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Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands with a population of 872,680 within the city proper 1,380,872 in the urban area and 2,410,960 in the metropolitan area. Found within the province of North Holland, Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the "Venice of the North" attributed by the large number of canals which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha-world city by the Globalization and World Cities study group. The city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, including Philips, AkzoNobel, and ING. Also, many of the world's largest companies are based in Amsterdam or have established their European headquarters in the city, such as leading technology companies Uber, Netflix and Tesla. In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit and 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer. The city was ranked 4th place globally as top tech hub in the Savills Tech Cities 2019 report (2nd in Europe) and 3rd in innovation by Australian innovation agency 2thinknow in their Innovation Cities Index 2009.The Port of Amsterdam is the fifth largest in Europe. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the busiest airport in the Netherlands, and the third busiest in Europe. Famous Amsterdam residents include the diarist Anne Frank, artists Rembrandt and Van Gogh, and philosopher Baruch Spinoza.
Local attraction: Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Jordaan, Vondelpark, Dam Square, Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Rembrandt House Museum, The Botanical Gardens, Amsterdam Royal Zoo, Oude Kerk (Old Church), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Begijnhof, Jewish Historical Museum, Nieuwe Kerk, The National Monument, Kalverstraat and Vlooienmarkt, Amsterdam Museum, NEMO Science Museum, National Maritime Museum