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Amsterdam is a Netherland's capital and largest city and it is a cultural and financial city in Netherland. Now the city as capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is administrated by the establishment of August 24, 1815 and its heirs. The city has 780,000 populations in 2009 estimation. Amsterdam springs its name from 'Amstel dam' which exactly means dam on the river Amstel. The city is in the province of North Holland in the west of the Netherland. Amsterdam developed one of the most significant ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. In the 12th century the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds. It has 13th ranked worldwide on quality of living by Mercer, and formerly ranked 3rd in novelty by 2thinknow in the Innovation Cities Index 2009. The city known for its copious drug laws, personal freedom and positive boldness toward gays, this has always been one of Europe's most radical cities. The city of Amsterdam has many tourist attractions including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its several cannabis coffee shops draw more than 3.66 million international visitors yearly.
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Amsterdam Recreation, Culture and Attractions
The city of Amsterdam has lively and mixed cultural scene over the last few decades blossomed, thanks to a rehabilitated interest in Dutch culture and lifestyle and everything Dutch. It is a musical city and it offering a range of musical styles from street performers and carillons to the more cultured midday and evening performances in the Concertgebouw. Amsterdam with one of the best musical groups in the world the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and an opera with a rich custom, is full with live music, in many concert halls, clubs and jazz cafes. In summer, concerts can be enjoyed in one of the city's beautiful parks. Variety of performances is played in hundreds of venues throughout the city. The city holds plenty of low-cost entertainment, special performances, festivals, cultural events. A mass of street entertainers and live bands in bars and cafes finalizes this rich scene. There are many theaters in Amsterdam most of the main theatres are centered nearby the Leidseplein, and at the Nes Street, within an easy amble of each other. The city is very much in the tradition of the Dutch, to blur the borders among the so called "high art" and the "low art". The Amsterdam scene for the new and familiar is rich in artistic street events starting from graffiti, new street fashion trends, street performers and musicians. During the year, there are many events where street art scene connects to artistic festivals and indications at Amsterdam's art galleries in the city. The city is holds two American Football franchises. There are three field hockey teams in Amsterdam. The city's other popular games are baseball, basketball, ice hockey, Kick boxing, Muay Thai and other martial arts.

Amsterdam Demographics
Amsterdam total population - 780,000

Amsterdam Education
The city's higher education system is attracts students from all over the world. There are some inflexible supplies for entering the country to study, with the need to show that you have enough money to live on through your stay and proof of insurance. Some of the schools base their teachings on particular academic theories like the various Montessori schools in Amsterdam. Jewish schools can be establishing in the southern conurbations of Amsterdam and arrival of Muslim settlers there has been a rise in the number of Islamic schools. The city has several colleges ranging from art and design to politics and economics which are typically also available for students coming from other countries. There are two universities they are University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. The University of Amsterdam is at the heart of the Amsterdam it is offering advanced educational chances for both local students and many who choose Amsterdam for study. Secondary education schools are very discerning and only invite the most outstanding students to participate.

Amsterdam Symbols
Amsterdam Nicknames - Mokum, Venice of the North
Amsterdam Motto - Heldhaftig, Vastberaden, Barmhartig
Amsterdam National Anthem - Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Ben ik

Amsterdam Flag

image of Amsterdam flag

Amsterdam History
The city of Amsterdam has a long and exciting history. It is an extreme deliberate city of northern Europe, has continuously been a famous name in world history and played a central role in the history of the Netherlands. In the 16th century transported a revolt by the Dutch against the Habsburg king Philip II of Spain. During this period spiritual wars raged throughout Europe and many people fled to the Dutch Republic and Amsterdam, where they sought refuge. In the 17th century Amsterdam was the center of world economy, it is a golden age of Amsterdam, currently the city is known for its accepting character. Amsterdam was established as a fishing village nearby the thirteenth century. The city developed round a dam in the Amstel River at the end of the 12th century. The city donated the largest share in taxes to the States of Holland which in turn paid over half the quota to the States General. Amsterdam was also one of the most consistent in settling tax demands and therefore was bright to use the hazard to withhold such payments to good effect. Throughout the 17th and 18th century, Amsterdam was a city where settlers formed the majority. Maximum settlers were Lutheran-Protestant Germans. The huge effect of German immigration can be seen nowadays in the surnames, which are often German. Now the city offered into the area beyond the Singelgracht. Currently the city has many industries, theaters, tourist attractions. Tourism and transportation systems are playing a major role in the city's economy.

