What is Amsterdam?

  • (noun): An industrial center and the nominal capital of the Netherlands; center of the diamond-cutting industry; seat of an important stock exchange; known for its canals and art museum.
    Synonyms: Dutch capital, capital of The Netherlands


Amsterdam ( /ˈæmstərdæm/; ) is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. The city's status as the capital of the nation is governed by the constitution. Amsterdam has a population of 820,256 within city limits, an urban population of 1,209,419 and a metropolitan population of 2,289,762. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. It comprises the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million.

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Stelling Van Amsterdam
... World Heritage Site known as the Defence Line of Amsterdam (in Dutch named Stelling van Amsterdam) is a 135 km long ring of fortifications around Amsterdam, consisting of 42 forts located between ... The Stelling van Amsterdam was constructed between 1880 and 1920 ...
Nicolaes Tulp - Career As A Physician
... The career of Dr Tulp matched the success of Amsterdam ... As the population of Amsterdam grew from 30,000 in 1580 to 210,000 in 1650, Dr Tulp's career as a doctor and politician made him a man of influence ... was appointed Praelector Anatomiae at the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons ...
Stelling Van Amsterdam - Function
... The Stelling van Amsterdam was primarily a defensive "water line" (in Dutch waterlinie) ... In the event of an enemy attack, large tracts of land around Amsterdam would be inundated with water, preventing the enemy from advancing ... Amsterdam would function as a national reduit, as the last stronghold of the Netherlands ...
Amsterdam, Mpumalanga
... Amsterdam is a small sheep farming town in Mpumalanga, South Africa ... At first called Roburnial the name was changed on 5 July 1882 to Amsterdam, after the Dutch city where the State Secretary, Eduard Bok, was born, and out of gratitude for Dutch sympathy during the First Anglo-Boe ...
Stelling Van Amsterdam - Service
... The Stelling van Amsterdam has never seen combat service and the use of aircraft rendered it obsolete after World War I ... the southern portion of the polder while the northern portion could continue to produce food for Amsterdam, is now cut by the A4 Motorway ... In 1996 the complete Stelling van Amsterdam was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site ...

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