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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Information Technology Report
The Netherlands comes sixth in the Networked Readiness Index of this report.
Logistics Performance Index
The Logistics Performance Index is a comprehensive measure of the efficiency of international supply chains. The Netherlands ranks fourth.
Quality of life
Mercer Cost of Living
Amsterdam is 85th in Mercer’s renowned Cost of Living Rankings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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).
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.
IMD World Talent Report
This global study identifies the economies best equipped to develop, attract and retain business talent, with Amsterdam at fifth place.
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.
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.
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).
The IMD World Competitiveness Scoreboard ranks 63 economies; the Netherlands comes fifth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital, innovation & startups
Technological Readiness Ranking
The Netherlands placed fourth in the Economist Intelligence Unit's global ranking of business environments. The annual survey is based on 91 questions about the operating environment in each country.
From Tech to Deep Tech Report
Hello Tomorrow ranks Amsterdam among its top-ten cities globally for producing deep-tech companies. In a global ranking of countries, the Netherlands came fourth, and Delft University is in the top ten research institutes for producing deep-tech startups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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