Calling all globetrotters! What is the next place on your bucket list? Have you tried settling in Amsterdam? It may just be everything you ever wanted in a home. Following are the top ten reasons to move to Amsterdam as an expat.
Amsterdam is a cyclist’s haven. Throughout the city, 800,000 bikes are being used! Cycling is one of the main forms of transportation and everybody who is anybody does it. Expats may have to get used to the biking or traffic style in this city as it can be on the chaotic side. However, just remember to ride by the local traffic regulations, at least until you feel like you are equipped to conquer the rebellious Dutch riding style.
If biking doesn’t float your boat, then make use of the canals and ferries, preferably an open-air boat. Ferries connect Central Station to North Amsterdam. This city offers many public transport options in general, including metro, tram, bus, nightbus, and Schipholsternet options (buses between Amsterdam and the airport).
Are you a cheese lover? An unofficial, international food expert? A foodie whose desire to discover new dishes can never be quenched? It will feel like Amsterdam caters just to you.
The busiest and largest market, the Albert Cuypmarkt, embraces multiculturalism and food. There are Moroccan, Indonesian, and Surinamese stalls, and many more. If you still have not had enough, fill yourself up at a range of nearby cafés or restaurants. Noordermarkt also provides fresh, local produce on Saturdays.
Indulge in spontaneous meals at Marius restaurant, where the chef creates a daily four-course, set menu out of ingredients he finds during the day. Or meander over to the Hotel de Goudfazant for some steak tartare with smoked herring on the waterfront of Amsterdam-Noord.
As an expat in Amsterdam, you don’t need to be able to converse in Dutch to get hired or start a business, for the most part. It is reported that demand is high for skilled candidates who work for international companies and speak languages other than Dutch. If you can speak English, you won’t have a problem getting things done, however isolated you may feel at first.
Yes, Dutch may be a difficult language to learn. But whoever said things come easy! Enjoy Amsterdam to the max and plunge into the Dutch language. Take advantage of what the financial and economic capital of the Netherlands has to offer!
In comparison to other European countries, salaries are competitive in the Netherlands. Expats can also profit from a tax rule that excludes them from having to pay taxes on 30% of their salary. Nonetheless, those qualified for this perk must be employed, highly skilled, and have a monthly gross salary of at least 4,371 euros.
The “30% Rule” can help expats cope with the Netherlands having one of the highest tax rates in Europe. For those making between 33,000 and 54,000 euros, the average tax rate is 42%, while for incomes of 54,000 euros or more, the tax rate is 52%.
Dutch employers believe in having a life. So if you found work in Amsterdam in a Dutch company, it is likely that you will have time to enjoy life outside of work. However, many American companies in Amsterdam stick to bringing their customs with them and may push employees to work longer hours.
Nonetheless, as a whole, those residing in Amsterdam have conquered the work-life balance. It may even be frowned upon to work from 7:00 until 20:00.
If culture is what drives you, Amsterdam offers a variety of opportunities to get in touch with your artsy side. Indulge in the masterpieces of Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt at the Van Gogh Museum, or at the Rijksmuseum.
Amsterdam breathes coziness, making it hard to evade. The intimate feel of the city gives the impression that time has stopped and that troubles are far away. This feeling is enhanced in the many traditional brown cafés (named for their smoke-stained walls and wood paneling). Restaurants, too, let you linger long after you have finished your meal to ensure a relaxed atmosphere.
Amsterdam is the perfect place to roam without knowing exactly where you are going. Multiple lanes lead to specialty shops, hidden gardens, distilleries and ruins used as music venues. You can always count on running into a café or a canal.
As Amsterdam’s “Central Park,” Vondelpark caters to a variety of interests. Gardens, ponds, lawns and footpaths decorate the area of this giant park. Meet with friends, enter a café, play the guitar or simply read a book. Vondelpark invites all.