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official matters

If you’re new to living in Amsterdam, you’re likely to have to sort through a few bureaucratic issues. The necessary whos, whats and hows of living in Amsterdam are collected on these pages. They contain all the practical information you'll need: from registering a birth through arranging healthcare to taking care of a work permit. 

District of West

City of Amsterdam District of West combines the former districts Westerpark, Oud-West, De Baarsjes and Bos en Lommer. The size of the district is 10 k...

District of Nieuw-West

City of Amsterdam District of Nieuw-West (New West) combines former districts Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, Osdorp and Slotervaart as of 1 May 2010. The size...

District of Oost

City of Amsterdam District of Oost (East) combines former districts Zeeburg and Oost-Watergraafsmeer as of 1 May 2010. The size of the new district is...

District of Zuid

City of Amsterdam District of Zuid (South) combines former districts Oud-Zuid and Zuideramstel as of 1 May 2010. The size of the new district is 17 km...

Amsterdam city districts

Amsterdam is broken up into seven city districts (stadsdelen). An overview of each district, including its neighbourhoods (buurten), office (stadsloke...

Official matters

Organise visas, permits, registration, driving licences and other essential procedures for becoming a new resident in Amsterdam. 


I amsterdam's Living portal is the English-language hub for learning about life in the Amsterdam Area, whether you're moving to the city region, newl...

Register in Amsterdam

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