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› The flag of the Netherlands is red, white and blue; just turn the French one 90 degrees to the left.
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› 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.
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› NL Planet: English language resources for the Netherlands and all things Dutch.
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.
14 things newcomers need to know about the Netherlands
You've just arrived in the Netherlands and you need a bike, Dutch classes and maybe a place to stay. Here's an indispensable guide to getting started!
UN rates Netherlands 4th in Human Development Report
The Netherlands has been ranked 4th in the UN Human Development Report. Global poverty is decreasing, but 1,2 billion people live on less than one euro a day.
Netherlands ranked 5th in 2014 Global Innovation Index
The 2014 Global Innovation Index ranks the Netherlands as the world's 5th most innovative country. We look at the Netherlands' innovation strengths and weaknesses.
Netherlands ranked 4th in Good Country Index
The Good Country Index measures how much nations contribute to the world, ranking countries in order of which offers the most to the common good.
The Netherlands is 3rd most competitive nation in Europe
The Netherlands is now the third most competitive nation in the European Union according to the World Economic Forum’s Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report.
The best places to live in the Netherlands
For the tenth year in a row Amsterdam has been rated the best place to live in the Netherlands, with the other cities of the Randstad not far behind.
Netherlands has one of the lowest rates of alcohol consumption in Europe
While Europeans drink more alcohol on average than people of other regions, the Netherlands is more restrained, with a comparably low consumption rate.
The Netherlands ranks first globally for press freedom
The latest report on press freedom rates the Dutch press as the freest in the world along with Sweden and Norway, while globally press freedom has fallen.