Living in the Amsterdam region

Each part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has a unique character, access to international schools and a variety of housing options.

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 greater Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Ouder-Amstel & Diemen

A close connection to central Amsterdam. These cities enjoy a prime location at the centre of the Amsterdam Area.


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.

Hilversum, the Gooi & Vechtstreek

Hilversum near Amsterdam
Living in Green Amsterdam: A region filled with possibilities.

North Sea Coast

Relaxed living and an active lifestyle around Amsterdam’s coastline.

Zaanstad & Purmerend

Amsterdam Beemster polder windmill
Living alongside the cultural and industrial heritage of Amsterdam’s harbours.

Almere & Lelystad

Experience modern living in Amsterdam’s newest satellite cities.

Haarlemmermeer, Aalsmeer & Uithoorn

Haarlemmermeer and the area surrounding Amsterdam Airport Schiphol connects Amsterdam with the world.

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.

Look for housing

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