AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

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Amsterdam has a long history of business and international trade -- from founding the world's first multinational corporation, the Dutch East India Company, to it's modern day flourishing economy. While The Hague may be the Netherlands' administrative capital, it is Amsterdam that is the genuine business centre. Much of this is owed to the city's encouragement of high-tech amenities and conference facilities, progressive telecommunications, and crucially, multilingual locals. The city's international business scene boomed between 1992 and 1999 when there was a large influx of foreign companies, mainly attracted by lower tax rates. This in turn resulted in rapid development of the Zuidas business district, home to ABN-Amro, ING Group and some world-class architecture.

Business travellers will usually arrive into the Netherland's largest international airport, Schiphol (promounced 'skipple') which is a convenient, one-terminal concept, user-friendly airport. From here it is an easy 20-minute train ride into Centraal Station, the city's main station and apex. Taxis into town from the airport are relatively expensive (€45 or so) and slow.

The Dutch are direct when it comes to business and rarely mix business with pleasure. Never be late for a meeting, as punctuality is key. Lunch is the preferred time for meetings.

Quick facts --
Country Code: 31
City Code: 20
Money: The Netherlands is in the Euro zone.
Voltage: 220V.
Time: The Netherlands is in Central European Time, Greenwich Mean Time plus one (Daylight Savings Time is observed from April to October).
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