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

Helena & Pedro // Living in Amstelveen

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

Tessa // Living in Hilversum

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

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

My Amsterdam Daniel
"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."

Tracy // Living in Haarlem

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

Amsterdam’s cultural life

Don’t be fooled by Amsterdam’s village-like charm: this is a European capital and as such offers an exciting art, music, film and theatre scene.

Explore life in Amsterdam