Amsterdam is an historic European city with a modern outlook and acts as the cultural and financial hub of the Netherlands. One of Europe’s finest cities to live and work in, life in this buzzing city is certainly unique and is renowned for its liberal attitude, vibrant arts and entertainment scene, combined with ease of doing business.

There are a number of neighbourhoods which are popular among expats, including; Oud-Zuid and Amstelveen for families, Jordaan, De Plantage, and Oud-West. De Pijp is a popular option with the younger expats who enjoy the bar and café scene, but there’s many interesting small shops here as well as the Albert Cuyp street market for your fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.


IJburg is made up of four man-made islands and is located in the far east of the city. This area is proving very popular with young families looking for quality housing, and a quieter lifestyle.  Still only 20 minutes from Central Station by tram, there are plenty of good Dutch schools, neighbourhood cafes, restaurants and a sandy beach for the summer days.


Another Amsterdam neighbourhood that is rapidly rising in popularity is Amsterdam Noord.  Just across the water from Central Station, but still within the A10 ring, this area originally was known for its shipbuilding wharves and it is now part of an redevelopment programme with cafes, bars and restaurants, museums and street markets.  Multiple apartment buildings are located on and around the old docks, all with stunning views across the water to the city, or out to the green countryside.  Prices tend to be cheaper here, but like the rest of Amsterdam they’re rising rapidly.


There are more than 10 international schools for 3-18 year olds in Amsterdam, catering for a wide range of curriculums including the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE and A-level programmes. These include; Amity International School, The International School of Amsterdam and the British School of Amsterdam. Schools following other international curriculums include; the Japanese School of Amsterdam (ages 6-15) and Lycée Français Vincent (ages 3-10) with a second site in The Hague for secondary school.


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