Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands. The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world's top 500 companies. The Netherlands is in Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany. The climate is temperate marine with cool summers and mild winters. The official language is Dutch. English, German and French are also widely spoken, especially in cities and main tourist areas. A few polite phrases in Dutch will be appreciated. The main religion is Christianity. The Netherlands has a prosperous and open economy in which the government has reduced its role since the 1980s. Industrial activity is predominantly in food-processing, Financial services, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery. Dutch people generally value honesty and decisiveness. An indirect approach may be perceived as devious or untrustworthy. In business the use of first names is not automatic. Expatriate business dress is relatively conservative, comprising dark suits with neutral shirts. The security risk for expatriates in the Netherlands is low. Risks include street crime such as pickpockets and bag-snatching in tourist areas, and the underlying threat terrorism. The currency of Netherlands is the Euro (EUR). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Amsterdam is 1.4 Million (Urban) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.7% for the Netherlands as at October 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Netherlands is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 51.75%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Amsterdam is as follows: Amsterdam as at 1 October 2019 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$610 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1110 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$234 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$24900 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2050 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$770 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$660 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2850 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$490 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$320 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$440 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$920 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1330 Amsterdam is 19.4% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 34.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 126.2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Amsterdam for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Amsterdam) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Amsterdam is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Amsterdam? Register subscribe to your home location and Amsterdam and run your personalised reports.