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Interesting Facts About Amsterdam

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Amsterdam; The Netherlands’ cultural, artistic, entertainment and financial centre. City; With its beautiful canals, historical houses, museums, cosmopolitan structure and entertaining and tolerant atmosphere it offers to its visitors, it is one of the cities that attract the most tourists in the world and that Turks want to see the most. There are so many places to visit and see in Amsterdam that it is uncountable! In this article, I will talk about interesting information about the city that you probably have never heard before and that will surprise you, rather than these places to visit in Amsterdam. Here are some interesting facts about Amsterdam that you’ve probably never heard of before!

Amsterdam, a city built on a swamp

Yes, you heard right, almost a large part of Amsterdam is built on water and swamps. All of those cute houses we saw in Amsterdam are supported by poles as they were built on this unstable ground. For example, did you know that Central Station stands on approximately 6,000 poles? Considering that there are 5-10 poles in each house on average, it is possible to say that Amsterdam stands with more than 10 million poles!

Amsterdam, the city with the lowest sea level in Europe

Did you know that Amsterdam is the lowest city in Europe and most of the city is below sea level? This actually applies to the whole of the Netherlands, as about a quarter of the country lies below sea level. For example, in Amsterdam, one fourth of the city could be under water if there were no embankments holding the sea at the edge of the city. To give a striking example, even Schipol Airport, where you first set foot in the city of Amsterdam, is 4.5 meters below sea level!

Multicultural, multilingual and LGBT friendly Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. People of 175 nationalities are said to live in the city, and their ratio to the total population was approximately 22% in 2016. Considering that there are 194 officially recognized countries in the world, it is possible to call Amsterdam a small world. So much so that after having your breakfast in a French cafe, you can go and shave with a Turkish barber, have your lunch in a Lebanese restaurant and sip your drink in an Australian bar. Due to the city’s proximity to Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and France, the majority of the city’s population speaks more than one language. English and German are the most spoken foreign languages. Even with a very simple English, you can easily tour Amsterdam on your own. Amsterdam is also the world’s first capital to allow LGBT marriage.

Cycling paradise Amsterdam

Bicycles are one of the first sights that come to mind when you think of Amsterdam, because Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. Since the structure of the city is very suitable for bicycle use and the use of cars is not encouraged, approximately 60% of the city population uses bicycles on a daily basis. Namely, while the population of Amsterdam is around 800 thousand on average, there are about 1 million bicycles in the city! Although there is a danger of accident for those who are not used to it, it is actually the place where the most reliable bicycle use in the world is. The length of the bike paths is more than 3500 km. Of course, it is inevitable for a place that is a bicycle paradise to be a bicycle cemetery. According to the information given by the authorities, thousands of scrap bicycles are removed from the Amsterdam canals every year.

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Smoking is prohibited, marijuana and hashish are legal and sex work is allowed

While smoking is prohibited in cafes and restaurants in Amsterdam, the state has made it legal to buy and consume low-volume marijuana and hashish for personal use in cafes they call coffeeshop. It is also forbidden to drink alcohol in these coffeeshops. We can say that coffee shops are the second most famous “bad” places in Amsterdam, after the so-called Red Ligh District. Now let’s come to the story of the Red Light District.

This neighborhood is the world’s most famous brothel, where legal sex work is practiced in the country and its reputation has already crossed the country’s borders. Most brothels here have a window overlooking the neighborhood, and women who do this job legally, under the conditions set by the state, try to lure their customers in these windows. Although this neighborhood is famous for this aspect, it is one of the safest and most touristic places in the city. In fact, the Oude Kerk church, which is the most important church of the city, is located in the middle of this neighborhood. The main reason why the government has made both coffee shops and sex work so legal is that it wants to set its own rules and control them.

Amsterdam is one of the safest and most livable cities in the world.

Imagine a city where people from 175 nationalities can live and offer such freedom to its residents, but this city should also be one of the safest cities in the world. Yes, you heard right, because the crime rate in Amsterdam is much less than in any European capital, which makes it one of the safest and most livable cities in the world.

Amsterdam, city of canals and bridges

Did you know that the length of the canals in Amsterdam is 100 km? Although the canals in Venice are slightly more numerous than Amsterdam, Amsterdam is at least as cool as Venice with its 165 magnificent canals and more than 1500 bridges and 90 islands accompanying these canals! By the way, let’s also say that the number of bridges that you can see all over the city in Amsterdam, on which you can take Instagram photos, is exactly 3 times more than in Venice. Bridges are definitely one of the first few things that come to mind when Amsterdam is mentioned, as they number 1500.

