In 2017, 143 new international companies established offices in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The region remains popular with foreign companies looking to settle in Europe. Over the next three years, these companies are expected to create more than 2,700 new jobs.

Thousands of new jobs in Amsterdam

Further expansion of established international businesses also led to the creation of more than 4,100 extra jobs in 2017. Last year, the European Medicines Agency (EMA)announced that it will be moving its headquarters to Amsterdam. Currently based in London, the EMA must relocate due to Brexit.

“Amsterdam enjoys a strong competitive position as a location for international businesses and startups thanks to its strategic placement within Europe, its excellent logistics networks, its function as a data hub and its ability to attract talent,” said alderperson Udo Kock (economic affairs). “Our city’s strong standing has generated a huge number of jobs in Amsterdam and the surrounding region: more than 6,500 last year alone. And that’s not even including the jobs that will be created by the European Medicines Agency’s move. It’s important that Amsterdam doesn’t take the establishment of international companies for granted, but that we continue to invest in infrastructure and in building office spaces, international schools and housing throughout the city and the region.”

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