Famous for its liberal social policies, its maritime and trading traditions, the Netherlands consistently ranks as one of the top places in the world to do business. The standard of living is high and for the third consecutive year running, a UNICEF survey has found Dutch children to be the happiest in the developed world. However, in terms of attitude and atmosphere, Amsterdam and the rest of The Netherlands could almost be two different countries.
Amsterdam is an eccentric mix of classic and contemporary. The city is a leading tourist destination, a coveted place to live and a prime spot for business. Cobblestoned streets lined with shops, cafés, creative businesses, and cultural venues provide a lively and contemporary scene for its residents. The warehouses once used for trade have been converted into apartments and large businesses are nestled in 18thcentury mansions.
Amsterdam has over 1 million bicycles but only 780,000 Amsterdammers
When you land at Schiphol Airport, you are actually four meters below sea level
The Dutch people are the tallest Europeans
The Van Gogh collections in the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum are the largest in the world
Amsterdam has a house boat called Poezenboot which is a house for stray cats
75% of the world’s entire bulb production comes from the Netherlands
The International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court are both in The Hague
The Netherlands is the third largest global exporter of agricultural products
Due to the number of large, multinational companies located in the Netherlands, the expatriate and international population is quite active. This is reflected in part by the number of services geared toward the English speaking expatriate community. The Netherlands remains an attractive place to live and expatriates are an intrinsic part of the Dutch knowledge- based economy. For a detailed list of expatriate networks, please contact us.