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Amsterdam is the (titular) capital of the Netherlands. The city, also called Mokum in Amsterdam (from Yiddish), is located in the province of North Holland, on the IJ, the North Sea Canal and the mouth of the Amstel. The municipality of Amsterdam is the largest municipality in the Netherlands in terms of population and has 905,234 inhabitants.. Greater Amsterdam has 1,459,402 inhabitants. The number of different nationalities in the municipality (in 2007: 177) is among the highest in the world.
Amsterdam owes its name to its location near a dam in the Amstel, built in the 13th century. The town received city rights shortly after 1300, became a place of pilgrimage in 1345 due to the Miracle of Amsterdam and grew into one of the most important port and trading cities in the world in the Golden Age. An influx of foreigners, mainly from the Southern Netherlands, Germany and the Scandinavian countries, led to urban expansion from the end of the 16th century, including the last canals of the fortification that is now known as the Canal Belt and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.
Sights and attractions in Amsterdam are the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and The Maritime Museum, the Anne Frank House, the Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and EYE Filmmuseum, Artis zoo, the Red Light District, the coffee shops and the Johan Cruijff Arena. The city has two universities and several colleges.