We investigate the NIR spectra of 24 Seyfert galaxies observed with the instrument SpeX at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (ITRF) in the short cross-dispersed mode. The results of the spectral synthesis fitting procedure are presented and discussed in details by Riffel et al. (2009). The approach followed here is based on the starlight code (see Cid Fernandes et al. 2005). The spectral synthesis shows that the NIR continuum of active galaxies can be explained in terms of at least three components: a non-thermal continuum, dust emission, and the stellar population of the circumnuclear region. The study of the stellar population is a critical step in the analysis of the continuum emission of Seyfert galaxies. Moreover, our results are consistent with the predictions of the unified model for AGNs, as the non-thermal continuum and the hot dust emission are present in all Sy 1 sources and only in a small fraction of the Sy 2s. Regarding the stellar population component, our results point to a mean metallicity solar to above solar, if we consider the light-weighted values, while for the mass-weighted mean metallicity our results indicate a sub-solar value. We associate this discrepancy with the well known age–metallicity degeneracy: i.e., for a fixed mass, a high-metallicity stellar population looks cooler — and older — than a low-metallicity population, thus resulting in a higher M/L ratio. Moreover, this is consistent with a galaxy chemical enrichment scenario in which the young population is enriched by the evolution of the early massive stars. In this context, the light-weighted metallicity is more sensitive to the young component, while the mass-weighted metallicity to the old stellar population.