Life in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is located in the city centre. Amsterdam has a multicultural society and freedom in choice of lifestyle. It is a safe and welcoming city with a large student community representing many nationalities.

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is a vibrant fashion hub that is presently home to more than a hundred fashion houses and designers. Thanks to its strategic location, the area is also a vital logistics centre for the distribution of fashion items. This combination of creative excellence and logistical importance acts as a magnet to many international companies in the fashion industry.


Amsterdam is regarded as a global village due to the uniquely intimate nature of this modern metropolis. With an environment where everything is accessible by foot or by bike, people enjoy living and working in the city. The costs of living here are lower than in cities such as London, Paris or Stockholm and, apart from London, Amsterdam is considered the only European city in which you can work completely in English.

Amsterdam: Facts & Figures
  • Inhabitants: 854,316
  • Inhabitants in Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: 2,457,296
  • Nationalities: 168
  • Bicycles: 847,000 (estimated)
  • Parks: 40
  • Trams: 200
  • Canals: 165
  • Windmills: 8
  • Museums: 53
  • Cinemas: 15
  • Cafés and bars: 1,515
  • Clubs: 16
  • Restaurants: 1,325


Source: Iamsterdam


Netherlands: Facts & Figures
  • Head of State: King Willem-Alexander
  • Type of state: Constitutional monarchy
  • Seat of government: The Hague
  • Capital: Amsterdam
  • Population: 16,5 million
  • World Happiness Report 2020: #6
  • EF English Proficiency Index 2019: #1
  • Economist’s Safe Cities Index 2019: #4
  • European Commission’s 2019 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS): #4


Source: IamExpat, Iamsterdam, DutchNews, UNnews

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