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Why were the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam strongly criticised by Vatican?
Women were allowed to participate in athletic competitions. The decision to include women in athletic competitions was widely criticised not only by the majority of the sport community, but also by Vatican.
What was the previous name of New York city?
New Amsterdam. In 1625 the Dutch established the Nieuw Amsterdam housing estate in Manhattan. The English won it in 1664 and renamed it New York. In 1673, the Dutch again regained the city, but gave the English a year later in exchange for the recognition of the rights to Suriname.
Which airline is the world’s oldest one to still be using its original name?
KLM was founded in 1919. Operations stopped during World War II apart from the operations in the Dutch Antilles. The airline is the "Oldest operating airline", but with the 2004 merge with Air France some dispute whether KLM should still hold the crown. QANTAS, founded in 1920, is dubbed "Oldest continuously operating airline".
In the Middle Ages large areas of the Netherlands were flooded by the sea. What was the reason?
Peat extraction. Most of the areas below sea level are man-made, caused by centuries of extensive and poorly controlled peat extraction, lowering the surface by several meters. Even in flooded areas, peat extraction continued through turf dredging.
What nationality was Martin Van Buren?
American. Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States. 'Van' suggests Dutch origin of his surname, but the capitalized form indicates anglicised version - like Eddie Van Halen (as opposite to Dutch lower-case Vincent van Gogh).
Which river flows through Amsterdam?
Amstel. The name Amsterdam is derived from “Amstelredamme”, meaning “a dam on the Amstel river”
Where is the headquarters of Greenpeace located?
In Amsterdam. Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization founded in 1971 with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It states its goal is to "ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity" and focuses its campaigning on worldwide issues such as climate change, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling, genetic engineering, and anti-nuclear issues.