Amsterdam rankings

Check out a wide range of facts and figures about Amsterdam – from figures relating to sustainability and logistics to information about international companies – and read on for information about Amsterdam’s place in international rankings. Amsterdam ranks high in a number of lists, surveys and reports, for example regarding quality of life, innovation, transport, labour pool and competitiveness.

Below you can find a list of these rankings. 


Aerospace Cities of the Future

Amsterdam is in the top 15 globally and comes fourth within the EU in this report about the aerospace sector. 

>> See fDi: Aerospace Cities of the Future 2016/2017

Airport Industry Connectivity Report

The 2016 Airport Industry Connectivity Report by Airport Council International (ACI) found that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, with its 52,000 annual transfer flights, is the world's second-largest hub airport.

>> See the ACI Airport Industry Connectivity Report 2016

CAPA's Aviation Awards for Excellence

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was named the CAPA Airport of the Year 2017, in the category of airports with more than 30 million passengers a year. The CAPA (Centre for Aviation) annually awards airports that play an important strategic role in aviation.

>> See CAPA's Aviation Awards for Excellence 2017

DHL Global Connectedness Index 

This study, now in its fifth edition, provides a detailed analysis of the state of the world's globalisation, measuring the global connectedness of countries based on the following criteria: cross-border flows of trade, capital, information and people. The Netherlands topped the list.

>> See the DHL Global Connectedness Index 2016

Global Information Technology Report

The Netherlands comes sixth in the Networked Readiness Index of this report.

>> See WEF - The Global Information Technology Report 2016

Logistics Performance Index

The Logistics Performance Index is a comprehensive measure of the efficiency of international supply chains. The Netherlands ranks fourth.

>> See Logistics Performance Index 2016

Quality of life

Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Adults

The 2016 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Adults compared the healthcare systems of 11 countries. Dutch Minister of Health Edith Schippers was presented with the results at an event in Washington, where the researchers praised the Dutch healthcare system as “an example for a system that works.”

>> See the 2016 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Adults

Mercer Cost of Living

Amsterdam is 85th in Mercer’s renowned Cost of Living Rankings.

>> See Mercer: Cost of Living Rankings 2017

Mercer Quality of Living

This study assesses quality of living conditions in 10 categories to help multinational companies and other employers fairly compensate employees when placing them on international assignments. Amsterdam ranks 12th globally and eighth in Europe.

>> See Mercer: Quality of Living Rankings 2017

OECD Better Life Index

This study is a measure of well-being in countries across the world. The Netherlands is the top-scorer for work-life balance and scored above average for housing, education and skills, environmental quality and health status.

>> See the Netherlands’ performance on the OECD Better Life Index

Safe Cities Index

This study assesses the safety of 60 cities around the world, divided into four categories of city safety and security: digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety. Amsterdam ranks sixth globally and first in Europe.

>> See EIU: Safe Cities Index Report 2017

World Happiness Report 2017

The Netherlands are at sixth place in the World Happiness Report by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The report ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels, looking at social and personal factors such as social support, health, income, freedom to make life decisions and trust in one’s government and businesses.

>> See World Happiness Report 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index

This study measured the perceived levels of public-sector corruption in 176 countries around the globe. The Netherlands was ranked as the eighth least corrupt country, with perceived corruption levels lower than in Germany, France and the UK.

>> See Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2016



EF English Proficiency Index

The Netherlands won first place out of 80 countries on the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), which is the world's largest ranking of countries by their English skills. This marks the seventh edition of the EF EPI and is the second year in a row the Netherlands has won the top global score.

>> See the EF EPI ranking 2017

EF English Proficiency for Companies

This study evaluates English skills among the global workforce by measuring English proficiency levels in 40 countries and 16 industries worldwide. The Netherlands comes first globally.

>> See English Proficiency for Companies Report 2016

IMD World Talent Report

This global study identifies the economies best equipped to develop, attract and retain business talent, with Amsterdam at fifth place.

>> See IMD World Talent Report

INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index

The Netherlands is ranked 11th out of 118 countries when it comes to competitiveness in skilled and talented workforce. The Netherlands is the world’s top country in the grow pillar, which is the result of a strong combination of high rankings in: access to growth opportunities (1st) formal education (3rd) and lifelong learning (7th).

>> See INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2017

Business location/investment

Cities in Motion Index

This study seeks to allow people and governments to understand and evaluate a city’s performance through 10 fundamental ‘dimensions’, combined with strategic objectives. Amsterdam ranks tenth globally and fourth in Europe.

>> See IESE: Cities in Motion Index 2017

Global Power City Index

The GPCI report by the Institute for Urban Strategies of the Mori Memorial Foundation evaluates the attractiveness of 40 of the world’s leading cities to business and talent according to six main factors (economy, research and development, cultural interaction, livability, environment and accessibility). Amsterdam comes seventh globally and third within the EU (after London and Paris). 

>>See Global Power City Index 2017

Competitive Alternatives

This study provides insight into business location costs in more than 100 cities in 10 countries around the world, with special focus on North America and leading mature market economies in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Amsterdam ranks eighth globally and third in Europe.

