My Amsterdam: Interviews with locals

Learn more about what life is like in Amsterdam directly from people who've already made the move. Amsterdam international profiles introduces you to a wide variety of people from around the globe who've chosen to develop their career and live their life in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, finding new work, making new friends and enjoying a wealth of opportunities. Share in their experiences and get ahead with their tips.

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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.'

Interviews and stories

Jason Denham // Denim designer

Hailing from London, Jason Denham has tailored himself a place among the denim greats with Amsterdam-born brand Denham the Jeanmaker.

Beatrix Ruf // Stedelijk Museum Director

German-born Beatrix Ruf explains why Amsterdam already feels like home and why it’s so exciting to be at the helm of the Stedelijk Museum.

Amanda Yiu // Tea specialist

Amanda Yiu
Amanda Yiu gifted Amsterdam all the delicacy and decorum of the Chinese tea ceremony with high-end tea shop Formocha.

Discover more Amsterdam stories

My Amsterdam: Deepa

10 Feb
Meet Deepa, who's been enjoying life in Amsterdam for four years, working on her international media career while raising a family. As part of the Ams...

My Amsterdam: Denise

20 Nov
Meet Denise, a systems engineer from Germany who moved to Amsterdam eight years ago. As part of the Amsterdam international profiles, you can learn mo...

My Amsterdam: Jessica

15 Sep
Meet Jessica, an event specialist turned community manager who made the move from the US to Amsterdam last year with her husband. As part of the Amste...

My Amsterdam: John Veluchamy

21 Sep
Meet John, a Medical Research PhD student from India who is currently living in Amsterdam with his wife and one-year-old daughter while studying at th...

My Amsterdam: Joyce

04 Sep
Meet Joyce, a Nutritional Therapist who moved to Amsterdam four years ago and now runs a successful nutrition business, EatLiveLovefood. As part of th...

My Amsterdam: Kevin

28 Jan
Meet Kevin, who's been benefiting from an international internship in Amsterdam. As part of the Amsterdam international profiles, you can learn more a...

My Amsterdam: Candace

22 Jan
Meet Candace, who's been running a business in Amsterdam for five years and made the city her home. As part of the Amsterdam international profiles, y...

My Amsterdam: Guy

25 Feb
Meet Guy, who's been building a new food future for himself in Amsterdam for two years now. He's the founder of Sir Hummus, a delicatessen specialisin...

My Amsterdam: Theodora

07 Oct
Meet Theodora, a theatre producer, director and coach from Greece who moved to Amsterdam 14 months ago and now runs an arts foundation. As part of t...

My Amsterdam: Jagdeep & Sumeet

26 Mar
Meet Jagdeep, Sumeet and their family. They made the move to Amsterdam four years ago and, as part of the Amsterdam international profiles, you can le...

My Amsterdam: Nicolas

20 Nov
Meet Nicolas, a Recruiting Manager from Paris who moved to Amsterdam six months ago. As part of the Amsterdam international profiles, you can learn mo...

My Amsterdam: Ioana

28 Jan
Meet Ioana, who's a first year student at the University of Amsterdam. As part of the Amsterdam international profiles, you can learn more about livin...