Amsterdam Tourism
Amsterdam has number of tourist attractions and it is one of the major popular tourist destinations in Europe. Museums are the foremost tourist attraction in Amsterdam. There are number of museums in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museums are well known museums in the city. Oude Kerk church is the old church with little houses clinging to its sides, remains a calm heaven at the heart of the frenetic Red Light District. The Dam square is the center and heart of Amsterdam. There are number of canals have led Amsterdam. It has covered with canals and bridges; Amsterdam begs to be explored by foot or bike.

Amsterdam Transportation
Transportation of Amsterdam is one of the most important sectors in Amsterdam's economy. The city is perfectly walkable cities with most major sites located in or closes the city center. Public transport in Amsterdam mostly comprises of bus and tram lines managed by Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf. Now there are 16 altered tram lines, and four metro lines, with a fifth line, the North or South line, under construction. The city assisted by ten stations of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the major airport in city. The city is one of the major bicycle-friendly large cities in the world and is a center of bicycle culture with good amenities for cyclists such as bike tracks and bike racks, and several protected bike storage garages which can be used for a nominal fee.

Amsterdam Universities
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands - 32,739 Students
Amsterdam University College, Amsterdam, Netherlands - 600 Students
VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands - 22,730 Students

Amsterdam Parks
Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdam Museums
Van Gogh Museum
Stedelijk Museum
Rembrandt House Museum
Anne Frank House
Museum Het Grachtenhuis
Hermitage Amsterdam
NEMO (museum)
Amsterdam Museum
Allard Pierson Museum
Bijbels Museum
Joods Historisch Museum
Museum Van Loon
Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum
Diamond Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam Government
The city of Amsterdam is a capital of the Netherlands. It is run by the City Council and a college of Alderpersons. The Council is the main power in the City of Amsterdam and is responsible for all main decisions. It has 45 seats on the council, which are opposed by the several political parties. Council members are voted every four years by inhabitants of the City of Amsterdam. The city divided into 15 boroughs. The city is governed by a mayor, aldermen, and the municipal council. The mayor inhabits a special position and he/she is not voted by the city's residents, but is selected by the Monarchy. The mayor is head of the police and responsible for upholding public order in the city.

Amsterdam Economy
The Amsterdam Economy is very well developed and it is mostly based on the agriculture and industry. Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands. The city has three other smaller financial districts. Now the city is one of the best European cities in which to locate an International Business. Amsterdam Transportation is one of the major economic sectors in the city. The city is aided by number of express highways and railroads. The city's major economic sectors are tourism, chemical, automobile, shipping, electronics, etc.

Amsterdam Geography
Amsterdam is a capital city of Netherlands. The city is frequently called "the Venice of the North." It is part of the region of North-Holland and is situated in the west of the Netherlands next to the provinces of Utrecht and Flevoland. It is strongly urbanized, as is the Amsterdam metropolitan area closes the city. The city has many canals their main canals are Singel, Prinsen, Keizers, and Heren. These are interconnected by many short waterways, in-between the city into about 90 islands that are linked by more than 1,200 bridges. Amsterdam has oceanic climate with muscularly influenced by its nearness to the North Sea to the west, with prevailing westerly winds. User Comments

1/14/2012 MaggieWrite Comment
Amsterdam is built several meters below sea level. If the dikes break, the whole city would disappear. Amsterdam has 165 canals, crossed by 1,281 bridges. Each year, the city administration takes up to 10,000 bicycles out of the canals. Amsterdam has more bikes (1 million) than inhabitants (750,000). Only 30% of Amsterdammers own a car.
1/13/2012 Amsterdam Food Write Comment
Amsterdam Food
For breakfast the Dutch usually have coffee or tea. Coffee is usually served dark without milk or cream unless asked for. And the tea is light and sweet. There are many small lunch restaurants or huge dinner areas were someone can grab a bite. Mostly salads, sandwiches and soup in the winter one well know soup is the erwtensoep. The erwtensoep is a Pea Soup made thick and contains peas and chunks of smoked sausage or the famous Amsterdam Uitsmijter. Other Dutch favorite include raw herring, and Bitterballen which is deep fried meatballs. Stroopwafels waffles sandwiched together with a cinnamon-spiced syrup are sold in most bakeries. Dinner being the main meal of the day is usually eaten in the evening. The food tends to be heavy with potatoes as the main ingredient in the Dutch?s diet. Traditional potatoes are mashed. Boiled and mashed with fried bacon. Amsterdam is very proud of their cheese choices since they offer delicious cheeses, the most common Gouda and Edam cheese which are made to perfection. They had the oud which stands for old. Oud cheese has a sharp taste and the opposite is the jong young cheese which is mild and creamy. Mostly all the café?s in Amsterdam cafes offer some kind of cheese as a snack.
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