9 Facts About Amsterdam

1. The biggest Montessori high school in Amsterdam is the Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam.

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2. Under the Dutch Constitution, Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands.

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

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

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6. In contrast to those other metropolises, Amsterdam was surrounded by large towns such as Leiden, Rotterdam (45,000), Haarlem (38,000), and Utrecht (30,000).

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7. At the turn of the 18th century, Amsterdam was the fourth largest city in Europe, behind Constantinople, London (550,000) and Paris (530,000).

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

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9. In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city 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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