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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Amsterdam ranked 12th most expensive expat city in Europe

Mercer's 2014 Cost of Living Survey ranks Amsterdam as the 12th most expensive city for expats in Europe, and 39th worldwide.

Amsterdam close to banning scooters from bike paths

The Dutch government is considering allowing Amsterdam to make helmets compulsory for scooter riders, which could see them off bike paths in the centre.

Amsterdam & Eindhoven rated among world’s smartest cities

Two Dutch cities have been ranked highly in the latest Cities in Motion Index, which charts the progress of cities as they strive to become truly 'smart'.

Bicycles used more in Amsterdam than any other European capital

Amsterdam has by far the highest levels of cycling as a mode of transport among Europe capitals, around 15 times higher than the average.

Amsterdam ranks 11th in worldwide quality of life index

Amsterdam's international reputation improves as the city moves to 11th place worldwide in the Mercer 2014 quality of life rankings.

Amsterdam accelerating development of new cycling facilities

With bicycle usage in the city having grown by more than 40 per cent in the last 20 years, Amsterdam is speeding up its plans to deal with congestion.

More international companies set up in Amsterdam in 2013

Last year the Amsterdam region attracted over 100 new international businesses wanting to establish themselves in Europe.

Amsterdam one of Europe’s hottest start-up capitals

Wired magazine has identified Amsterdam as one of Europe’s best places to start a company.

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