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

My Amsterdam // Lara van Druten & Guy Thimister

‘We’ve put down roots,’ says Lara. ‘We have all the benefits of the city without the craziness. And Amsterdam is only 20 minutes away.’

My Amsterdam // Sreeja Chedayath and Jayadev Sukumaran

For the family, ‘Hoofddorp is the perfect place,’ says Jayadev. ‘We have everything we need, although it only takes 20 minutes to get to Amsterdam’s centre.’

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.'

Sandra // Living in Almere

'I saw Almere as a city of the future: green, family friendly, very well located, and with spacious houses at affordable prices.'

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.

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