Fintech and finance in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a rich history of financial innovation. The world’s first central bank was established here, as was the first stock exchange and first limited company. Today, Amsterdam is the centre of the Dutch banking sector and a force in fintech, making it one of Europe's leading financial centres.

What makes Amsterdam a great place for fintech and finance companies

In addition to the headquarters of the major Dutch banks ABN AMRO and ING, Amsterdam is home to offices of more than 50 international banks, including Norinchukin, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and the European Investment Bank (EIB), as well as several major accountancy firms, insurance providers and pension funds. International finance companies, such as Azimo, Currencycloud and Paypal, increasingly choose Amsterdam as a stable base to serve European markets post-Brexit. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, established in 1602, is still going strong in the heart of the city.

What makes Amsterdam special is its formidable fintech sector. The city’s vibrant tech scene, entrepreneurial spirit and eager adoption of new technologies make it the ideal base for growing a fintech business. International firms are in good company; homegrown startups-turned-unicorns, including Adyen, Mollie and bunq, are making waves worldwide, while time-tested institutions are exploring AI and blockchain technology. In typically forward-looking fashion, global green finance rankings have found that, year after year, Amsterdam is among the world leading markets for creating solutions that embrace sustainable practices.

The finance and fintech ecosystem is bolstered by an internationally focused, highly-educated and English-speaking workforce. Amsterdam draws top minds in finance at internationally renowned industry events such as Money 20/20, and its central location ensures quick connections to the European market. 

  • Among world's leading cities for green finance
  • #1 worldwide in English proficiency
  • 200,000 jobs in finance & fintech in the Amsterdam Area, 26% of total employment
  • World-class financial infrastructure and open regulatory system
  • Easy access to European markets
  • Unmatched internet speed, capacity and availability

Set up in Amsterdam

Are you searching for a location for your European office or do you want to know more about your potential market in the Amsterdam Area? As the region’s official foreign investment agency, amsterdam inbusiness can help international businesses enjoy a soft landing in the Amsterdam Area, including arranging fact-finding visits and providing market intelligence. Get in touch with a member of the team:

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Contact Jonas Liekens, Manager Foreign Investments Fintech and Cybersecurity

As the official foreign direct investment agency of the Amsterdam Area, we can help you set up, succeed and expand your business here.

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