How many people drown in Amsterdam’s canals?

One quarter of Amsterdam — ‘the Venice of the North — consists of water, including 100 kilometers (60 miles) of canals.

So it is not surprising that the city sees a number of drowning incidents each year.

What may come as a surprise, though, is the reason many of these victims end up in the water.

Updated to include the latest statistics.

Amsterdam Light Festival 2016-2017

Amsterdam doesn’t do Christmas well. But it does have the annual Amsterdam Light Festival — a fantastic winter event that combines light, art and — of course — water.

Now in its fifth year, the Amsterdam Light Festival has quickly become a very popular attraction. Last winter it drew 850.000 visitors — 100.000 more than in the year before.

Advance ticket sales promise another record for the 2016-2017 version.