Pros and Cons of Living in Amsterdam

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Amsterdam

What do expats in Amsterdam appreciate most about the local culture?

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"I appreciate the relaxed atmosphere and level of safety compared to where I came from. I appreciate the Dutch appreciation for time off with family and friends. They know when to stop working and enjoy life, people, each other. They also don't consider themselves competitive as we are raised in the US. This has minuses but definite pluses in how they view life and what they feel is important," added another person living in Amsterdam.

"Everything is predictable. There are no surprises once you get acclimated! The Dutch love order and cleanliness. They are a very polite society," explained one expat living in Amsterdam.

"Openness, liberal attitudes and acceptance of all. Friendliness towards expats living here, extremely genuine, happy, family and friend-oriented people," said another in Amsterdam.

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What do expats find most challenging?

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"Most challenging aspects for me are the Dutch language, the occasional "that's not possible" attitude of the locals, and the lack of becoming something exciting. This place has so much potential to be greater but I think the Calvinist remnants in the culture hold people back from freely exploring their limits. I also am so puzzled by the menus in Dutch kitchen restaurants and cafes. They are almost rubber-stamped in offerings. It's rare to find creative alternatives. Many ethnic options here of course but too much Dutch sameness," explained one expat living in Amsterdam.

"The rainy weather was distressing to me. Getting to know Dutch people can be difficult depending upon where you live. The Dutch don't like to "think outside the box". The most common phrase I heard was "That's not possible". It drove me crazy," said another expat in Amsterdam.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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