|Amsterdam Stock Exchange|
|Headquarters||Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
The Amsterdam Stock Exchange opened in 1611 and is regarded as the world’s first organized stock market. The market formalized what had previously been a relatively informal trade in shares in the Dutch East India Company, which was seeking funds to continue its exploration and exploitation in the Far East.
In 1978, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange Association launched the European Options Exchange, the first options exchange in Europe and the second in the world. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange Association and the European Options Exchange merged in 1997, after the stock exchange abandoned its membership structure.