Amsterdam came in fourth place globally and second in Europe in the Savills Tech Cities Index 2019, confirming its status as an important European centre for tech companies and startups.

A global leader for talent competitiveness

The Netherlands was named as one of the world’s best countries for talent competitiveness, claiming eighth place in graduate business school INSEAD’s Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2019. It recognised the Netherlands' commitment to fostering entrepreneurial talent, staying competitive and preparing for a successful future in a rapidly changing world.

A top city for commuting

In the study from vehicle financing company Moneybarn, Amsterdam was ranked as the best city for commuting, scoring highly for its low pollution levels, high number of EV charging stations and cycle paths per capita. 

The Netherlands fourth in the WEF Global Competitiveness Report

Ranked fourth globally and up two places from 2018, the Netherlands overtook Germany and Switzerland as the most competitive country in Europe. The annual report, which ranks 141 economies by 103 indicators organised into 12 pillars, stated that the Netherlands’ performance was “consistently strong across all pillars, and it appears in the top 10 of six of them.”

A European leader in smart mobility

Amsterdam was also named as one of the world’s best cities for smart mobility. The Dutch capital took fifth place in a study from Frost & Sullivan. The city was the second-highest European city on the list, following London, which came second after Singapore.

One of Europe’s most innovative countries

The Netherlands was named as one of Europe’s most innovative countries in the European Commission’s 2019 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS), which ranks countries according to the strength of their research and innovation.

The safest city in Europe

Amsterdam was ranked as the world’s fourth safest city – and Europe’s safest – in the Economist’s Safe Cities Index 2019. The report ranks 60 cities across 57 indicators covering four main themes: digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.

Amsterdam retained top spot in green finance ranking

Amsterdam continues to be top of the league for green finance, according to the Global Green Finance Index, a respected twice-yearly survey that provides evaluations of the depth and quality of the green finance offerings of 64 major financial centres around the world.

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