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.

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.

The Netherlands in top 10 of 2015 Human Capital Index

The Netherlands is a success when it comes to pursuing economic growth through skill and knowledge development. But it has yet to reach its full human capital potential.

Netherlands in top 10 of 2015 Social Progress Index

With a top 10 score on the 2015 Social Progress Index, the Netherlands is one of Europe's - and the world's - role models when it comes to creating a healthy society!

7 words that defined the Netherlands

Molen, dijk and polder... these are some of the oldest and most defining words in the Dutch language. Learn how these words created the Dutch landscape.

How did the Dutch get so tall?

Did you ever wonder why the Dutch are so tall? An investigation into Dutch height over the last 200 years reveals some interesting surprises!

The Netherlands has fourth richest population in the world

The 2014 Allianz Global Wealth Report reveals the Netherlands has the fourth highest private wealth worldwide, with average net assets of 71.430 per person.


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