Amsterdam is one of Europe’s smartest cities

Amsterdam took ninth place in the Smart City Index 2020, moving up two places from 2019. In this year’s edition, many European cities – including Barcelona, Copenhagen and Dublin – moved down the list, and only six claimed positions in the top ten. Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich came in first, second and third.

The index examines the opinions of residents in 109 cities on different matters, including facial recognition technology, traffic congestion and online access to resources for starting a new business.

A rich cultural life and reliable internet access

The Dutch capital scored highly in several areas, including access to cultural activities (such as bars and museums) as well as internet speed and reliability. However, the city also did poorly in some categories, such as affordable housing. Nevertheless, Amsterdam still earned an ‘A’ score.

Many categories in the ranking were related to sustainability, which is also the focus of many Amsterdam-based startups and companies. For example, Philips, one of many multinationals headquartered in the capital, recently announced a new sustainability strategy, as did American fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger.

Amsterdam Lijnbaansgracht canal C. Vonk

Amsterdam regularly tops international rankings

Over the last several years, Amsterdam and the Netherlands have performed strongly in multiple rankings. Earlier in 2020, the country took first place in the Global Expansion Tech Index, which named it the world’s best market for tech companies.

In 2019, Amsterdam tied with Zurich and Tel Aviv for third place in the ‘ease of doing business’ category in the first PwC European Start-up Survey. That same year, it was named the top city in Europe for having the qualifications required to lure startups leaving London because of Brexit. 

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