13
Mar

Amsterdam

Just before I board the plane to Amsterdam I feel it is important to mention the few highlights on the city to which I will now call my home.

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city, which had a population (including suburbs) of 1.36 million on 1 January 2008, comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of around 6.7 million.

Its name is derived from Amstellerdam, indicative of the city’s origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds.

The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world’s top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world is located in the city center. Amsterdam is currently one of the best European cities in which to locate an International Business. It is ranked fifth in this category and is only surpassed by London, Paris, Frankfurt and Barcelona.

Amsterdam’s main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 3.66 million international visitors annually.

Not only is this city known for its great attractions but its also known as 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. In 2006, there were about 465,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. Bicycles riding is so well used by all socio-economic groups because of their convenience, Amsterdam’s small size, the large number of bike paths, the flat terrain, and the arguable inconvenience of driving an automobile.

There are many wonderful attractions when one talks about Amsterdam but nothing is more dear to me than an attitude of tolerance by this wonderful city where nearly everyone speak excellent English. Prostitution is legalized and licensed in the Netherlands, and in Amsterdam it is very visible (window prostitution), and there are large numbers of prostitutes. The sale, possession, and consumption of small quantities of cannabis is allowed by authorities . This tolerance also extends to the LGBT community as well. The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage in the Netherlands has been performed and recognized since April 1, 2001. The legalization of same-sex marriage actually started on January 1, 1998 where registered partnerships were introduced in Dutch law.

These are just the few great things about this wonderful city and as I get to know it more I know that there are going to be more hidden gems that I will discover.

Tré Sweeney…..

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