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Living in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) is comprised of several surrounding municipalities, including the cities of Amsterdam, Almere, Amstelveen, Diemen, Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer, Hilversum and Velsen.

Welcome to the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) lies to the north of the Randstad and encompasses the city of Amsterdam and the Dutch provinces of North Holland and Flevoland. The area has a total population of over 2 million inhabitants.

Life in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

Amstelveen

Amstelveen shopping Rahi Rezvani AAP Agency
Close to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and just a short distance from Amsterdam city centre, Amstelveen is appealing for internationals and businesses.

Haarlem

Haarlem is one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful old cities, offering a wealth of historic buildings and sights and a lively community of 150,000 residents.

Diemen

Diemen
Diemen's accessible location combined with quiet neighbourhoods and green spaces make it a popular choice for families and commuters.

Hilversum

Hilversum near Amsterdam
Hilversum is home to a lively community of 86,000 residents and is brimming with creative companies, greenery and attractions.

Velsen

Couple cycling in Bloemendaal dunes Amsterdam Beach Rob Verhagen
Velsen is a region of impressive contrasts, where you can live in a bustling port town or retreat to a peaceful village near the dunes and the beach.

Almere

After its initial development as a suburban area east of Amsterdam, Almere has grown to achieve the status of the Netherlands' most exemplary ‘new town’ and has a population of more than 200,000 residents.

Haarlemmermeer

Haarlemmermeer
Haarlemmermeer is made up of small villages and large residential areas and ranks among the 20 largest municipalities in the Netherlands.

Tips for relocating to the region

Relocation tips

Settling into Amsterdam life can be relatively straightforward, especially if you plan and arrange as much as you can before relocating. Check out the...

Everyday essentials

Whether you're moving to Amsterdam, newly arrived or an established citizen, here you can look up official information on day-to-day living, including...

Find out about schools

Select the right school for your child with information on international primary and secondary schools for English-speaking and bilingual students.

Register in Amsterdam

Register a short or long stay in Amsterdam with the municipality (gemeente), and receive your citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN).

Look for housing

Read up on renting, buying property, mortgages and housing rights to help with finding your new home in the Amsterdam Area.