Moving to Amsterdam

Expats moving to Amsterdam will find a city rich in history. The capital of the Netherlands is one of the world's top travel destinations, attracting millions of visitors each year. 

The city started out around a dam on Amstel river, and its name reflects this. The canals of the old city, which flare out in five concentric rows, have has led to it being called ‘the Venice of the North’.

Amsterdam is one of the most populated areas in a country with one of the highest population densities Europe. As a result, houses and apartments in Amsterdam may be smaller than expats are used to. 

The city's architectural character has developed around trying to solve this problem. The canals were originally constructed to serve as water highways, keeping all parts of the inner city accessible. While still used for transport, the canals make for exquisite tours and memorable walks along the water's edge.

Amsterdam is part of the Randstad, a conurbation that also includes Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague. This urban network holds most of the country's inhabitants. While the city proper has a seemingly small population of 825,000, the surrounding area has a large number of middle-sized villages. These serve as home for many expats moving to Amsterdam, rather than the city centre.
Tourists often choose the city for the illicit thrills of its red light district and coffee shops, but residents have an abundance of choice when it comes to lifestyle and leisure including extensive museums, scenic walks and vibrant nightlife. 
Amsterdam's transport network consists of buses, trains and trams. Cycling is also popular, with dedicated bicycle lanes throughout the city. As a whole, the Netherlands is a small country and the trains extend well into the countryside, so buying a car is seldom necessary.

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