Amsterdam is "one of a kind," says publisher of new fact book

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The Atlas of Amsterdam, released in 2016 as an English version of De Bosatlas van Amsterdam . The Atlas of Amsterdam, released in 2016 as an English version of De Bosatlas van Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s status as a thriving, unique city has made it the perfect choice for a fact book profiling the Dutch capital. Its popularity with people from all over the world led the publisher of The Atlas of Amsterdam to , about 20 pages of which on the publisher's website. “In the Netherlands there is no place like Amsterdam. The capital is one of a kind,” says Maurice Aarts, manager of atlas publications at .

“It gives an overview of things people already know, combined with information that inhabitants do not know yet. Therefore, we believe that every true inhabitant of Amsterdam should have the Atlas of Amsterdam.”

It features interesting details about Amsterdam from the mundane to the unusual. Unsurprisingly, King’s Day and Sail are the two most popular festivals in the city, which has 350 such events every year. It is part of what drew over five million people who flew threw Amsterdam in 1970, a number that has grown ten-fold in 45 years.

And there’s one coffeeshop for every ten bridges in the capital, though restrictions on the 176 coffeeshops have gotten tighter over the years. There were 350 just 20 years earlier.

If you drive in the city, you are not alone. About 35 percent of all journeys in Amsterdam are by car. This has helped bring in over 168 million euros in parking revenue from all of the city's districts combined.

These districts are each profiled, before the writers go in-depth into each neighborhood in the city. The Dutch version of the book, De Bosatlas van Amsterdam, proved to be very popular, with over 30,000 copies sold since last fall.

Factor in Amsterdam’s ability to draw in foreign students, workers and tourists, and it became clear that the book had to be translated and released for English speakers. “The Atlas of Amsterdam is an attractive atlas for the many expats that are a part of Amsterdam,” Aarts says. “It is also a nice, memorable souvenir or gift for the thousands of tourists that visit Amsterdam throughout the year.”

Aarts feels lucky to be able to present the book to the public, he says with pride. The Atlas of Amsterdam retails for €29.95, and may be .  

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