>> See KPMG's Competitive Alternatives 2016

Competitiveness Scoreboard

The IMD World Competitiveness Scoreboard ranks 63 economies; the Netherlands comes fifth.

>> See IMD – Competitiveness Scoreboard 2017

European Cities of the Future

This study assesses the European investment landscape and measures the FDI competitiveness and attractiveness for the many cities and regions that are proactively pitching themselves for inward investment. Amsterdam ranks seventh in Europe.

>> See fDi: European Cities of the Future Report 2016/2017

EY European Attractiveness Survey

This study examines Europe’s attractiveness as an investment destination and is designed to help businesses make investment decisions and governments remove barriers to growth. Amsterdam ranks fourth in Europe.

>> See EY: European Attractiveness Survey 2016

Global Cities of the Future

Amsterdam ranks seventh in fDi’s Global Cities of the Future 2016/17, which measures the FDI competitiveness and attractiveness of cities and regions across the globe.

>> See fDi’s Global Cities of the Future 2016/17 Report

IBM Global Location Trends

This study analyses the latest trends in corporate location selection around the world, as well as the degree in which countries and regions around the world are successful in attracting new business. Amsterdam comes second, after London.

>> See IBM: Global Location Trends Report 2017

ICCA Country & City Rankings

According to 2016's ICCA rankings, Amsterdam is one of the globe's leading locations for meetings, coming in at seventh place. Learn more in our news article.

>> See ICCA Country & City rankings 2016 

The WEF Global Competitiveness Report

The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report ranks countries based on the Global Competitiveness Index. The Netherlands ranked fourth out of the 137 countries included in the study.

>> See WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018

Digital, innovation & startups

European Digital City Index

This study describes and benchmarks how well different cities across Europe support digital entrepreneurs and provides information about the strengths and weaknesses of local ecosystems. Amsterdam comes third for startups and fifth for scale-ups.

>> See European Digital City Index 2016

European Innovation Scoreboard

The European Innovation Scoreboard 2017 gives an assessment of the innovation performance of the EU and of individual member states, as well as that of key international competitors. Its 25 indicators give a detailed analysis of their strengths and weaknesses on the basis of important innovation drivers − from research systems and public and private investment to the economic effects of innovation. The Netherlands ranks fifth in this report.

>> See EIS: European Innovation Scoreboard 2017

Global Intellectual Property Index

The Netherlands takes top position in this index, which provides a comprehensive assessment of how the intellectual property regimes of 43 jurisdictions compare with each other.

>> See Taylor Wessing, Global Intellectual Property Index 2016

Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking

This study ranks the top 20 startup ecosystems around the world along five major components: performance, funding, talent, market reach and startup experience. Amsterdam ranks 19th globally and fifth in Europe.

>> See Startup Genome: The Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2017

Innovation Cities

Amsterdam came in at fourth place out of 168 European cities in the Innovation Cities Index, a survey compiled by the Australian consultancy 2thinknow. Their comprehensive index looks at a very wide range of factors, including architecture, urban planning, culture, education, science, nature, logistics, mobility, public safety and entrepreneurial climate.

>> See 2thinknow: Innovation Cities Index Report 2016-2017

PwC Cities of Opportunity

This study measures the performance of a range of global cities against a set of 10 indicators developed by PwC, which jointly provide a holistic view on how successful cities thrive in sustainable urban development and can remain competitive on the world stage. Amsterdam ranks fifth globally and third in Europe.

>> See PwC: Cities of Opportunity Report 2016

Startup Heatmap Europe

Based on an online survey, ESI’s Startup Heatmap has collected data from 700 startup founders for insights into the desirability of European cities as startup locations.

>> See ESI - Startup Heatmap Europe 2016

Sustainable Cities Index

This study examines 50 cities around the world, ranking them across a range of indicators to estimate the sustainability of each city. Amsterdam ranks fourth, both globally and in Europe.

>> See ARCADIS: Sustainable Cities Index Report 2016

Tech Cities Global Rankings

In the most recent edition of the Tech Cities Global Rankings, an annual survey compiled by global real estate services provider Savills, Amsterdam came in at fifth place out of 22 global cities.

>> See Savills Tech Cities Global Rankings 2017

Variables for Sustained Growth Index

KPMG's VSG Index compares the productivity potential of 181 countries across an array of factors, including macro-economic stability, openness to catch up with best practice, infrastructure quality, human capital and strength of public institutions. The Netherlands ranks second globally.

>> See KPMG's Variables for Sustained Growth Index 2016

World Smart City Awards

Amsterdam won the World Smart City Award for the circular economy. The World Smart City Awards reward innovative projects, ideas and initiatives that stimulate sustainable urban development. In particular, this prize went to Amsterdam's Circular Innovation Program, a platform that accelerates the transition to a circular economy.

>> See World Smart City Awards 2017

If you have any questions about the facts and figures mentioned please contact Moska Hamraz. Email: [email protected]