50 Fascinating Facts about Netherlands

The Netherlands is a socially tolerant country in northwestern Europe bordered by Germany and Belgium. Dutch people as a whole, tend not to be fans of flashy behavior. If you are making lots of money, it is felt that much of it should be returned to the system for the greater good of society as a whole. It’s not surprising that this country is also a world leader in regard to environmental issues. With a maritime climate, weather can change depending on what is happening with the ocean. Extremely hot weather is very rare in a Netherlands summer. Summers tend to be by and large warm. Rain is an ordinary occurrence throughout the year.

Netherlands Facts

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The population of the Netherlands is approximately 17 million.
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The capital, and also largest city is Amsterdam.
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The flag of the Netherlands consists of three thick horizontal stripes with the top being red, the middle being white and the bottom blue.
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The flag is nearly identical to the flag of Luxembourg. The Netherlands flag is shorter than the Luxembourg flag, and the blue stripe is a darker shade.
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There is no jury system in the Netherlands, only judges. They follow the traditional hierarchical pattern which France also follows.
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The Netherlands is considered a consociational state being both a constitutional democracy and a parliamentary democracy.
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Wilhelm-Alexander has been the king of the Netherlands since 2013.
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The nominal GDP is $846 billion with the per capita GDP at $44,654.
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Being a part of the European Union, their currency is the Euro. However, the US dollar is the currency in the Caribbean Netherlands.
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The official language is Dutch.
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The Netherlands is one of the least religious countries in Europe with at least 50% of the population considering themselves non-religious.
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The Netherlands has hundreds of nature reserves including woods, heathland, dunes, lakes and other environments. There are also 20 national parks to enjoy.
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In 2001, the Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage.
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Kees Schouhamer Immink and Joop Sinjou of the Netherlands were co-inventors of the compact disc (CD).
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There are more than ten-thousand types of plants in the Netherlands.
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The Netherlands is divided into 12 provinces.
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A common mistake is that the Netherlands is also called Holland. Holland is only 2 of the 12 provinces in the Netherlands.
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The national color of the Netherlands is orange. It is said to be in honor of the Prince of Orange who led the Dutch revolt against the Spanish.
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Likewise called the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof in Lisse, the Netherlands is easily one of the world’s biggest flower gardens. Every year, over 7 million bulbs are planted in the park.
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The Netherlands is listed as one of the top Democracies on the Democracy Index.
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Most of the population, between 90-93%, asserts that they can converse in English. English is mandatory is secondary-schools in the Netherlands.
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The Dutch have the oldest national anthem, called “Wilhelmus,” which was written in 1568.
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There are more bicycles than residents in the Netherlands.
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The Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of tulips.
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The oldest airline in the world, KLM, is Dutch. It has been around since 1919.
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The Netherlands is one of the founding members of the European Union.
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Known for their great beers, the Netherlands is the second largest exporter of beer in the world with only Mexico ahead of them.
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The most popular food in the Netherlands is Hollandse Nieuwe, which is raw herring with gherkins and chopped raw onions.
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When the Dutch shake hands and when they answer the phone, they say their last name instead of hello.
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According to UNICEF, Dutch children are some of the happiest in the world.
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Over half of the working population in the Netherlands works part-time.
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Universal health care is available to all Dutch citizens.
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The Netherlands shares maritime borders in the North Sea with Germany, Belgium, and the UK.
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The Netherlands is by far the most heavily populated country of the EU and one of the most heavily populated countries anywhere in the world.
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This country loves cheese and is the second largest exporter of cheese in the world.
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Always asked before lighting a cigarette as smoking is banned in many areas.
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The Dutch are not big on gushing compliments. For instance, to praise something they will say it is “not bad.”
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The Dutch are direct speakers and to the point. They use a lot of eye contact when speaking to you.
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With 165 canals, Amsterdam is also known as the “Venice of the North.” The overall length of all of the canals is 31 miles (50km).
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There are 1281 bridges in Amsterdam.
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12,000-15,000 bicycles are fished out of Amsterdam canals each year!
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Approximately 75% of the population between the ages of 15 and 75 participates in sports weekly.
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The most popular team sport in the Netherlands is football.
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Amsterdam is home to the Van Gogh Museum which has the world’s biggest collection of Van Gogh paintings.
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There are over 1000 windmills in the Netherlands.
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Flevoland, the 12th and last province to be created in the Netherlands, was built almost completely on reclaimed land.
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With the lowest lactose intolerance rates in the world, only about 1% of Dutch people suffer from lactose intolerance.
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The Dutch are on average the tallest people in the world. Women average a height of 170 cm and men 184 cm.
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The oldest profession in the world, prostitution, is legal in the Netherlands. Customers must be at least 16, and prostitutes must be at least 18.
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Cannabis, in all forms, and hallucinogenic mushrooms are legal for personal use in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is home to the happiest children in the world according to UNICEF. With a high standard of living and great social programs like Universal Healthcare, it is a nice place to live. There are many beautiful nature reserves to enjoy in the Netherlands. Many Dutch people are into being active, and there are many activities to enjoy, such as cycling, walking and playing group sports. With over half the population working part-time and still living well, they must be doing something right.

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