City Highlights


Following are a few interesting facts about Amsterdam and its commercial real estate market…

Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country in the direct vicinity of Schiphol Airport (ranked as Europe’s best international airport for both cargo and passenger transport and main hub to Europe). Its status as the Dutch capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands though it is not the seat of the Dutch government, which is The Hague.

As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centers in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities study group. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters in Amsterdam including Philips and ING. Furthermore companies like Google, Facebook and Starbucks have chosen Amsterdam as location for their European headquarters.

The Amsterdam South Axis district is the most prestigious office location, not only within the Amsterdam area but of the entire country. The combination of prime office space, excellent accessibility by all means of transport (including Schiphol Airport), highly educated, multilingual, flexible workforces and a high standard of living make the South Axis the preferred location for international tenants and occupiers of commercial real estate.

In 2015 Amsterdam was ranked the second best city in which to live by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and 11th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer (2014). The city was previously ranked 8th in innovation by 2thinknow in the Innovation Cities Index 2014.

Amsterdam is the springboard to the EU market because of its strategic location in the center of the three largest European economies: Germany, France and the UK – 170 million consumers (half of the EU) within a 300 mile (482.8 km) radius and approx. 244 million consumers in a 600 miles radius.

About the Principal

Fred Knoop
Fred-Anton Knoop

Fred-Anton Knoop has over 20 years’ experience in “100% dedicated to tenants” advice. He is able to identify and deliver the best solution for corporate occupiers.

His specialties are:

The search for locations: identify sites suitable to business plans of corporate occupiers

Lease Negotiation: represent corporate occupiers in negotiating (or renegotiating) rental commitments

Advice on property matters: inventory and diagnose real estate of corporate occupiers

Appraisal: help corporate occupiers with any plans for acquiring, transferring, restructuring or valuating property

His independent perspective and approach allows him to guarantee that no conflict of interest will interfere with your results.

 For more information, contact:
Fred-Anton Knoop or Stephan Buis
Area Occupier Solutions

Phone: +31.15.8200.378
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