Interesting Facts About Amsterdam
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.
Interesting Facts About Amsterdam
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.
Interesting Facts About Amsterdam
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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Amsterdam ‘fietsflat’ bike parking lot closed
The underwater bike park at Amsterdam Centraal marked the end of an era.
,This week, the old fietsflat parking lot at Stationsplein has closed its doors forever and it has been announced that people have until February 24 to pick up their bikes. It has been announced that the old parking lot will be open every day from 7 am to 7 pm for those who will buy their bikes. It was also stated that the bicycles not received by the deadline will be taken to the Bicycle Depot (Fietsdepot) of the municipality.
Fietsflat, meaning “bike flat”, was located to the west of the main station building. This structure was opened in 2001 and was designed as a temporary solution for passengers who use public transport and need a place to park their bikes.
More than 20 years after it opened its doors, on 30 January fietsflat officially closed, taking with it around 2,500 parking spaces for bicycles. This closure was more than compensated by the addition of two new parking spaces to the station. One of the new parking spaces is known to hold 7,000 bikes under Stationsplein (opened on 26 January) and the other at Ijboulevard (opening 14 February) for 4,000.
According to the municipality’s statement, Fietsflat stood out as an iconic building that captures Amsterdam as a bicycle city in a single image and is therefore frequently photographed by tourists. Although cyclists will no longer be able to use this building, the fietsflat will not be demolished any time soon, and the municipality will keep the building in case additional spaces are needed.
15 Buildings Seized in Money Laundering Investigation in the Netherlands
On the morning of Tuesday (January 31st), police arrested three people suspected of involvement in money laundering and drug trafficking, and said they would later be prosecuted.
These three men were arrested at their home in Berkel en Rodenrijs and The Hague. In addition to the arrests, fifteen houses were seized in The Hague, Rotterdam, Berkel en Rodenrijs, Hoogvliet, Nootdorp and Den Bosch.
The value of the confiscated properties is estimated at around 11,000,000 euros. The police launched an investigation into the money laundering crimes of the three suspects who were taken into custody. The suspects are known to be 23, 51 and 52 years old. In addition to the value of the properties, the agents seized a large number of valuables during the investigations carried out inside the properties. The government can join forces with the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the administration to achieve a more effective result against organized crime.
These crimes are carried out as money laundering because the source of illegally obtained money is hidden in criminal activities such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, theft, social and tax fraud. For this reason, money laundering investigations are never considered the end of the case, but the starting point, and in this case, the investigation will continue without slowing down.
Hundreds of Muslims in the Netherlands protested the tearing of the Quran
In the Dutch city of Den Haag, hundreds of Muslims protested the attacks on the Quran by marching.
A large number of Muslims participated in the demonstration called “Stand up against Muslim hatred” organized by the Federation of Islamic Organizations (FIO) and the Union of Islamic Organizations of the Haaglanden District (SIORH).
Protesters gathered in Orange Square in The Hague and marched to Koekamp Square, where the demonstration was held.
Protesters shouted takbir, holding a banner “Stop Muslim hatred. The Qur’an is a manifesto of peace for humanity. Haters should get their hands on it”.
Tahsin Çetinkaya, President of the Turkish-Islamic Culture Foundation, a member of SIORH, who read the press release at the demonstration, said that the hatred of Muslims in the Netherlands had reached a new level.
Stating that it has become normal to hold grudges against Muslims in Dutch society, Çetinkaya said, “Muslims, mosques and other Islamic organizations have been facing various acts of hatred for years.
Noting that the government remained silent on this situation, Çetinkaya said, “We see that the seeds of hatred against Muslims have not stopped yet because of this reprehensible attitude of politicians.
Politicians must now take responsibility for such terrible provocative events and their effects.” Stating that Muslims living in the Netherlands are a part of the country, Çetinkaya said, “Now enough is enough.
Stop holding grudges against Muslims and Islam.” After the speeches, prayers were performed and verses from the Qur’an were read.
