Amsterdam a top city for FDI

Amsterdam has been named as a top European city for foreign direct investment. The Dutch capital took fifth place in fDi magazine’s European Cities and Regions of the Future report for 2020-21. It analyses the strength of cities and regions around Europe in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), recognising ‘the best and the brightest among Europe's investment destinations’. As an extra boon to the Amsterdam Area’s investment-worthy credentials, North Holland was named Europe’s seventh-best region for FDI.

Why connectivity was key to Amsterdam’s success

Amsterdam’s strong performance in the new report was driven by its connectivity, which was ranked second. The Dutch capital is extremely well connected, and often referred to as ‘the gateway to Europe’. One reason for this is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is centrally located and flies to more than 300 destinations, while high-speed rail services make it easy to work while travelling around Europe. The city also ranked in the top five for its FDI strategy and economic potential.

North Holland top of mid-sized region table

North Holland was ranked top of the report’s mid-sized regions table, comprising areas with populations between 1.5 million and 4 million people. It was in the first position for connectivity, and second for business friendliness and economic potential. In total, the report used data to rank 319 cities, 148 regions and 38 LEPs under five categories: economic potential, human capital and lifestyle, cost-effectiveness, connectivity and business friendliness.

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