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

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...

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...

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.

Active population

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

Diversity in the city

Amsterdam has been witnessing a great increase in diversity from ethnic minorities as well as residents from Europe and abroad, ultimately contributin...

Religion & spirituality

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