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Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

 

Amsterdam has always drawn a big influx of new inhabitants. Not only from native Dutch, who moved there to study or work, but also internationally. According to the city administration, there's no city in the world that has more foreign inhabitants (175 of 194 countries world-wide are represented) than Amsterdam.

 

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the 4th busiest airport in Europe. As the economy becomes more global, ever more Dutch companies are moving their headquarters to Amsterdam. Especially around its 'South Axis', huge office buildings have shot up.