Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands and the most populous city of 872,680 within the City proper and 2,410,960 in the Metropolitan area and 1,380,872 in the urban area. The national government is in The Hague not in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is referred to as the “Venice of the North,” attributed by a large number of Canals which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the top financial centers in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an Alpha -World City by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group. Amsterdam enjoys one of the lowest costs of living in the European Capitals. Amsterdam is the oldest Stock Exchange in the world.
Amsterdam’s main attractions include its historic canals, beautiful houses and coffee shops. The city is popular for its nightlife and festival activities. Some of its nightclubs are among the world’s most famous. The city draws more than 5 million international visitors annually. It is also one of the world’s most multicultural cities, consisting of at least 177 nationalities represented.