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Amsterdam is the most populated city in the Netherlands and also the capital with over 1.5 million people living in the greater metro area. The city is in the North Holland province and gets its name from the Dutch word, Amstelredamme, which points to the origin of the city as a dam of the river Amstel. It began life as a 12th-century fishing village and went on to become a major port during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, due mostly to its trade innovations. It was at this time that Amsterdam led in finance and diamonds. Expansion in the 19th and 20th centuries led to several new neighbourhoods and suburbs. UNESCO has placed the Defence Line and the canals of Amsterdam on its World Heritage List. If you would like to know more about interesting things you can do in the city why not read our blog post 'Why you should give a damn about Amsterdam' and be inspired!

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