People & culture in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an international city with a rich history and a highly diverse population from 180 different backgrounds enjoying a broad range of arts and culture. Find more information about the city’s people, history, society and cultural life.

Amsterdam’s people

The city of Amsterdam can look back on a long and interesting history, and today it prides itself on a rich cultural life and a diverse population. The people who live here, the people who work here, the people who study here and the people who visit here are what makes Amsterdam vibrant and multi-faceted.

Amsterdam's people and culture

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, Edwin van Eis

History & society

From its humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village on a river bed to its current role as a major hub for business, tourism and culture, Amst...
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My Amsterdam: Interviews with locals

Learn more about what life is like in Amsterdam directly from people who've already made the move. Amsterdam international profiles introduces you to ...
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Amsterdam expats Zuidas

Top ten reasons to love Amsterdam

Ask anyone who is not a local why they moved to Amsterdam, and you will usually get one of two answers: work or love. Ask them why they chose to stay ...
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180 Amsterdammers

180 Amsterdammers

In 2016, the city of Amsterdam celebrated its diversity by mapping all of the 180 nationalities that live within its boundaries, photographing and lis...
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Concertgebouw Amsterdam Leander Lammertink

Amsterdam’s cultural life

Don’t be fooled by Amsterdam’s village-like charm: this is a European capital and as such offers an exciting art, music, film and theatre scene.
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Amsterdam bikes

Active population

Amsterdam is an active city, with the majority of the population leading a healthy lifestyle, regularly incorporating activity into their daily lives....
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Diversity in the city

Amsterdam’s unique character and culture have been shaped by its diversity. People from across Europe – and the world – have made th...
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Amsterdam Ons Lieve Heer op Solder Marie-Charlotte Pezé

Religion & spirituality

Since the Second World War, several waves of immigration have introduced many faiths to Amsterdam. Post-colonial immigrants from Indonesia, Suriname a...
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Pocket guide to Dutch culture

Get a head start in Dutch culture by learning about some common personality traits, social customs and cultural rituals unique to the Netherlands.
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Facts & figures

Have a look at the list below for interesting and unexpected facts and figures about Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam's Japanese community

Amsterdam is home to a thriving Japanese community – one of the largest of the region’s international communities – and there is a w...
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