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General

Amsterdam, as the financial and cultural center, is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. This city is well-known as Venice of the North because there you can find a lot of canals which are crossing Amsterdam. This city is ideal for english-speaking people because for 90% English is the second language (according to Eurobarometer report in 2012). Additionally, Amsterdam is one of the most attractive places for tourists in Europe (over 7 million travelers annually). Moreover, there is one interesting fact that it is near 881 000 bicycles in Amsterdam.

90%

of population speak English

7million

tourists annually

881k

bicycles in the city


Cost of living
Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 1,512 
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 1,118 
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 2,616 
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,776
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 158
  • Internet € 41 
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 90 
  • Taxi 1km ride € 2.4 
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.6 
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 36                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 15
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
  • Beer € 4.5
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 3 
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.4
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 37 
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 12 

Healthcare

In Amsterdam before signing up with doctor`s practice, you have the opportunity to interview him/her and this interview will be charged for a consultation. Moreover, there are some doctors in Amsterdam that specialize in treating expats.

Medications are provided by pharmacies in Amsterdam that take turns staying open for 24-hours.

Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

More about health care system


Education

There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Amsterdam.

More about Higher Education 


Climate

Amsterdam, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild winters and summers. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter -1°C (30 °F). Furthermore, cloudy days are common in Amsterdam (especially from October till March).

 22°C

average temperature in summer

-1°C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Amsterdam, as a safe city, takes 6th position in the list “Safe City Index 2017”. However, in Amsterdam there are more than 881,000 bikes and due to the statistics, almost everybody looses 2 bikes a year. And about crime, this city is also safe for residents.

6th

position in the list "Safe City Index 2017"

75/100

Safety index "SafeAround"


Economy

Amsterdam, as a city with a reputation for innovation, is considered as the financial and business capital of the Netherlands. Furthermore, this city is ranked the fifth in the category of cities in which to locate an international business. That`s why Amsterdam attracts top professionals from all over the world.

1552

Minimum monthly salary

3963

Average monthly salary


People

Expat communities are common in Amsterdam because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

InterNations
Meetup
Spanish expat community

  • General

    Amsterdam, as the financial and cultural center, is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. This city is well-known as Venice of the North because there you can find a lot of canals which are crossing Amsterdam. This city is ideal for english-speaking people because for 90% English is the second language (according to Eurobarometer report in 2012). Additionally, Amsterdam is one of the most attractive places for tourists in Europe (over 7 million travelers annually). Moreover, there is one interesting fact that it is near 881 000 bicycles in Amsterdam.

    90%

    of population speak English

    7million

    tourists annually

    881k

    bicycles in the city

  • Cost of living
    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 1,512 
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 1,118 
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 2,616 
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,776
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 158
    • Internet € 41 
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 3
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 90 
    • Taxi 1km ride € 2.4 
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.6 
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 36                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 15
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
    • Beer € 4.5
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 3 
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2.4
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 37 
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 12 
  • Healthcare

    In Amsterdam before signing up with doctor`s practice, you have the opportunity to interview him/her and this interview will be charged for a consultation. Moreover, there are some doctors in Amsterdam that specialize in treating expats.

    Medications are provided by pharmacies in Amsterdam that take turns staying open for 24-hours.

    Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

    Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Moreover, here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Amsterdam.

    More about Higher Education 

  • Climate

    Amsterdam, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild winters and summers. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter -1°C (30 °F). Furthermore, cloudy days are common in Amsterdam (especially from October till March).

     22°C

    average temperature in summer

    -1°C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Amsterdam, as a safe city, takes 6th position in the list “Safe City Index 2017”. However, in Amsterdam there are more than 881,000 bikes and due to the statistics, almost everybody looses 2 bikes a year. And about crime, this city is also safe for residents.

    6th

    position in the list "Safe City Index 2017"

    75/100

    Safety index "SafeAround"

  • Economy

    Amsterdam, as a city with a reputation for innovation, is considered as the financial and business capital of the Netherlands. Furthermore, this city is ranked the fifth in the category of cities in which to locate an international business. That`s why Amsterdam attracts top professionals from all over the world.

    1552

    Minimum monthly salary

    3963

    Average monthly salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Amsterdam because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed.

    InterNations
    Meetup
    Spanish expat community

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