417th Anniversary of the Amsterdam Exchange
This year, the Amsterdam exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world, celebrates its 417th anniversary. Euronext celebrates this special occasion together with Stichting Capital Amsterdam, the Netherlands Economic Historic Archive (NEHA), and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). To celebrate this Jessica Dijkman, secretary of NEHA sounds the gong.
In Dutch exchange history, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) plays a key role. In 1602, it was the first company to go to the exchange, which makes it the founder of the first stock exchange: the Amsterdam exchange. The first initial public offering was no standalone event. Another important innovation preceded it: the invention of the modern company - the limited liability company - by this very VOC.