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.

5 special kinds of bicycle

The Netherlands is a real cycling nation. But there are more kinds of bicycle than the traditional model you are probably used to.

The Netherlands in the top 10: 2017 Inclusive Development Index

The Netherlands is in the top 10 of the 2017 World Economic Forum's International Development Index (IDI). Find out what areas of the country ranked high.

The Netherlands' population growth: Dutch cities soaring ahead

According to the CBS, the population of the Netherlands grew to 17,1 million in the first 11 months of 2016. The speed of this growth has hit a record.

The Netherlands drops in HSBC's Expat Explorer Survey ranking

British bank HSBC has released their 2016 Expat Explorer Survey report. Find out where the Netherlands ranks compared to the rest of the world.

The Netherlands deemed most connected country in the world

The Netherlands won first place in the 2016 DHL Global Connectedness Index. The study is based on an analysis of 140 countries.

The Netherlands ranks lower in 2016 Global Wealth Report

The 2016 Allianz Global Wealth Report reveals the Netherlands has the ninth highest private wealth in the world at 80.180 euros per person.

Eight ways to recognise a Dutch tourist on your holiday

Leaving the Netherlands for your holidays? Find out how to recognise a Dutch tourist!

10 things I love about life in the Netherlands

We like to complain about the weather and food, but expats often stay longer than expected in the Netherlands. Here are 10 reasons why.

The Dutch love affair with freedom

More than wealth, status and love the Dutch love to be free. Ruud Hisgen explores this yearning for freedom by looking at seven related words or phrases.

Today in Dutch history: the 1953 North Sea flooding disaster

The biggest natural disaster of the 20th century in the Netherlands is without a doubt the flood of 1953 on January 31 and February 1. Here's what happened.


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