Settled initially as a small fishing village in the 12th century, Amsterdam has since gained more than a million inhabitants and poses today as the proud capital of the Netherlands. Commonly referred to as ‘Venice of the North’, due to its many canals and bridges, the city is the largest in the country. Acting as the financial, cultural and creative centre of the Netherlands, Amsterdam manages to meld history with contemporary urban flair.
Often coupled with its magnificent architecture, its vast array of museums and its extensive bicycle culture, Amsterdam is also one of the top financial, legal and business service centres in Europe, hosting employers like %employers%. Attracting such big multinational companies is no coincidence, as Amsterdam is located at the centre of Europe’s purchasing power, has a strong infrastructure, a multilingual workforce, a stable political and economic environment and business-friendly regulations. Districts such as Zuidas and the city centre itself form the main business hubs and are consequently great areas for ambitious students and recent graduates to test their newly acquired professional skills and knowledge.
Additionally, Amsterdam offers applicants a multicultural and convivial urban environment that is like no other. Considered an alpha world city by the GaWC study group, this metropolis combines attractions such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s House with its distinctive and controversial red-light district, cannabis coffee shops and wild nightlife, setting it apart from any other European capital.