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Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands,
The current position of Amsterdam as capital city of the Kingdom
of the Netherlands,
The name Amsterdam is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative
of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century.
Dutch culture, or the culture of the Netherlands, is varied, reflecting regional differences as well
as the overseas influences gratitude to the merchant and exploring strength of the Dutch and
the invasion of immigrants. The Netherlands and Dutch people have played a significant role for
centuries as an ethnically open-minded and tolerant centre, with the Dutch Golden Age
regarded as the zenith.
The Netherlands is a very secular culture with more than 40% of the population sustains to
have no religious faith. The rest of the country is made up of 30% Roman Catholic, 20%
protestant and 10% other denominations.
The Netherlands has a rich element of artists in succession through its history as well as the
Dutch masters of the 17th century such as Rembrandt and Vermeer and of pathway, the
famous painters of the 19th century such as Vincent Van Gogh. These painters to this day are
considered to be of immense enormity to the history and development of Art.
Music in the Netherlands has a custom in Folk from the early 19th century significantly
influenced by Germany and Belgium. In more stylish era the Netherlands has become
synonymous with Eurodance and Trance music producing such bands as 2 Unlimited and the
venga boys and spawning DJ’s such as Armin Van Buuren and DJ Tiesto. There is also a large
following of Gothic metal music in The Netherlands with bands such as The Gathering, After
Forever and Epica all coming out of Holland.
Many visitors to The Netherlands are struck by the unexpected and straight nature of people
and sometimes incorrectly interpret it as rudeness. This mannerism takes some time to get
used to but is just a way of being surrounded by Dutch people and within the country is actually
considered as a optimistic trait.
External displays of wealth involving Dutch community are not common and there is an
emphasis within Dutch culture on financial equality that is reflected within earnings and tax
structures within the country. When either dinning out or drinking at a bar each person will
practically always pay their own part hence the worldwide used expression “going Dutch”.