Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Living in or visiting Amsterdam? Information and useful links for students, locals and tourists.

Information about Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the largest Dutch city, the capital of the Netherlands, and the nation's financial, business, cultural and commercial capital as well.

Since its founding in the 12th century, Amsterdam has evolved from a small fishing village into one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, into a bustling and beautifully preserved cosmopolis with about 800.000 residents, 880.000 bicycles, 165 canals, 1.281 bridges, 40 parks, 40 concerts or theatrical performances daily, and numerous international companies.

Amsterdam's uniquely liberal policies towards cannabis and prostitution have earned it an international reputation as a city of tolerance as well as a nightlife capital, but its appeal extends well beyond the legendary Red Light District.

The city's 17th century canal ring, its crooked canal houses with their gorgeous gabled facades, and major museums like the Van Gogh and newly remodelled Stedelijk also give Amsterdam serious cultural credibility.

amsterdam history museum
Photo by Flickr user Sebastiaan ter Burg

With such a big and broad selection of things to see and do, it's no wonder that Amsterdam has become a major travel destination that attracts more than 4,6 million tourists each year.

Amsterdam's compact size, cycling lifestyle, diverse population (more than 170 nationalities!), English-speaking natives, abundance of green space, reliable public transportation system, and central location within Europe mean it's not only a great place to visit, but also a great place to live.

These factors and more explain why the quality of life in Amsterdam consistently ranks among the best in the world.

family cycling amsterdam
Photo by Amsterdamize

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Amsterdam ranked 2nd in new Digital City Index

The European Digital City Index (EDCi) has ranked Amsterdam second, out of 35 major EU cities, on how well it supports digital entrepreneurship.

Amsterdam in 2040: A master plan for a smart city

Online research platform Future Cities explored how Amsterdam will look in 2040 - what infrastructure and smart technologies are being implemented.

Amsterdam's top hotel hotspots

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Amsterdam among world’s top 20 startup ecosystems

Amsterdam is a significant and fast-growing player in the world of startups, according to a report which ranks world cities as ecosystems of entrepreneurship.

Study reveals most popular Dutch towns and cities according to locals

To help regions of the Netherlands become more 'marketable' to tourists, the study looks at residents' views on life in their Dutch towns and cities.

Big Dutch cities see accelerating growth

The populations of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Groningen are surging, due to changes in young people's lifestyle patterns in the Netherlands.

10 reasons why Amsterdam is a great place to start your business

Starting your own business but don't know where to base it? One entrepreneur gives 10 good reasons why Amsterdam should be at the top of your list.

Amsterdam and Rotterdam among world’s most sustainable cities

According to a new global report on city sustainability, Amsterdam and Rotterdam balance economic, environmental and quality-of-life values.

Amsterdam ranks 11th in global city livability index

According to the Mercer Quality of Living index for 2015, Amsterdam still deserves its status as a rewarding city for expats.

Amsterdam ranked world’s fifth safest city in 2015 index

According to the Safe Cities Index 2015, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Amsterdam is one of the safest urban centres in the world.


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