Amsterdam is divided by more than 80 km (more than 50 mi) of canals into about 90 islands joined by about 400 bridges.
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, but the seat of government is in The Hague.
The city is one of the most important commercial centers in Europe. Amsterdam is the chief financial center of the Netherlands. A major European stock exchange is located in Amsterdam, as are the Bank of the Netherlands and several insurance firms.
Boat cruise on the canals: lovers.nl
Population (1993 estimate) 719,856.
The city is a major port linked to the North Sea and other European countries by a network of railways and canals, notably the North Sea Canal, which is navigable by oceangoing vessels.
Among leading industries in the city are shipbuilding, sugar refining, publishing, and the manufacture of heavy machinery, paper products, textiles and clothing, porcelain and glass, aircraft, automobiles, and chemicals.
The city is famous as a center for polishing and cutting diamonds (as it's history is linked with Antwerp). gerritrietveldacademie.nl
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