Moving To Amsterdam: Fun Facts And Figures

Founded in the late century, Amsterdam’s name originates from a dam on the Amstel River. The city is also often called the “Venice of the North”, due to its many canals.

SONY DSC

What do the three ‘x’s in Amsterdam mean? There are several theories of its origins, among which are two of them:

1) That is derived from the coast of arms of family Persijn.

SONY DSC

2) That the crosses stand for the 3 scourges that have hit Amsterdam in the history – water (flooding), fire and the plague.

Attention trivia buffs; the numbers are in, Amsterdam has over 2,500 houseboats, 654 gable stones and 8 windmills.

Amsterdam in Numbers

SONY DSC

Inhabitants – over 811,185

Inhabitants in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area – 2,332,773

Nationalities – 178

Bicycles – 881,000

Trees – 220,000

Flower bulbs in parks and public gardens – 600,000

Parks – 40

Trams – 216

Ferries routes – 9

Markets – 32

Shops – 6,159

Antique shops – 165

Diamond polishing factories – 24

Canals – 165

Bridges – 1,281

Wooden drawbridges – 8

Glass-topped canal boats and saloon boats – 110

Houseboats – 2,500

16th, 17th and 18th century buildings – 8,863

SONY DSC

Gable stones – 654

Royal Palace – 1

Statues and sculptures – 302

Windmills – 8

Museums – 75

Art galleries – 141

Paintings by Rembrandt – 22

Paintings by Van Gogh – 207

Was statues at Madame Tussauds – 140

SONY DSC

Types of animal at Artis Royal Zoo – 900

Historical church organs – 42

Concerts and theatrical performances per year –  9,000

Concerts and theatrical performances per day – 25

How impressive are these numbers to you?

Get insured

"It will never happen to me" said every person before it happened to them. Accidents happen at home and abroad. The difference is that they are usually more costly when you're in a foreign country. That's why travelling without insurance is a bad idea. There's just no excuse to put yourself in such a risk.

>>voice from the crowd<< Travel insurance is too expensive!

>>voice of the common sense<< If you can't afford travel insurance then you can't afford to travel.

Don't take chances and get yourself insured now. Check out our budget travel insurance page.

Tags from the story
, , ,
More from Agness Walewinder

Cycling in Beijing

Rumor has it…that there are one million bicycles in Beijing. In order...
Read More

19 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *