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August-October 2017

Amsterdam targets tech talent

Amsterdam ranks high on the list of potential locations for technology companies. The city was rated fifth in the world in real estate adviser Savills’ list of attractive locations for tech companies. A growing number of Dutch and international tech companies have settled in Amsterdam, with Netflix being the latest. By the end of 2018, the company will have more than 400 employees working in Amsterdam, and the Netherlands capital now has 1.3 startups per 1,000 people. And the city is happy with the influx of tech companies, according to deputy mayor Kajsa Ollongren, who said: “Cities can’t live without creative pioneers. We are open to the arrival of foreign entrepreneurs and artists. That is good for the Amsterdam economy and strengthens our cultural life.” In its report, Savills praised Amsterdam for its good connections to other cities, thanks largely to Schiphol international airport; the city’s attractive living environment; the fact that almost everyone there can speak English; and its skilled workers. But the Netherlands ...

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