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Location Guide: Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Once known as “The City of Diamonds” thanks to it’s status as a diamond cutting and trade centre, Amsterdam is a fun and lively city with great nightlife. By day and by night, it is a stunning city with beautiful walks by the canals, interesting architecture and a strong tourist culture.

The Netherlands has an estimated population of 16.5 million, making it the 11th most populated country in Europe and the 61st in the world. Amsterdam is the capital city, it is a nice compact city with a population of around 780,000. Amsterdam has an international welcome with around 20% of the population being from areas as diverse as Germany, Turkey, Morocco, and Indonesia.

The Dutch are the tallest people in the world, with an average height of 1.81 metres (5 ft 11 in) for adult males and 1.67 metres (5 ft 6 in) for adult females.

Working in Amsterdam

The 30% reimbursement ruling (the 30% ruling) is a tax advantage for foreign employees working in the Netherlands. When a number of conditions are met, the employer can grant a tax free allowance amounting to 30% times 100/70 of the gross salary subject to Dutch payroll tax. This results in a maximum (effective) tax rate of approximately 36.4%. This tax free allowance is considered compensation for expenses a foreign employee experiences when working outside their home country. This is a fantastic incentive to work in Amsterdam and adds to the already existing bonuses of reasonable living costs and generous salaries.

The healthcare system is excellent, with reasonable inpatient waiting lists and GP Doctor availability. If you work and pay income tax in The Netherlands you are obliged to take out Dutch health insurance, even if you are already insured back home. The cost of a basic healthcare package is around €1100 per year and you will be required to pay an excess of around €100-150 should you require treatment.

Living in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is served by ten stations of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways. Amsterdam Centraal is also an international train station. From the station there are regular services to destinations such as Austria, Belarus, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Switzerland. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is less than 20 minutes by train from the city centre. A flat terrain, cycling is a popular way to get around the city, as is the motor scooter. it’s also the cheapest way to travel, and fantastic for your health, too.

Amsterdam is packed with cultural attractions and wonderful cafes and bars. The Van Gogh Museum and The Royal Palace are must see destinations, and the renowned social cafe culture is a wonderful experience. Festivals are numerous, from comedy and popular music events, to outdoor classical music, food and fashion fairs, Amsterdam has something for everyone on a continuous calendar of events that runs throughout the year.

Standard of living in Amsterdam is considered good, with a low rate of unemployment and crime. Taxation is quite high with an average of around 40% on gross earnings, but as mentioned before, the 30% tax ruling for foreign nationals means there is an advantage for foreign workers and a great incentive to relocate to this beautiful city. The cost of living is considered to be generally reasonable, less expensive than London or Hamberg for example, but more than Belfast or Berlin.

Restaurants

Amsterdam represents a range of cuisines, with an emphasis generally on cafe, or light eating, in casual, laid back environs.

Tales and Spirits is an excellent restaurant and cocktail bar, with a menu tailored for sharing and smaller samples, and a fantastic range of cocktails. The English speaking staff are more than happy to help you pick the right tipple for you.

Al Ponte is a small cafe with a focus on Italian breakfast and brunch eating. Some say it has the best sandwiches in Amsterdam. See for yourself, and enjoy a relaxing al fresco meal while the boats pass by.
Restaurant Johannes offers a fantastic dinner experience against a classic backdrop. Offering a range of European cuisines, the chefs are known for coming out and making recommendations, or offering to cook you something special.
Here’s a few other recommendations.

The Average Cost of Living in Amsterdam

Restaurants

Average

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant

€15.00

Meal for 2 with 3 courses, mid range restaurant

€60.00

Combo meal at McDonalds, etc.

€7.00

Drinks

                                               Average

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught)

                                              €4.25

Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle)

                                             €3.00

Wine (10 cl glass, depending on brand) 

                                             €5.50

Cappuccino

                                             €2.63

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle)

                                             €2.04

Water (0.33 litre bottle)

                                             €1.88

Transport

                                                                                        Average

One way ticket 

                                                                                        €2.80

Monthly Pass

                                                                                        €79.00

Taxi Start 

                                                                                        €3.95

Taxi 1km 

                                                                                        €2.03

Gasoline (1 litre)

                                                                                        €1.77

Monthly Rent and Living Costs

Average

Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre

€1094.00

Apartment (1 bedroom) outside city centre

€723.00

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre

€1,718.00

Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside city centre

€1,211.00

Utilities (electricity, heating, water etc.

for small apartment)

€163.00

1 minute of prepaid mobile tariff local

(no discounts or plans)

€0.21

Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

€25.93

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