Amsterdam

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Quality of life in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most bike-friendly cities on the planet: It has more bikes than people and 63% of its residents use them for their daily commute. It is also one of the best cities in Europe for starting and operating a business. With its clean environment, cultural diversity and well-developed infrastructure, Amsterdam is a great place to live.

Amsterdam is one of the top ten city matches for 14.5% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
231/263
Details
Large apartment$2020.98
Medium apartment$1655.84
Rent index [score]0.45
Small apartment$1290.69

Cost of Living

4
203/261
Details
5km taxi ride$14.00
A Cappuccino$3.00
A beer$1.60
A kilogram of Apples$2.30
Bread$1.30
Inflation [score]0.43
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$42.00
Monthly public transport$100.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$86.07

Startups

8
29/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups40
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.75
Coworking spaces [score]0.68
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co43
Meetups [score]0.78
Meetups groups196
Meetups members121025
Number of investors197
Number of startup events in the last 12 months726
Number of upcoming meetup events301
Startup climate scene [score]0.78
Startup events79
Startup events108
Startup events [score]0.73
Startups [score]0.85
Total number of startups942

Venture Capital

7
38/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesRockstart Accelerator, Startupbootcamp Amsterdam / NFC & Contactless
Number of funding accelerators2
Venture capital [score]0.69

Travel Connectivity

8
8/260
Details
Airport hub237
Airport hub [score]0.99
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.64

Commute

6
27/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Netherlands/Amsterdam
Traffic handling [score]0.82

Business Freedom

9
62/259
Details
Business freedom80.00
Business freedom [score]0.77
Freedom from corruption83.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.92
Lack of labor restrictions64.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.52
Time to open a business4.00
Time to open a business [score]0.97

Safety

9
47/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.76
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents4
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.99
Lack of guns [score]0.98
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.99

Healthcare

8
60/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.64
Healthcare quality [score]0.87
Life expectancy (years)81.86
Life expectancy [score]0.91

Education

6
28/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Amsterdam
Best university ranking63
Country mean scores in PISA math test531.84
Country mean scores in PISA reading test511.23
Country mean scores in PISA science test522.06
PISA math ranking (high school)6
PISA ranking10
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.92
PISA reading (high school)12
PISA science (high school)12
Percent of happy students0.81
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.15
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.19
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.12
University quality [score]0.37

Environmental Quality

7
100/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.69
Cleanliness [score]0.58
Drinking water quality [score]0.82
Urban greenery [score]0.76

Economy

5
144/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.25
GDP per capita$47354.53
GDP per capita [score]0.75

Taxation

5
133/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.61
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes119
VAT (Sales Tax)0.21

Internet Access

6
85/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)34.07
Internet access (download) [score]0.63
Internet access (upload) [score]0.58
Upload speed (Mbps)14.38

Leisure & Culture

9
16/263
Details
Art galleries293
Art galleries [score]0.81
Cinemas162
Cinemas [score]0.71
Comedy clubs116
Comedy clubs [score]0.86
Concert venues342
Concerts [score]0.81
Historical sites263
Historical sites [score]0.80
Museums187
Museums [score]0.98
Performing art venues327
Performing arts [score]0.79
Sport venues150
Sports [score]0.76
Zoos19
Zoos [score]0.86

Tolerance

7
74/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index97.37
LGBT Equality Index [score]1.00
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.41

Outdoors

5
90/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.11
Median peak in meters67.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)11.00
Water access [score]0.96
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Amsterdam are in the 203rd place of all 261 Teleport cities and the most expensive in Netherlands. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Amsterdam will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,420$1,892
$1656
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$42
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$28
Monthly public transport$100
Lunch$14
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compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Amsterdam are above average. For this job type, Amsterdam ranks 92nd for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Amsterdam.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$54,095
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

3.90
Guns per 100 people
0.58
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Amsterdam in position 71 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.9

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Amsterdam

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On living in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. With more than one million inhabitants in its urban area, it is the country's largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative center. Amsterdam is colloquially known as Venice of the North, because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every traveler's taste here, whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city.

Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important trading centers in the world during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. The city's small medieval center rapidly expanded as the Jordaan and the Canal District were constructed; the latter's cultural significance was acknowledged when it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded in all directions, with many new neighborhoods and suburbs designed in modernist styles.

Amsterdam is not the seat of the government, which is in The Hague. Partly because of this, the city has an informal atmosphere unlike other capital cities its size. In fact, Amsterdam has a history of non-conformism, tolerance and progressivism, all of which come together in its liberal policies concerning cannabis and prostitution. Attractions include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Magere Brug, Albert Cuyp Market and the Vondelpark.

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