Rising to the top: Amsterdam in 2023 international rankings
As we step into a promising new year, it's an opportune moment to showcase the top rankings that the Amsterdam Area and the Netherlands have attained in the last year. From smart innovation to lifestyle and language, find out how Amsterdam excelled in international rankings in 2023.
Strengths in innovation and smart solutions
#2 in fDi’s 2023 European Cities of the Future ranking
The fDi’s European Cities and Regions of the Future report 2023 ranking evaluates investment potential in European cities and regions based on economic, business, connectivity, and lifestyle factors. Amsterdam is a top performer among major European cities, according to the report, maintaining its 2nd place ranking for foreign direct investment. The region has proven its resilience as a premier destination for forward-looking investments. It has emerged as a leading area for foreign investment thanks to excellent connectivity, quality of life, economic potential, and business friendliness.
#1 Most innovative small city in 2023
When it comes to innovation Amsterdam is at the top of the game. The city was named the world's most innovative small city according to 2ThinkNow’s latest Innovation Cities Index: Small 200. Measuring populations under 1 million, this ranking showcases the city's proactive stance in supporting innovative solutions for today’s challenges. The ranking employs 162 indicators mirroring the Innovation Cities Index, evaluating cities' innovation ecosystems, including startups, economic and social indicators, sustainability, walkability, bicycle friendliness, and transportation options.
15th worldwide in the IMD’s Smart City Index
What makes a city ‘smart’? As urban areas face a future of increasing populations and growing climate challenges, data-driven solutions are vital to ensuring public safety and maintaining quality of life for residents. The 2023 IMD Smart City Index focuses on providing a benchmark for metropolitan areas working towards developing more human-centric living conditions, aided by technology. Amsterdam, securing 15th place, leads global smart city solutions, exemplified through initiatives like smart grid solutions and cutting-edge investments in renewable energy and cleantech.
#1 for the best quality of life globally
This Index uses the world’s largest crowd-sourced quality-of-life database and combines information on housing indicators, perceived crime rates, healthcare and transport quality. The Netherlands was named #1 for overall quality of life globally, based on factors including cost of living, crime rates, healthcare, commute times, and environmental pollution. These factors contribute to overall happiness. As the country’s capital, Amsterdam is renowned for balancing bustling business sectors, including a thriving tech and finance scene, with high levels of connection and livability.
#5 in the IMD Talent Ranking 2023
The Netherlands has made a significant leap, climbing four spots to secure the 5th position in the 2023 IMD World Talent Ranking, showcasing the nation's aptitude in cultivating a highly skilled workforce. The ranking gauges competencies crucial for sustained value creation, focusing on investment and development, appeal, and readiness, highlighting the nation's strategic approach to talent development and economic progress.
#7 in the Global Innovation Index (GII)
Published every year by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Global Innovation Index assesses the innovation capabilities of 132 economies against a backdrop of global strife and uncertainty. The Netherlands ranks 7th worldwide, remaining a global innovation frontrunner. Most notably, for the country’s strong business ecosystem including a high level of logistics performance, startup financing, research collaboration, knowledge and creative output and innovation investment despite global challenges.
#1 in the English proficiency ranking
The annual English proficiency ranking is the most extensive of its kind. It compares 113 countries, drawing data from a vast pool of 2.2 million test-takers representing various towns, cities, and regions. The Dutch maintain their leading position, securing the top spot for the fifth consecutive time in the EF English Proficiency Index (EPI). The prevalence of non-native English speakers not only facilitates effective communication but also promotes a diverse work environment where employees can exchange ideas seamlessly across networks and borders while easily adapting to life in Amsterdam.
#5 for the IMD Global Competitiveness
The IMD Global Competitiveness ranking assesses and classifies countries based on their ability to strategically utilise competencies for long-term value creation. Ranked 5th globally for long-term economic well-being among 64 economies, the Netherlands shines for its business efficiency and infrastructure. Marked by robust performance, the region is becoming a prominent European business hub, driven by innovation districts focusing on urban solutions, life sciences, health, and the energy transition.