#1 in work-life balance  

The Netherlands ranks first in the world for work-life balance, and the country’s parental education rates, employment rates and youth life satisfaction are well above average. On average, the Netherlands’ residents are more satisfied with their lives compared to residents of other countries.

(Source: OECD, Better Life Index 2017)

Quality of life

Amsterdam ranks 12th globally and 9th in Europe in terms of the quality of its living conditions. The ranking is based on a number of factors, including housing, consumer goods, economic environment, health and medical considerations, natural environment, schools and education, public services and transport, and socio-cultural environment. Amsterdam scored particularly highly for its thriving economic climate and top-notch education system.

(Source: Mercer, Quality of Living Rankings 2018)

One of Europe’s safest cities

 City

 European ranking

 AMSTERDAM

 1

 Stockholm

 2

 Zurich

 3

 Frankfurt

 4

 Madrid

 5

 Barcelona

 6

 Brussels

 7

 London

 8

 Paris 

 9

 Milan

 10

(Source: Economist Intelligence Unit, Safe Cities Index 2017)

Happiness

The Netherlands came in at sixth place in the World Happiness Report by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The report ranks 156 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 government and businesses.

(Source: United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Happiness Report 2018)

Quality of English proficiency

The English proficiency levels of the Netherlands’ workforce are 2nd best in the world, which means Amsterdam really is the ideal city for companies to set up their European headquarters.

(Source: EF, English Proficiency Index for Companies Report 2018)

Attractive countries for talent

The Netherlands came in fifth in the IMD World Talent Ranking, with a score of 82.26 (out of 100). The ranking measures the extent to which countries develop, retain and attract talent. The country performed well in the categories for quality of life, readily available skilled labour, language skills, employee training and quality of education.

(Source: IMD, World Talent Report 2018)

Attracting talent and new business

Amsterdam ranks 3rd in the European Union when it comes to attracting new businesses and talent. This is based on factors such as research and development, cultural interaction, liveability, environment and accessibility.

(Source: The Mori Memorial Foundation, Global Power City Index 2018)

Helping 15,000 internationals

IN Amsterdam, formerly known as Expatcenter Amsterdam, welcomed and provided its services to 15,000 internationals who settled in the Amsterdam Area.

A great location

The Amsterdam-Rotterdam area (covering the Randstad) came fourth worldwide in the number of foreign direct investment projects attracte.

(Source: IBM, Global Location Trends Annual Report 2018)

A global city of the future

Amsterdam ranks sixth in fDi’s Global Cities of the Future – a study that analyses the competitiveness and attractiveness of the world’s cities and regions.

(Source: fDi, Global Cities of the Future 2018)

Logistics

The logistics industry in the Netherlands is booming, ranking 6th globally in the efficiency of its international supply chains.

(Source: The World Bank, Logistics Performance Index 2018)

High-flying aerospace sector

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was ranked third for Aerospace Cities Connectivity, and was named the CAPA Airport of the Year 2017 in the category of airports with more than 30 million passengers a year. CAPA – Centre for Aviation annually awards airports that play an important strategic role in aviation. The airport was also ranked second for both direct connectivity and hub connectivity by ACI Europe.

(Source: fDi, Aerospace Cities of the Future 2018/2019); CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence 2017ACI EUROPE Airport Industry Connectivity Report 2018) 

3rd for startups

Thanks to its flourishing startup ecosystem – including accelerators and incubators, investors, universities, event organisers and co-working spaces – Amsterdam is the 3rd most attractive city in Europe for startups.

(Source: ESI, Startup Heatmap Europe 2016)

Support for digital startups and scale-ups

 Startups

 

 Scale-ups

 City

 Rank

 City

 Rank

 London

 1

 London

 1

 Stockholm

 2

 Stockholm

 2

 AMSTERDAM

 3

 Paris

 3

 Helsinki

 4

 Helsinki

 4

 Paris

 5

 AMSTERDAM

 5

 Berlin

 6

 Copenhagen

 6

 Copenhagen

 7

 Berlin

 7

 Dublin

 8

 Munich

 8

 Barcelona

 9

 Dublin

 9

 Vienna

 10

 Vienna

 10

(Source: Nesta, European Digital City Index 2016)

Startup capital

Amsterdam is one of the Top 20 startup ecosystems in the world, based on the following measures: performance, funding, talent, market reach and start-up experience.

(Source: Compass, The Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015)

Top country for IP

The Netherlands takes the top spot in the Global Intellectual Property Index, which gives a full, comparative assessment of the handling of IP in 43 regions across the globe.

(Source: Taylor Wessing, Global Intellectual Property Index 2016)

Affordable housing

Nested’s Rental Affordability Index found that Amsterdam’s rental prices were more affordable than those of London, Zurich and Copenhagen.

(Source: Nested, Rental Affordability Index 2017)

78.01

How Amsterdam scored on the Numbeo Cost of Living Index, making it a more cost-effective city to live in compared to London (81.63), Paris (83.20) and Dusseldorf (87.50).

(Source: Numbeo, Cost of Living Index 2017)