Why choose Amsterdam for business?

Businesses in Amsterdam benefit from being in one of the most innovative cities in Europe, across technology, finance, science, sustainability and more. What makes it truly special? An unrivalled quality of life, excellent connectivity and a passion for making a better world. Join thousands of international companies by setting up or expanding your business in Amsterdam.   

Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship

Amsterdam is known internationally as the city of canals, bikes and liberal free-thinking. When it comes to business, it’s defined by innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. This DNA, together with the region’s dedication to sustainability and social value, creates the ideal place to successfully start or expand your business.

Amsterdam has a long history of innovation in business. The world’s first stock exchange opened here in 1602, which saw the very first publicly traded company. Today, the city continues to break new ground; it’s home to the Netherlands’ most powerful supercomputer and the European Medicines Agency, as well as the world’s first museum and accelerator for sustainable fashion. It’s where scientific conferences can easily mix with visionary startups, and unique collaborations push the boundaries of traditional industries.

Forward-looking industries

Within Amsterdam’s business districts and specialised hubs, cross overs are frequently made. World-leading finance and tech companies benefit from transparent regulators and digitally advanced consumers looking for smarter user experiences. Excellence within academia and industry make up a thriving life sciences and health sector, galvanised by the possibilities of AI. Greener ways of living are inspired by sustainable creative industries, while the city’s emissions and circularity targets are bringing about a dynamic cleantech market.

Quality of life attracts global talent

To make these possibilities a reality, businesses can count on a steady supply of skilled talent. Alongside a highly educated local workforce, various incentives and visa schemes make international recruitment easy. People from all over the world are attracted to the quality of life found throughout the region.

With more than 160 nationalities present in the Amsterdam Area, the majority of Amsterdam’s residents speak English fluently. The English-speaking Netherlands Commercial Court highlights the ease of doing worldwide business in Amsterdam.

Connections are quick and convenient

With its small scale and open international business culture, connections are quickly made at home and abroad. There are currently more than 3,300 international companies in the Amsterdam Area, plus almost 2,000 startups and scale-ups.

Convenient connections by land, water and air – as well as superfast internet speeds – make the region a prime location in Europe for businesses to sustainably extend their reach. With a network of high-speed trains to European cities as well as the 327 destinations served by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is itself just a 15-minute train ride from the city centre.