constitutional capital of the Netherlands: seaport on an inlet of the IJsselmeer & a ship canal to the North Sea: pop. 724,000
The constitutional capital and largest city of the Netherlands, in the western part of the country. Linked to the North Sea by a ship canal, the city has an important stock exchange and is a major center of the diamond-cutting industry.
- A major Dutch port city in North-Holland, nominal capital of The Netherlands.
- The Dutch seat of government is not metropolis of Amsterdam but The Hague.