General information about the Netherlands

The flag of the Netherlands is red, white and blue; just turn the French one 90 degrees to the left.

dutch countryside
Photo by Flickr user Tambako the Jaguar

Orange is the Netherlands' national colour because of the house of Orange, the Dutch royal line.

The Netherlands is one of the best countries for children to live in (2007 Unicef report).

The Netherlands has the highest concentration of museums in the world. Some of the most famous Dutch painters are Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen, van Gogh and Mondrian.

Holland is a geographic part of the Netherlands referring to the western part of the country (e.g. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague).

Amsterdam has 1.281 bridges and is entirely built on piles.

The Netherlands' highest point is 322,7 meters above sea level (Vaalserberg) and the lowest 6,76 meters below sea level (Prince Alexander Polder).

The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

The voltage used in the Netherlands is 220, 50 cycle AC.

Most cities and villages have at least one tourist information office (VVV sign) that provides maps and brochures for free.

The tap water is of excellent quality.

Every city has its own opening hours for shopping on Sundays.

VAT is already included in quoted prices.

Only some 100 years ago the central Netherlands still had sand deserts.

Places of worship can be found all around the country even though the Dutch are quite secular; only 20% of them attend services on a regular basis.

In the Netherlands there are twice as many bikes as cars with over 15.000 km of cycle tracks.

cycling path netherlands
Photo by Flickr user psd
 

Useful links
NL Planet: English language resources for the Netherlands and all things Dutch.

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Today in Dutch history: the 1953 North Sea flooding disaster

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The Netherlands ranks fifth in 2015 global corruption index

The Netherlands is in fifth place in the annual global corruption ranking, moving up from last year.

The Netherlands ranks 5th in 2015 Human Development Report

The Netherlands has been awarded fifth place in the 2015 Human Development Report, out of 188 countries.

10 important Dutch inventions

You may have used some of these without realising where they came from. Have a look at some of the most notable inventions from the Netherlands!

Get to know the Netherlands with Dutch Discoveries

Want to understand the Netherlands better? A new course for internationals explains Dutch ways, culture and history in an entertaining and educational way.

The Netherlands strong and steady in 2015 Global Peace Index

The Netherlands shows a respectable, consistent performance in the 2015 Global Peace Index, which measures countries' peacefulness and contributions to peace elsewhere.

The Netherlands is a great startup location, according to Forbes

Forbes magazine applauds the Netherlands' efforts to push the potential of startup businesses, with programs to attract foreign entrepreneurs and talent.

Netherlands down one place in IMD competitiveness ranking

The Netherlands has fallen slightly in the 2015 edition of the IMD World Competitiveness Report.

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