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I Amsterdam sign Removed

The "I amsterdam" letters have been removed from outside the Rijksmuseum in the Dutch capital, after they were accused of promoting mass tourism.

One of the hottest selfie spots in Amsterdam, the popular red and white letters were taken down by city authorities on Monday 3 December, amid claims they are too individualistic.

By removing them, the local government hopes to reduce tourist numbers in the square.


A message from the Consular Department

Every week consular staff of the Consulate General in Bondi Junction receives several phone calls and emails of Dutch citizens whose passports have expired and are in a hurry to travel to the Netherlands. Lately a lot of questions come in from elderly people who have migrated in the 50’s and would like to visit their birth country one more time to say a final good bye to loved ones.


Canal in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has more than one hundred kilometers of canals (grachten), about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel.

The three main canals (Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht), dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age and form part of the original history of the city.

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