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.

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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.


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


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


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

Wax statues at Madame Tussauds – 140

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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

See also  How It Feels to Be Back in Amsterdam

How impressive are these numbers to you?


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