Open Amsterdam is a strategy to establish the city as the ideal homebase for international talent and businesses. The municipalities of the Amsterdam Area, universities, healthcare organisations and other community players have all been actively involved in setting and achieving goals that guarantee the highest possible quality of life. Three themes are central to the programme: work, education and quality of life.

Since it was implemented in 2016, Open Amsterdam has paved the way for creating the welcoming conditions that attract international students, employees, entrepreneurs and creatives. Under the strategy, waiting lists for international schools in the region have been reduced and plans are in place to expand the international education offering. Collaborations with doctors and medical staff has made it simpler for internationals to access the Dutch healthcare system. Information on renting and protecting tenants’ rights has also been made more widely available thanks to the weekly helpdesk at IN Amsterdam, hosted by !Woon tenant support agency. In addition, internationals can speak directly to advisors from ACCESS about any challenges they face relating to life in Amsterdam.  

Open Amsterdam is closely aligned with universities to ensure that Amsterdam is an attractive place to live and work for ambitious international students and researchers. Plans are in place to improve the visibility of all that the city can offer international students. In the long term, the strategy aims to make primary and secondary education more international, as research indicates that 45 percent of internationals choose standard Dutch schools for their children. By ensuring that information is widely available in English, the strategy hopes to improve websites and other marketing material to communicate more directly with international residents of Amsterdam.

 For more detailed information about the Open Amsterdam programme, visit the Open Amsterdam section