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As of 1 August 2006, the population of the city proper is 741,329; the population of the official Greater Amsterdam area is approximately 1.5 million. Amsterdam is also one of the core urban centres of the greater metropolitan area called "Randstad" (Ring City) which encompasses other Dutch cities such as Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam and has a population of over 7.5 million. Amsterdam is also colloquially known as Mokum, which means 'city' in Yiddish.

Amsterdam has one of the largest historic city centres in Europe, dating largely from the 17th century. At that time, a series of concentric, semi-circular canals ("grachten") were dug around the old city centre. Along the canals, houses and warehouses were built. The canals still define Amsterdam's layout and appearance today, with many fine houses and mansions situated along the banks. Some of the narrow brick houses are gradually sinking because they are built on wooden piles to cope with the marshy subsoil.

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History Amsterdam

Transport
Transport around Airport
Travel information Amsterdam
Transport in Amsterdam
Train travel planner

Tourism and Amsterdam
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www.iamsterdam.com
www.holland.com

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