Amsterdam’s Boat Houses

We said that Amsterdam is the city of canals. These canals began to serve not only transportation but also other purposes when their lengths reached 100 km by wrapping all over the city. One of them is the houseboats, the number of which reaches 3000 today. These houses, which started to be used especially after the Second World War due to the lack of housing in the city, were mostly preferred by the poor and students at that time. Because living in these boat houses, which do not have electricity or sewerage connection yet, was not a preferred situation. However, later on, especially in the 60s and 70s, when more modern boat houses were started to be built and electricity problems began to be eliminated, the situation began to reverse.

Finally, with the regulation made in 2005, the connection of all boat houses to the sewerage was made compulsory. Today, we can say that the wealthy of the city live in these boat houses. How much do you think the price of the boat house above shown by our guide during the canal tour? Let’s just say 2.1 Million Euros! In other words, it is more than 8 million Turkish liras in Turkish money. That’s why I think those who have a boat house in Amsterdam rather than their grandfather’s land are more lucky. J By the way, let’s also mention that these boat houses are not allowed to roam the canal and they have to anchor in a certain place.

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Coffee lovers in Amsterdam

Did you know that the residents of Amsterdam are among the people who consume the most coffee in the world? In fact, it is said that Amsterdam people rank second after Scandinavian countries in coffee consumption. According to statistics, at least 3-4 cups of coffee are consumed per person per day in Amsterdam.

The only cat boat in the world is in Amsterdam

Did you know that the Poezenboot in Amsterdam is the first and only cat boat in the world? Located on the Singel canal to the west of Central Station in Amsterdam, the Poezenboot cat boat is a volunteer-run boat that hosts homeless cats and is unique in the world. The Poezenboot, whose story first began in 1968, when the kindhearted woman Henriette van Weelde bought a boat for the needy cats that could no longer fit in her home, is the world’s first cat boat that has an official status and is operated by volunteers. The boat is also a frequent destination for cat-loving Amsterdam residents and tourists. When you go to Amsterdam, you can visit our cute cat friends at Poezenboot and even buy cute t-shirts for support purposes. The boat is closed on Wednesday and Sunday, other days at 13:

You can visit between 00-15:00. Poezenboot Address: The Catboat, Singel 38.G 1015 AB Amsterdam.

Interesting Facts About Amsterdam

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Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Dogger, “Amsterdam’s oldest houseboat” with a history of 134 years, was removed from the Prinsengracht Canal

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Dogger, “Amsterdam's oldest houseboat” with a history of 134 years, was removed from the Prinsengracht Canal.

Built in 1865, the Dogger was a vessel that carried potable water to Amsterdam’s breweries before being placed on the Prinsengracht Canal in 1888. According to current owner Jeroen Elsen, the Dogger is uninsurable in its current form and cannot be transported along the canal due to its size.

Elsen, the owner of the Dogger, which was first pulled out of the water in 134 years, said the houseboat would likely sink if it remained in place, blocking boat traffic on the Prinsengracht. In an interview with Het Parool, Elsen said, “We are talking about a 96-tonne mass of steel and concrete. If it sinks, it will sink until the middle of the channel and block the passage. Then I will have huge problems.” said.

While some locals regret that they will no longer be able to see this piece of history in Amsterdam’s canals, others are glad that this rusty image is left behind. After the Dogger is dismantled, some parts will go to the landfill, but Elsen emphasizes that he will keep some parts of the boat because they are historically interesting.

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According to the statement made by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM), the number of positive cases in the Netherlands has increased. RIVM stated in its statement that it could be the beginning of the expected autumn wave.

RIVM announced that 12,269 positive cases have been detected in the last seven days. This figure was the highest weekly number of cases since 13 August. Compared to the previous week, an increase of 39 percent was recorded.

The RIVM recorded a total of 2,614 positive tests Monday through Tuesday across the Netherlands. This is the highest daily figure since 3 August. In Amsterdam, 94 new cases were recorded the other day.

“We are still waiting for an autumn wave,” Dutch virologists explained.

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Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.

Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.

According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.

A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.

The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.

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