No one was allowed to approach Rasmus Paludan, who burned the Quran under police protection in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm on January 21, in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
Many Muslim countries, especially Turkey, reacted to the Swedish government’s permission to burn the Qur’an in Paludan. Kerim was on fire.
Edwin Wagensveld, leader of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) movement in the Netherlands, tore the Quran in The Hague. attacks are protested.
In the Netherlands, the re-implementation of conscription is discussed
CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra has called for 18-year-olds to choose between “military service or social service”, saying it’s time to reintroduce conscription as the Armed Forces in the Netherlands faces a noticeable staff shortage.
Demanding that 200,000 young people join the armed forces or do some social work each year, Hoekstra said, “Security, democracy and a strong society are not free. Sacrifices must be made for these.” he speaks.
World’s first 3d bridge in Amsterdam to be removed soon
The “bridge made with 3D printing technology” at Stoofsteeg in the Red Light District (Rosse Buurt) will be removed soon.
It was said from the beginning that the bridge would be temporary. The original bridge, “Stoofbrug”, was removed in 2019 for renovations and was replaced by a temporary bridge made with 3D printing technology, opened by Queen Máxima in July 2021.
The reason for the immediate removal of the bridge is; the permission of the bridge to expire on 27 November 2022. The news site AT5 wrote that the time extension application was rejected.
Killed and two injured in knife attack in Delft, Netherlands
A 33-year-old woman was stabbed to death on Sunday in Delft.
The other two victims were hospitalized. Police have arrested a suspect and are continuing their investigation.
The incident occurred at around 11:00 am in Frederik van Eedenlaan. The injured are a 57-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man.
Police have yet to say what the cause is. The victim died at the scene. The 31-year-old suspect was arrested by Belgian police after a chase near Antwerp.
Black screens installed at Frederik van Eedenlaan in Delft. Forensic Medicine teams are investigating the crime scene.
Counterfeit currency circulation increased in the Netherlands
More counterfeit euro notes were seized in the Netherlands in 2022 than in the previous year. DNB states that two-thirds of these notes are bad imitations.
Although 50 euro banknotes have been the most frequently counterfeited internationally in recent years, the majority of counterfeit money seized in the Netherlands consists of 100 and 200 euro banknotes. The number of counterfeit coins seized in 2022 increased compared to the previous year. According to De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), the vast majority of counterfeit money consists of badly forged banknotes.
According to the information obtained, 38,200 counterfeit euro banknotes were seized last year, increasing by 47 percent compared to the previous year.
According to the DNB, there are currently 29 billion euro banknotes in circulation, and the chances of finding counterfeit ones in such high amounts are very low. However, the institution, which recently stated that most of the counterfeit money is of bad quality, states that they are noticed more quickly in this way.
In 2020 and 2021, when the corona pandemic was experienced in the Netherlands, the number of counterfeit banknotes was much lower than in previous years. The main reason for this is that citizens prefer the contactless payment option to go out less and prevent the risk of contamination. The number of counterfeit money seized in 2019 was around 39 thousand.
Badly forged banknotes
The DNB states that the counterfeit notes seized last year are of very poor quality and only forge some of the security features of an original note. The bank states that this makes it easier to spot counterfeit money. According to the DNB, nearly two-thirds of the counterfeit notes seized last year were of very poor quality.
Detecting counterfeit money
Some parts of the coin must be carefully examined to determine if a banknote is counterfeit, albeit low in quality.
Counterfeit coins often lack security features such as watermarks and holograms. Apart from the manual touch examination, it is also possible to check whether the DNB is fake through an application used on smartphones.
Warning not to use Emtea, the slimming tea sold on social media in the Netherlands
NVWA; He warned that the slimming tea Emtea, which contains dangerous substances for human health, should not be used.
Dutch Food and Consumer Safety Authority NVWA warned that Emtea tea, which is used for weight loss, contains substances dangerous for health and should definitely not be used.
