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DESTINATION PROFILE: AMSTERDAM

Doing Business in
Amsterdam
Expats in Amsterdam have access to the services of
the unique IN Amsterdam, formerly the Expatcenter
Amsterdam. The IN stands for "international newcomers," and services include help with municipal
registration, navigating public transportation,
finding housing, getting acclimated, workshops
on topics such as taxes and education, and exploring the city's offerings through the Amsterdam
Culture Club. The office is located in the Amsterdam
World Trade Center, in the city's Zuidas district.
Information is found on the IN Amsterdam website,
inamsterdam.com.
The Dutch traits of punctuality and mania for
calendaring manifest themselves in meetings that start
on time, get down to business with little small talk,
and follow a strict agenda. Business greetings usually

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encompass firm handshakes (although friends often
greet each other with a three-part kiss on alternating
cheeks). Maintaining eye contact during the greeting
and all discussions is a must. Avoid displays of emotion or overexpressive gestures or phrasing.
The Dutch reputation for honesty at all costs also
makes for straightforward communication. Dutch
people might appear blunt, but expats learn to
appreciate knowing where they stand. Forthrightness
runs both ways, with expat colleagues expected to be
open and direct. However, honesty doesn't translate
to rapid decisions. In this collaborative business
environment, all opinions are gathered and given
consideration before a decision is rendered.
Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands,
but English, French, and German are widely spoken.


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