The capital and largest city of the Netherlands.

amsterdam at night

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the . The city is located in the province of in the west of the country. With more than one million inhabitants in its urban area, it is the country's largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative centre.

As of 2013 many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters in amsterdam, and 7 of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in this city.

Amsterdam is colloquially known as Venice of the North, because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges.