Antwerpen is a city in Belgium. It’s the capital of Antwerp province in Flanders. With a population of 520,504, it is the most populous city proper in Belgium. Its metropolitan area houses around 1,200,000 people, coming in second behind Brussels. Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. It is about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Brussels and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) from the Dutch border. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 globally. Antwerpen was also the place of the world’s oldest stock exchange building, originally built in 1531 and re-built in 1872; it has been derelict since 1997.
Antwerpen has long been a famous city in the Low Countries, both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury(1576) in the Dutch Revolt. Today Antwerp is a major trade and cultural centre and is the world’s second most multi-cultural city (after Amsterdam) home to 170 nationalities. It’s also known as “the diamond capital of the world” for its large diamond district. The city hosted the 1920 Summer Olympics.
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