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Amsterdam – the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the west of the country. The city, whose population as of January 1, 2008, there were 747,290 people, represents the northern part of the complex Randshtadt cities with a population of about 6.7 million people, is the sixth largest metropolis in Europe.
The town’s name is derived from the phrase «Amstel dam» and shows how the city was born: a dam on the river Amstel was on the site of the present Dam Square. Appearing as a small fishing village at the end of the XII century, during the Golden Age of the Netherlands Amsterdam it became one of the most important port cities in the world. At that time he was the leading center for finance and trade in diamonds. In the XIX and XX centuries, the city has expanded, formed new districts and suburbs.
The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Here are the headquarters of many large Dutch institutions and based 7 of the largest 500 companies in the world, including Philips and ING. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, which is part of the Euronext pan-European company, is located in the heart of the city. The main attractions of Amsterdam (namely, their mean and especially when the mention of the Netherlands sights), which, in addition to its channels are the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, the Red Light District and many coffee shops, here are attracted 4.2 million annually tourists.