Speaking to NPO Radio 1 about the teas in question, NVWA official Martin Kooijman said, “It is stated on the label that it contains very natural and harmless substances, but we are receiving reports that people who use these products have problems with anxiety, high pulse and high blood pressure.” said.
Emtea slimming tea looks like an ordinary tea bag and although it appears to be natural and green plants on the outside, it actually contains harmful substances. Kooijman stated that those who use this tea are playing with their own health, and that it actually contains a substance called “sibutramine”, which was removed from the European market in 2010.
The sale of sibutramine, which was previously used as a drug, was stopped by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2010. Studies have shown that 10-30 percent of ‘healthy’ people who use sibutramine (10-30 mg/day) develop complaints of dizziness, insomnia and dry mouth. In addition, excessive use is suspected to have strong cardiac effects.
It is stated that teas are usually sold through social media platforms Facebook or SnapChat. Kooijman, who stated that it was understood that it was also sold through Markplaats, added: “Another thing that surprises us is that it is spreading by word of mouth.” said. The NVWA official stated that an investigation has been initiated on this issue.
One person died
In a warning made in 2016, it was stated that the use of Emtea slimming teas is popular among Turks. In the same year, a young woman died of a heart attack due to the slimming tea she used. Side Effects Center Lareb and NVIC (poisoning information center) institutions, on the other hand, announced that the complaints of people who experienced serious side effects such as “fear, high heartbeat, high blood pressure, nausea and dizziness” increased.
In the same period, NVWA, which published a statement in Turkish about the teas that were stated to be used especially among Turks, drew attention to the fact that this product was sold by vendors going door to door outside of social media.
In 2017, two people who were selling these teas on social media platforms were detained.
Netherlands seeks solutions to staff shortage at Schipol airport
Schiphol Airport is expecting more than 1,300 visitors to the job fair it will hold at the airport today to recruit much-needed additional personnel.
Around 50 employers, including large handling companies such as Swissport and Aviapartner, will attend the event and provide information about open positions. Those wishing to attend the job fair can register in advance.
During the busy May holidays and summer season Schiphol may have to limit the number of daily departures. Because the airport still lacks hundreds of employees.
Last month, Schiphol hinted that the restrictions would no longer be necessary after March if the targeted number of staff were recruited. The passenger limit has been in effect since July last year. This practice was initiated due to the shortage of security personnel in Schiphol. From the May holiday this resulted in long queues, sometimes extending beyond the departure hall.
Applications that those who will give birth in the Netherlands should know
It is recommended that you make an appointment with a midwife or obstetrician as soon as you find out that you are pregnant.
In general, pregnant women in the Netherlands are able to visit their midwife / obstetrician every four weeks during the first half of their pregnancy. Usually, the number of appointments increases towards the end of pregnancy.
Dutch health insurance companies usually only reimburse two of the ultrasounds. You can have your first ultrasound exam around week 10 (termijnecho) of your pregnancy, and the second around week 20 (20-wekenecho).
For a long time, home birth was a popular option for pregnant women in the Netherlands, but the number of home births is decreasing. Besides giving birth at home, you can also deliver your baby in a birth center or hospital. You can make the decision that suits you best in consultation with your doctor.
The Netherlands takes great pride in its postnatal care system. In the Netherlands, postpartum care is called “kraamzorg” and is country-specific. A kraamzorg nurse checks on you and your baby every day and also takes care of basic household chores. Legally, you are entitled to kraamzorg for a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 80 hours.
After giving birth, you must register your child with the municipal civil affairs department in the local municipality. You must do this within three days of your child’s birth. A birth certificate will then be issued for your child.
If you have a job in the Netherlands and are pregnant, you are legally entitled to at least 16 weeks of paid maternity leave (6 weeks zwangerschapsverlof, 10 weeks)
bevallingsverlof). Partners of mothers who have just given birth are legally entitled to one working week of paid leave (geboorteverlof). From 1 July 2020, mothers’ spouses can receive an additional 5 weeks of aanvullend geboorteverlof. It is free.