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Moving to Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the capital and the largest city in the Netherlands, is the nation’s business, financial, cultural and commercial hub. For a city that has more bicycles than people, the best way to experience Amsterdam, and its rich culture, is riding on two wheels across the city.

Expats planning to move to Amsterdam will find that work is done faster, and quality work is celebrated. Spending workdays in this beautiful city adds extra value to the expat experience. 

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Amsterdam.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Amsterdam

With its rich history and culture, Amsterdam is welcoming and offers great opportunities for expats. 

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Amsterdam.

Finding a place to live
Many properties in Amsterdam are owned by housing associations and are rent-controlled. The demand for housing in Amsterdam is very high so the cost of renting a property can be expensive with an annual increase in the rental fee. It is best to start looking for a place to live before moving into the city as waiting lists for expats looking for property tend to be long.

Getting around the city
Bicycles! Amsterdam has more bicycles than people. Over 60% of the people in Amsterdam use bicycles to get around the city and it has more than 400 kilometres of cycle paths. But some cyclists can be reckless at times so be sure to stay on the correct path and take extra caution when cycling from one point to another.

Access to healthcare
The Dutch healthcare system is one of the best in Europe. If you are moving to Amsterdam, you will be required to get basic health insurance to cover the costs of medical care in the city. You can also opt for additional insurance for a higher monthly premium.

Cost of living 
Compared to other expat cities, the general cost of living in Amsterdam is lower without compromising on the standard of living. Your cost of living in Amsterdam would differ depending on which part of the city you are located. Staying in the central areas of the city are usually more expensive.

One of the safest cities in the world
Amsterdam is one of the safest cities in the world. The crime rate in the city is low. So if you’re moving to Amsterdam, you can rest assured that you will be living in a pleasant atmosphere that will easily make you feel at home. 

Meet your Amsterdam Team Leader

Steven den Brinker

Born and raised in Amsterdam, Steven lived as an expat abroad for many years before returning to Amsterdam. 

He understands the challenges expats face when moving into Amsterdam and helps them with a personal, dedicated, and direct service together with his network of talented and focussed professionals. He assists expats moving into Amsterdam by directing them to his extensive professional network of long-lasting experienced partners that understand the importance of mobility services to expats.

Steven leads our Amsterdam E-Team and can provide an introduction to any member of the team.

Jelle Bakker

With his extensive knowledge and experience in International Tax, Jelle is ideally positioned to help expats with their tax and accounting concerns.

He is currently the Partner, International Tax for Bentacera and has been with the company since 2012. He also has hands-on experience on being an expat as he has worked in Moscow and Ukraine assisting expats with international tax matters.

Jelle co-leads our Amsterdam E-Team city and would be happy to connect you to members who can provide essential services needed when moving to Amsterdam.

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