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Fun facts about the Netherlands

Did you know that..


  • "the Netherlands" and "Holland" are used to describe the same country?
  • one quarter of the Netherlands lays below sea level?
  • the International Court of Justice is at the Peace Palace in The Hague?
  • the Netherlands have approximately 495 inhabitants per square kilometre?
  • with only 0.008% of the world's area, the Netherlands are the world's second largest agricultural exporter?
  • the Netherlands were one of the European Union's founding nations?
  • the Netherlands have at least 35.000 km of cycle tracks?
  • the Dutch language is also spoken in Belgium, northern France, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba?
  • the Netherlands still have about 1,200 traditional working windmills?
  • the Dutch are the tallest people in Europe?
  • Amsterdam is entirely built on poles?
  • the Netherlands always have a coalition government, which makes it a country of compromises?
  • the Netherlands have nearly 1,000 museums, with 42 in Amsterdam alone?
  • almost every Dutch person has a bicycle and there are twice as many bikes as cars?
  • people in Holland eat raw herring with onions on top?
  • about 20% of all Dutch babies are born at home?
  • the Netherlands have the highest number of part-time workers in the EU (four in ten people)?
  • the Netherlands' highest point is 323 metres high and is therefore called a "mountain"?
  • you'll find a bunch of flowers in almost every Dutch living room?
  • Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, but The Hague is the seat of government?
  • most Dutch people speak at least one foreign language?
  • after Scandinavians, the Dutch are the world's biggest coffee drinkers?
  • people of 200 different nationalities live in Amsterdam?
  • the Netherlands have one of the youngest populations in the EU?
  • when your plane arrives at Schiphol, it lands 4.5 metres below sea level?
  • the Netherlands have the highest cable density in Europe?
  • Amsterdam has 1,281 bridges?
  • when Dutch schoolchildren pass their exams, they hang a Dutch flag and a school bag outside their homes?