Amsterdam by Topic

ARTS

See video from Spencer Tunick’s nude photo shoot in Amsterdam in 2007 by clicking here.

CRIME

Read about the BIBOB law (2003) that refuses permits or contracts to entities or people with dubious integrity, such as some brothel or coffee shop license holders.

CYCLING

Here’s a website that lists several cycling routes around Amsterdam.

HISTORY

The Canon van Amsterdam is the best Dutch-language site out there about Amsterdam’s history with great images. It’s worth running through a translator just to read it.

Great general knowledge about Dutch history, its unique landscape, and even why the bicycle is so prominent can be found here.

HOUSE BOATS (WOONBOOTEN)

This site is in Dutch, but click here to find a nice synopsis of Amsterdam’s houseboat heritage (run it through Google translate).

INFORMATION

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ English pages has clear statistics and data on history, culture, government, issues, and life in the Netherlands. The “You and the Netherlands” link is especially handy to visitors.

LANGUAGE

Learn useful Dutch phrases and cultural facts online with Dutch Word of the Day.

NEWS

Check the “News” drop-down menu on the Amsterdamsel homepage’s right sidebar menu for categories of interest and current, topical news items from global news sources.

Finance buff? Read Reuters writer Greg Roumeliotis’ blog about Dutch investment and commerce.

POLITICS

Click here for a website in Dutch that clearly breaks down political parties in the Netherlands, along with the political system.

WATER

You can find a good explanation in English (sort of) about Amsterdam management of its canals by clicking here.

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