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Amsterdam still popular with foreign firms [January 19, 2012]

A total of 118 international companies opened offices in Amsterdam and it surrounding area last year, virtually unchanged from 2010, ANP reports, quoting Carolien Gehrels, the city council official in charge of economic affairs.

Most firms are active in IT, the creative industries and financial and business services, she said. The new arrivals created a total of 1,231 jobs, an average of just over 10 jobs per company.

The news agency did not say how many companies, if any, had closed down.

Most of the new firms (43) are American, followed by Asia (37) and Europe (35).

Some 2,200 foreign firms now have a base in the capital of which around 25% are either Dutch or European headquarters.


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