53 Facts About Amsterdam Netherlands


Amsterdam Netherlands was founded at the Amstel, that was dammed to control flooding; the city's name derives from the Amstel dam.

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Sloten, annexed in 1921 by the municipality of Amsterdam Netherlands, is the oldest part of the city, dating to the 9th century.

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In 2022, Amsterdam Netherlands was ranked the ninth best city in the world to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit and 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer.

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Amsterdam Netherlands's merchants had the largest share in both the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company.

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Amsterdam Netherlands was Europe's most important point for the shipment of goods and was the leading financial centre of the western world.

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The Bank of Amsterdam Netherlands started operations in 1609, acting as a full-service bank for Dutch merchant bankers and as a reserve bank.

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The city was a major destination port for Dutch slave ships beginning in the 17th century, which lasted until the United Amsterdam Netherlands abolished the Netherland's involvement in the trade in 1814 at the request of the British government.

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Amsterdam Netherlands was an member of the Society of Suriname, an organisation founded to oversee the management of Surinam, a Dutch slave colony.

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Amsterdam Netherlands's prosperity declined during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

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Some Amsterdam Netherlands citizens sheltered Jews, thereby exposing themselves and their families to a high risk of being imprisoned or sent to concentration camps.

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Many trees in Amsterdam Netherlands were cut down for fuel, and wood was taken from the houses, apartments and other buildings of deported Jews.

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Amsterdam Netherlands is connected to the North Sea through the long North Sea Canal.

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Amsterdam Netherlands is intensely urbanised, as is the Amsterdam Netherlands metropolitan area surrounding the city.

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Amsterdam Netherlands has an oceanic climate strongly influenced by its proximity to the North Sea to the west, with prevailing westerly winds.

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Still, the population of Amsterdam Netherlands was only modest compared to the towns and cities of Flanders and Brabant, which comprised the most urbanised area of the Low Countries.

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In 1750, Amsterdam Netherlands was the fourth largest city in Western Europe, behind London, Paris and Naples .

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In contrast to those other metropolises, Amsterdam Netherlands was surrounded by large towns such as Leiden, Rotterdam, Haarlem and Utrecht .

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In 1578, the largely Catholic city of Amsterdam Netherlands joined the revolt against Spanish rule, late in comparison to other major northern Dutch cities.

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The first Ashkenazis who arrived in Amsterdam Netherlands were refugees from the Khmelnytsky Uprising occurring in Ukraine and the Thirty Years' War, which devastated much of Central Europe.

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Catholic churches in Amsterdam Netherlands have been constructed since the restoration of the episcopal hierarchy in 1853.

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In recent times, religious demographics in Amsterdam Netherlands have been changed by immigration from former colonies.

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Amsterdam Netherlands experienced an influx of religions and cultures after the Second World War.

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Amsterdam has been one of the municipalities in the Netherlands which provided immigrants with extensive and free Dutch-language courses, which have benefited many immigrants.

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Medieval and colonial age canals of Amsterdam Netherlands, known as grachten, embraces the heart of the city where homes have interesting gables.

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The oldest building in Amsterdam Netherlands is the Oude Kerk, at the heart of the Wallen, consecrated in 1306.

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The leading architects of this style in Amsterdam Netherlands were Jacob van Campen, Philips Vingboons and Daniel Stalpaert.

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Since Amsterdam Netherlands expanded rapidly during this period, new buildings adjacent to the city centre were built in this style.

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Amsterdam Netherlands has many parks, open spaces, and squares throughout the city.

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Substantial number of large corporations and banks' headquarters are located in the Amsterdam Netherlands area, including: AkzoNobel, Heineken International, ING Group, ABN AMRO, TomTom, Delta Lloyd Group, Booking.

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Port of Amsterdam is the fourth-largest port in Europe, the 38th largest port in the world and the second-largest port in the Netherlands by metric tons of cargo.

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Amsterdam Netherlands is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, receiving more than 5.

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Amsterdam Netherlands has its garment centre in the World Fashion Center.

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The first ballet performances in the Amsterdam Netherlands were given in Schouwburg in 1642 with the Ballet of the Five Senses.

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The artist most associated with Amsterdam Netherlands is Rembrandt, whose work, and the work of his pupils, is displayed in the Rijksmuseum.

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Van Gogh lived in Amsterdam Netherlands for a short while and there is a museum dedicated to his work.

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Amsterdam Netherlands has a world-class symphony orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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Amsterdam Netherlands has a tradition of cabaret or kleinkunst, which combines music, storytelling, commentary, theatre and comedy.

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Since Amsterdam Netherlands is a multicultural city, a lot of different ethnic restaurants can be found.

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In 1920, Amsterdam Netherlands assisted in hosting some of the sailing events for the Summer Olympics held in neighbouring Antwerp, Belgium by hosting events at Buiten IJ.

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The basketball team MyGuide Amsterdam Netherlands competes in the Dutch premier division and play their games in the Sporthallen Zuid.

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Amsterdam Netherlands hosted the World Gymnaestrada in 1991 and will do so again in 2023.

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City of Amsterdam Netherlands is a municipality under the Dutch Municipalities Act.

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Since 1981, the municipality of Amsterdam Netherlands has gradually been divided into semi-autonomous boroughs, called stadsdelen or 'districts'.

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In 2014, under a reform of the Dutch Municipalities Act, the Amsterdam Netherlands boroughs lost much of their autonomous status, as their district councils were abolished.

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Municipal council of Amsterdam Netherlands voted to maintain the borough system by replacing the district councils with smaller, but still directly elected district committees .

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The city region is similar to Greater Amsterdam Netherlands but includes the municipalities of Zaanstad and Wormerland.

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Amsterdam Netherlands is served by ten stations of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen .

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Amsterdam Netherlands is one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world and is a centre of bicycle culture with good facilities for cyclists such as bike paths and bike racks, and several guarded bike storage garages which can be used.

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Amsterdam Netherlands is a prominent centre for national and international media.

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Amsterdam Netherlands is home to the second-largest Dutch commercial TV group SBS Broadcasting Group, consisting of TV-stations SBS 6, Net 5 and Veronica.

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However, Amsterdam is not considered 'the media city of the Netherlands'.

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Radio Amsterdam Netherlands, heard worldwide via shortwave radio since the 1920s, is based there.

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Amsterdam Netherlands is featured in John Green's book The Fault in Our Stars, which has been made into a film as well that partly takes place in Amsterdam Netherlands.

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