Pros and Cons of Living in Amsterdam

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

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?

"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," explained one expat 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," said another expat in Amsterdam.

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

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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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