Quality of life
People from all over the world are attracted to the liveability and quality of life and excellent work-life balance found throughout the region. Amsterdam’s village-like charm is paired with a cosmopolitan vibe and cultural icons that can match any major European capital. It’s a successful combination: Amsterdam regularly ranks high in Mercer’s annual Quality of Living report, which assesses living conditions across ten categories. And in the OECD Better Life Index, a measure of well-being in countries across the world, the Netherlands is the top-scorer for work-life balance and scores above average for housing, education and skills, environmental quality and health status.
Because of Amsterdam’s attraction to internationals, the city has a multicultural vibe and there is a strong international community. In addition, the vast majority of Amsterdam residents speaks English. Services for the international community in Amsterdam, such as international schools and IN Amsterdam, are excellent, helping newcomers feel at home after a short time.
Dutch children are amongst the happiest in the world, making Amsterdam a great place to raise a family. The city is very welcoming to families, and there are plenty of family-friendly cafés, lots of things to do and places to play, such as the many beautiful parks in and around Amsterdam.