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

Videos about Amsterdam

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Cities in the Netherlands sign deal for a circular economy

Eight cities in the Netherlands sign a deal to work together with government officials and think tanks towards a circular economy.

Winter concerts in Amsterdam: December, January and February

This winter, Amsterdam will once again be filled with top performers and international stars. Here are our picks for can’t-miss concerts!

Amsterdam ranked 11 in Sustainable Cities Index 2016

Amsterdam has been ranked 11th in the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2016, which assesses 100 global cities against three dimensions of sustainability.

Brexit may cause companies to move from London to Amsterdam

The Brexit referendum could lead to a stronger position for Amsterdam internationally, as companies consider moving their offices from London.

Amsterdam getting increasingly expensive for expats

While the Dutch capital is getting more expensive to live in for expats, it’s still relatively cheap compared to the rest of the world.

Beautiful street art in Amsterdam

Many buildings and pavements of Amsterdam are covered with secret, colourful pieces of street art, from little surprises to grand artistic visions.

Amsterdam is the European Capital of Innovation 2016

Amsterdam beat 35 other cities to become the European Capital of Innovation 2016!

Dutch cities increasingly polarised and segregated

The economies of the big Dutch cities are doing very well, but the difference between rich and poor is growing in the metropolitan areas of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam ranks high worldwide for safety and livability

According to the 2016 Mercer Quality of Living index, Amsterdam is one of the world's safer cities with a high livability rating.

Three Dutch cities among the happiest in Europe

Every three years the European Commission releases data on the perception of the quality of life in European cities. Three Dutch cities made the top 19!


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