The Netherlands

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Location: Western Europe

Bordering Countries: Germany, Belgium

Capital City: Amsterdam

Other Main Cities: Rotterdam, Eindhoven, The Hague, Utrecht, Tilburg, Groningen, Gouda, Haarlem, Maastricht, Delft, Leiden

Language(s): Dutch

Population: 17 million+

Religion: Agnostic/Atheism (49%), Roman Catholic (28%), Protestant (19%), Other (11%)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

National Airlines: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Known for: Amsterdam, lakes, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s House, bikes, greenery, architecture, tulips, canals, Gouda cheese, windmills, wooden clogs, Red Light Disrict, beer, Dutch painters, Delftware, stroopwafel, Heineken factory, edam, Anne Frank

Celebrations and Festivals: Carnival (Maastricht), Opening of Keukenhof Gardens (Lisse), Stille Omgang/Silent Walk, Boomfestdag/Tree Festival, Bloemencorso/Flower Parade  (Noordwijk to Haarlem), Konigsdag/King’s Day (Amsterdam), Nationale Molendag/National Mill’s Day, The Hague Festival, Vlaggetjesdag/Flag Day (Scheveningen) Grachtenloop/Canal Run (Haarlem), Pinkpop Festival (Laandgraf), Zomercarnaval/Summer Carnival (Rotterdam), North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam), Gay Pride Parade (Amsterdam), Grachtenfestival/Canal Festival (Amsterdam),

Fun Facts…

  • Holland and The Netherlands are not the same place as many may think. Holland is largely the western coastal region of the Netherlands, comprising of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Leiden and the Hague
  • The Netherlands was the first country to legalise same sex marriage (2001)
  • Gin originates from The Netherlands and was used for medical purposes in the 16th century
  • The Dutch are the tallest people in the world
  • There are more than 4000km of canals, lakes and rivers
  • In The Netherlands, the average person drinks put 74 litres of beer in a single year
  • The Dutch have the lowest rate of lactose intolerance at 1%
  • After the Scandinavians, the Dutch drink the most coffee in the world, and average of 3.2 cups a day
  • 86% of the Dutch population speak English fluently as there second language
  • Approximately 30% of Dutch births happen at home
  • The famous tulips and tulip fields in The Netherlands do no originate from the country. They were first imported from Turkey.
  • The Netherlands is home to approximately 1000 museums
  • Orange is the official colour of the Netherlands
  • Even though soft drugs are legal in The Netherlands, you ill almost never see a Dutch person get high