Life in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a wonderful place to live and work in. The city’s got a great quality of life, with the ubiquitous bikes making it easy to get around, an always-buzzing cultural life – and plenty of time to enjoy it all, as the Netherlands is famed for a good work-life balance and sets high standards in education, healthcare and family life.

Meet the locals

Alexandra // Living in Almere

"It’s a new and interesting city with a lot of potential. It’s quiet, with a lot of nature, separate infrastructure for bicycles and dog-friendly."

Daniel // Living in Alkmaar

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"Alkmaar has all the characteristics we were looking for: it is close to my office, it is a medium-sized city with all of the facilities and services I needed."

Helena & Pedro // Living in Amstelveen

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"One of the first things that amazed me when I first came here was how family-friendly this busy city can be."

Dorothy & Stanley // Living in Heemskerk

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"Living in Heemskerk gives us a better quality of life. The fact that it is accessible to big cities such as Amsterdam, Haarlem and Alkmaar means we don’t lose out by not living in a big city."

Tessa // Living in Hilversum

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"Hilversum has a strong and well-integrated international community. Make sure you get to know your neighbours and join in with local activities."

Paola // Living in Aalsmeer

"We love sailing on the lake. One of the reasons to move here was to have a boat parked at the end of the garden."

Shirley // Living in Purmerend

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"If you want to enjoy the rural, peaceful life, Purmerend is a good place for you."

Tracy // Living in Haarlem

"We love having so much available to us – experiences, restaurants, shops, museums – and the overall quality of life is great."

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