Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. 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 Akzo Nobel, Philips and ING, are based in the city. In 2010, Amsterdam was ranked 13th globally on quality of living. Being one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam has all the advantages of a big city: a rich cultural programme, international restaurants, nightlife and good transport but with little road traffic due to its extensive canals. Get a bike to experience the beauty of Amsterdam and discover a city where your destination is never far away.
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