I have posted a similar post, sometime back. Here it is
I lost track of the post for some time but when I saw it today I saw interesting replies from Marc.
I think it depends on what is your intent of shifting. If you are shifting for savings then it is not the place to go unless you have got a very good pay.
The reason being that the social security in Netherlands is good and that is why people do not really care much about savings, so, the salary standards are not very high there.
If you are going for a better lifestyle(as compared to India), then it is a decent choice.
I can not give you a breakup of the expenditure but generally 1500-1800 Euros per month must be more than enough to live a good life in Amsterdam. If you are planning to live in a suburb then it may go down by 200-300 Euros. (This is based on the inputs i got from various sources, may be someone can clarify on this.)
Public transport is excellent in Amsterdam and around, so you really do not need a car.
Netherlands have a concept of a knowledge migrant worker or highly skilled worker. This is decided based on your CV and skills. If you come under that then your spouse automatically gets work permit with you i.e. no separate work permit application for your spouse.
(Additionally, for all knowledge migrants, there is a 30% tax waiver which reduces the tax liability greatly and hence increases the take home salary)