Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is one of the most colorful cities in Europe. It is a major working area of Suomi JARI House, not least because Jari Einiö knows the city very well. He is the designated guide for people who not only want an introduction to the cultural history of Amsterdam, but also to the daily live of its inhabitants.

The city of Amsterdam has almost 800.000 inhabitants, half of a non-Western background. The town originated in the Middle Ages near a dam at the mouth of the river Amstel. Around 1300 the settlement received town rights of the Count of Holland. In the seventeenth century Amsterdam belonged to Europe's major cities. It was at that time – the Golden Age of the Netherlands –an intercontinental commercial metropolis with many contacts in Asia and America. After a period of economic downturn, Amsterdam flourished in the nineteenth and twentieth century again. Of this also benefited the area around the city. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, including the new town of Almere (founded in 1975), currently has 2.3 million inhabitants.

Amsterdam is well known among tourists because of the canals around the city center which is now on the Unesco World Heritage Site. The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Hermitage Amsterdam are also main attractions. Many visitors come to the city because of its reputation of tolerance towards people who have a more or less alternative way of life. On different places in the city the slogan ‘Sex, drugs and rock and roll’ is given content in a special way.

Suomi House JARI can introduce this cosmopolitan Amsterdam to you by its ‘Hidden Amsterdam’ tour, cooking workshops or the guidance of various customized excursions. The Almere City Center Tour in 'new town' Almere is an introduction to the eastern part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. For more information see: Products.