Best work-life balance  

The Netherlands ranks first in the world for work-life balance. In addition, the country does well in terms of jobs and earnings, education and skills, environmental quality, personal security, civic engagement and health status. On average, people in the Netherlands are also more satisfied with their lives compared to residents of other countries.

(Source: OECD, Better Life Index 2020)

Quality of life

Amsterdam ranks 11th globally and ninth in Europe in terms of the quality of its living conditions. The ranking is based on several 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 excellent education system.

(Source: Mercer, Quality of Living Rankings 2019)

Europe’s safest cities

Amsterdam has been ranked as the world’s fourth safest city – and Europe’s safest – in The Economist’s Safe Cities Index 2019. The report ranks 60 cities across 57 indicators covering four main themes: digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security. Amsterdam also tied with Stockholm as the fourth safest city in terms of health security.

(Source: Economist Intelligence Unit, Safe Cities Index 2019)

One of the world’s happiest countries

The Netherlands came in 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 freedom, income, life expectancy, trust, generosity and social support. Finland, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway took the first five slots. Another study by UNICEF said the Netherlands is the best place to be a kid – with Dutch children ranking highest for happiness.

(Source: United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Happiness Report 2020)

High level of English proficiency

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

(Source: EF, English Proficiency Index for Companies Report 2019)

Top countries for talent

In INSEAD’s Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020, the Netherlands rose to sixth place. The 2020 report measures the ability to attract, retain, train, and educate skilled workers, with the top-ranking countries typically being the most welcoming of entrepreneurial talent. Out of the 132 countries included, the Netherlands was ranked third for growing talent and was also a top performer for vocational and technical skills.

(Source: INSEAD, Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020)

Attracting talent and new business

Amsterdam ranks sixth worldwide in the Global Power City 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: Mori Memorial Foundation, Global Power City Index 2019)

Helping 161 new international companies

Last year, IN Amsterdam, formerly known as Expatcenter Amsterdam, not only welcomed and provided its services to over 17,500 internationals who settled in the Amsterdam Area, but also a record-breaking 161 new international companies.

A great location

The Amsterdam-Rotterdam area (covering the Randstad) came third worldwide in terms of attracting foreign direct investment projects.

(Source: IBM, Global Location Trends Annual Report 2019)

A global city of the future

Amsterdam rose two spots to fourth place in the Global Cities Outlook ranking – a study that analyses the competitiveness and attractiveness of the world’s cities and regions.

(Source: FDI Strategy, Global Cities of the Future 2019)

A booming logistics industry

The logistics industry in the Netherlands is booming and ranks sixth globally in the efficiency of its international supply chains, according to the latest report from the World Bank. The Global Startup Ecosystem Report GSER 2020: The New Normal for the Global Startup Economy and the Impact of COVID-19 also praised Amsterdam’s award-winning logistical connections with the rest of the world.

(Source: The World Bank, Logistics Performance Index)

A high-flying aerospace sector

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has won more than 200 European and global awards over the last 30 years. Most recently, it was awarded Best Airport in Western Europe by the World Airport Awards 2020. It was also ranked third for Aerospace Cities Connectivity and was named the CAPA Airport of the Year in the category of airports with over 30 million passengers a year. The airport was also ranked second for both direct connectivity and hub connectivity by ACI Europe.

(Sources: Skytrax, World Airport Awards 2020; fDi Intelligence, Aerospace Cities of the Future; CAPA Centre for Aviation, Aviation Awards for Excellence; Airports Council International, ACI EUROPE Airport Industry Connectivity Report 2019

Startup capital

Startup Genome’s annual Global Startup Ecosystem Report ranked Amsterdam 12th in a list of the world’s top ecosystems – a jump from 15th place in 2019. This ranking is based on the following measures: performance, funding, talent, market reach and startup experience. And in 2019, Amsterdam took third place in the ‘ease of doing business’ category in the first PwC European Start-up Survey.

(Source: Startup Genome, Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020)

Top country for intellectual property

The Netherlands took the seventh spot in the Global Intellectual Property Index, which gives a full, comparative assessment of the handling of this asset in 52 countries across the globe.

(Source: GIPC, Global Intellectual Property Index 2020)

One of the most valuable tech ecosystems in Europe

A new funding report has named Amsterdam as Europe’s third most valuable ecosystem in terms of the total worth of tech companies founded in the city since 2000 – not bad for a ‘village’ with a population of less than a million. The worth of the local ecosystem has risen to €73 billion from just €10 billion in 2015. According to Dealroom, Amsterdam is “punching above its weight” when it comes to the performance of local startups, allowing it to closely follow London and Berlin in the ranking.

(Source: Dealroom, Amsterdam – Europe’s #3 Tech Ecosystem, 2020)

Amsterdam is one of the world’s smartest cities

Amsterdam took ninth place in the Smart City Index 2020, moving up two spots from 2019. The Dutch capital scored highly in several areas, including access to cultural activities (such as bars and museums) as well as internet speed and reliability.

(Source: IMD, Smart City Index 2020)

A tech City of the Future

The Dutch capital came fourth in a study which ranks cities based on promising prospects for startups, tech and innovation investment.

(Source: fDi Intelligence, Tech Cities of the Future 2020)

The Netherlands is the best market for tech companies

Thanks to the way Amsterdam’s tech ecosystem is closely interwoven with those of Leiden and Utrecht (both of which are only 30 minutes away), and the city’s reputation as the “gateway to Europe”, the Netherlands was named the world’s best market for tech companies in 2020.

(Source: Velocity Global, Global Expansion Tech Index 2020)

The world’s most connected country

The Netherlands came first in the latest DHL Global Connectedness Index (DCI), which looks at the world’s most connected countries. The report emphasises the high level of connectivity that the Netherlands, and especially Amsterdam, prides itself on. An international outlook in terms of business, people and culture are bolstered by a central and easily accessible location and great logistical and digital connections, which make doing business easy. 

(Source: DHL, Global Connectedness Index (DCI) 2019)

The greenest of capitals

Amsterdam was named Europe’s sixth greenest capital city, emphasising how eco-friendly policies and features improve residents' lives. The report evaluated 25 cities based on 10 factors, including air pollution levels, quality of life and CO2 emissions. The capital’s extensive network of cycle paths, which covers 767 kilometres, helped it secure a top position, as did the relatively low levels of congestion in the city.

(Source: Compare the Market, Europe’s Greenest Capitals 2019)