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.

UN rates Netherlands 4th in Human Development Report

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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.

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The Netherlands had record numbers of tourists in 2013

The Netherlands had another bumper year in tourism in 2013, with millions of international visitors reaching a new high.

The Dutch Royal Family

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