Amsterdam has been my home town for more than 25 years. Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as the Dutch capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands though it is not the seat of the Dutch government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam has a population of about 840.000 within the city proper, 1.335.000 in the urban area and 1,600,000 in the metropolitan area. The city region has an approximate population of 2.431.000. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country, and is also North Holland’s largest city. It comprises much of the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million.