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Many Dutch people would like to live and work abroad for a longer period.
This is evident from research by the bank Bunq among five hundred adult Dutch people. 69 percent would like to exchange the Netherlands for another location across the borders. Among young people this is even 77 percent.
The bank, which focuses its research on future expats and so-called ‘digital nomads’, analyzed the average costs for (co-)working spaces, public transport, rent, food and utilities in 28 European capitals. London, Dublin and Luxembourg are the most expensive options, Bucharest, Budapest and Athens are the cheapest.
At only 935 euros per month, Bucharest is the cheapest destination for digital nomads with a modest budget. Budapest is in second place with 1,090 euros, but Athens is also remarkably cheap (1,191 euros). At 3,220 euros per month, London is the most expensive of the European capitals, followed at an appropriate distance by Dublin (2,908 euros), Luxembourg (2,544 euros) and Copenhagen (2,482 euros).
Foreign expats who choose Amsterdam pay an average of 2,386 euros monthly for their living expenses. This makes our capital considerably more expensive than other popular capitals, such as Berlin (2,150 euros), Paris (2,140 euros) and Rome (1,811 euros).
The biggest culprit is the high rental prices. For example, an expat spends approximately forty percent less on housing costs in Paris or Berlin than in Amsterdam: 1,565 euros compared to approximately 1,100 euros. Compared to the aforementioned destinations, Amsterdam is cheaper in terms of average monthly costs for food (292 euros per month) and (co-)working spaces (189 euros per month).