As a key cultural and intellectual center in western Europe, Amsterdam provides an ideal environment for academic study. Amsterdam attracts students from all over the Netherlands and beyond.
The inhabitants of Amsterdam - Amsterdammers - are easy-going and welcoming to foreigners. English is the city's unofficial second language. It is easy to find Anglophone bookstores, TV channels, restaurant menus, library resources and cultural activities.
Amsterdam is a colorful and lively city. With some 800,000 inhabitants (as compared to London's 7.5 million and Paris's 10 million), it has all the advantages of a major metropolitan center while retaining a cozy, small-scale feel.
Amsterdam boasts beautiful architecture and over 150 canals, lending the city its characteristic shape and atmosphere. It is full of museums, art galleries, theatres, concert halls and many lovely parks, which serve as the inhabitants’ gardens in summer. The city is home to world famous music, opera, theatre and dance companies, as well as many internationally recognized visual artists.
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