When people ask me about home, I always refer to Amsterdam. Even though “home” is not always a specific nor physical place, and people often describe it as a feeling, I am really happy that I feel like Amsterdam is my “home”. I was born and raised here, and I really wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
The other day, when I was enjoying my regular stroll through the Jordaan, I was thinking about the city’s rich history and interesting little facts. And even though I am not much of a number geek in general, I’ve always found numbers about my dear Amsterdam truly very fascinating. So, I thought I’d share some of them with you folks.
- The Dam (a nickname for my beloved city) counted a total of 862.965 inhabitants in 2019. Whereas in 2009, it counted “only” 755,605 inhabitants. Guess you could say that I’m not the only one who lost my heart to the city. 😉
- The Dutch and their bicycles: it’s an everlasting love story. As I’ve told you before, Amsterdam even counts more bicycles than inhabitants. There are 881,000 two-wheelers to be a little more specific and 63% of the city’s inhabitants (above the age of 12) cycle on a daily basis. And above that, what I’d call quite impressive is that all “Amsterdammers” combined cycle a distance of 2 million kilometers daily!
- Can’t stop, won’t stop biking. The translation of paddle boats in Dutch is “waterfietsen”, litterally: “water bicycles” . The city counts a little more than 120 of them.
- From one kind of transportation to another, the great public transportation of Amsterdam welcomes a number of 747,000 persons daily.
- The heart of my beloved city is also called the “grachtengordel” (canal district). It counts more than 7,000 monumental buildings.
- And another kind of Dutch housing are “woonbooten” (houseboats). the city currently counts a little over 2,500 of them.
- The canal district is more than 100 km of canals. Not too shabby for a relatively small city, right?
- And on these 100 km, there are a total of 80 (often) beautiful bridges to be seen. In total, Amsterdam is second on the list of cities with the most bridges, right after Hamburg. Yes, you read it right, it’s not Venice.
- Furthermore, Amsterdam is home to over 180 different nationalities and therefore can be called a melting pot.
- And even though the stereotype might suggest a different number, there 8 eight windmills to be found in Amsterdam. However, just outside my city, in the country side, you can spot a lot more of these beautiful buildings, like at the Zaanse Schans for instance.
- Even though the city can be a little packed at some places, we did make a lot of space for some green and nature in the city, as there are a total of 40 different parks that makes for a great escape from the dynamic city buzz.
- And finally, one of the things that I genuinely appreciate about my city is the great number of cultural venues. For instance, there are 55 theatres and concert venues and 75 museums in Amsterdam. These museums have a total of 22 paintings of Rembrandt and 207(!) paintings of Van Gogh on display. And if that’s not really up your alley, one of the 38 markets in Amsterdam probably will. I said it before and I’ll say it again: there is truly always something exciting to do, see or experience around here. The numbers don’t lie. 😉