Interesting Netherlands

Interesting Netherlands

1. The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of 12 provinces, two of which are the very favorite of Russian Tsar Peter I Holland (North Holland and South Holland).

Very often the realization of the fact that Holland is part of the Netherlands comes to most tourists only upon arrival in the main airport of the country – Schiphol, located in the capital city Amsterdam. The reason for this is poor knowledge of geography by much of the world’s population.

3. The Dutch themselves do not like their country to be called Holland, preferring to call it the Netherlands. Only the western region of the country is called Holland.

4. The population of the country is 16, 8 million people. The Netherlands has a very high population density and is the highest in all of Europe at 496 people/km².

5. The most densely populated cities are, of course, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, but also in small towns also live a lot of people.

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands.

6. Amsterdam – the capital of the Netherlands – is 4 meters below sea level. It is quite humid, so all the buildings are built on pile foundations.

7.The first written information about the city dates back to 1275. Amsterdam has been the capital of the Netherlands since 1814. In terms of size, the city ranks 6th among the capitals of Europe. A dam protects it from floods.

Canals of Amsterdam

8.Amsterdam has 150 canals, 1200 bridges and 90 islands. There are more than 2000 floating houses on the water.

9. More than half of the capital’s residents speak three or more languages. Amsterdam is considered to be one of the safest capitals in the world, but it also has its pickpockets. On the streets of the capital you can meet mounted police officers.

10.On the water you can travel on boats and boats in all areas of the capital, but residents prefer them to conventional bicycles. You can rent them in different places in the city. There are about 500,000 registered bicycles in Amsterdam.

Randstad

11. more than 40% of the Dutch live in the Randstad district, a megalopolis in the central-western part of the country, mainly consisting of four major cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

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12. The world’s first stock exchange was opened just in the Netherlands in Amsterdam back in 1602.

13. 13. Almost all the Dutch are quite tall, it’s true. The average height for men is about 182.5 centimeters, and 169 centimeters for women.

14. The Netherlands is largely a secular country: up to 40% of the residents say they have no religion, 30% are Catholics (the largest religious group) and 20% are Protestants. There are more Protestants in the north and Catholics in the south.

15. The Netherlands translates as “low lands” because the country is very low to sea level. The lowest point in the country is 6.7 meters below sea level. Very often there is a possibility of flooding in certain regions, so dams are constantly being built to save from flooding.

Port of Rotterdam

16. The country is home to the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam.

17. There are many different dialects in the Netherlands and because of this people from the northern part of the country may not understand people from the southern part.

18. The anthem of the Netherlands is one of the oldest in the world. It was first heard in 1574.

19. The Netherlands has a fairly well developed transport system – trains, trains, buses at very reasonable prices.

20. A lot of Dutch people do sports: gym, yoga, group classes, soccer, jogging – anything, everyone tries to look after himself. That is probably why quite a few people in the Netherlands have problems with excess weight.

Tulip fields in the Netherlands

21. Originally, tulips never grew in the Netherlands. The famous Dutch tulips were imported from Turkey in the 17th century, namely in 1599, and have since become one of the country’s indispensable symbols.

22. The national color in the Netherlands is orange. Interestingly, even the surname of the royal dynasty Oranje (Orange) literally translates as “orange.

23. In addition to property and land taxes, the Dutch pay an annual tax to build and maintain systems against flooding.

24. 24. The Dutch almost never hang curtains over their windows, so you can see from the street what the inhabitants are doing. This custom dates back to World War II, when the German occupation authorities forbade curtains in order to monitor the behavior of the Dutch.

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25. The Dutch have perfectly preserved the characteristic appearance of their people and every Dutchman is a tall and thin blonde and every Dutchwoman is a tall, thin pretty blonde.

The city of The Hague.

26. One of the most famous cities of the state is The Hague. It is home to the Parliament and three International Courts – the United Nations, the Criminal Court and the Court of Arbitration. The Hague was founded in 1230 by the Dutch Count Floris IV.

27. The Netherlands is home to internationally renowned artists. Among them, for example, such as Hieronymus Bosch, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Peter Bruegel, Jan Torop and others.

28. The Netherlands is the leader among all countries in the world in the number of museums per capita. There are 10 thousand museums per 16 million Dutch people.

29. Thanks to Peter I famous Dutch cheese was brought to Russia and shipbuilding began.

30.In the Netherlands, graduates hang the national flag and their school backpack near their home after graduation.

Walserberg Highlands

31. The highest point in the Netherlands is the Walserberg Upland, which is located in the south of the country and has a height of 322 meters.

32. All pets in the Netherlands wear special electronic beacons so that if they get lost they can be easily found.

33. In the Netherlands it is allowed to drink alcohol from the age of 16.

34. In the Netherlands you can smoke marijuana in the street, but drinking alcohol openly can lead to a heavy fine. If you hide the bottle in a paper bag you can drink legally.

It’s interesting that the Dutch use less marijuana on average than other Europeans. Despite the prevalence of pot in the country, Dutch people are not big smokers.

Windmills in the Netherlands

36. The famous Dutch windmills were built more to control local floods than to grind flour. They were used to pump water. There are now more than 1,200 such structures in the Netherlands.

37. One of the most popular Dutch delicacies is herring. It is sold in special stalls labeled “Haring”. There are at least three ways to serve it: in a bun as a hot dog, flavored with onions and pickles; on a plate, sliced, with slices of pickles, sprinkled with onions; whole – in that case it is usually eaten by the tail.

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38. 12 million kilograms, the same amount of herring with sliced raw onions and pickles eaten by the Dutch every year.

39. All Dutch people are fond of Hagelslag chocolate chips which they sprinkle on bread and butter. If we have, for example, sausage and cheese sandwiches, they have it in common.

40. After the Scandinavians, the Dutch are the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, each drinking about 140 liters a year.

41. The Netherlands is home to a large number of pioneering navigators. These are, for example, people like Willem Barents, Willem Jansson, Cornelis Schoutman, Abel Tasman, Jakob Roggeven and others.

42. The French automaker Citroen was founded by Dutchman André Citroen.

43. The Dutch like to travel by bicycle, for them it is the most convenient means of transport. But bicycles are very often stolen, so everyone tries to buy quite secure locks. And often the lock can cost more than the bicycle itself. So if you buy a used bicycle for 50€ for example, be prepared to pay another 50€ for a sturdy lock.

44. The Netherlands is one of the world’s leading beer producers. Everyone must have heard such names as Heineken, Amstel and Grolsch – all are local brands.

45. In the east of the country in the province of Overijssel there is a small village of Githorn, where there is not a single road. The only way to get around is on foot, by bicycle or by boat.

46. More than 60% of the Netherlands is agriculture and horticulture. The country is one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural products (seeds, live trees, plants, bulbs, roots and cut flowers), despite its small size, constantly competing with China, the United States and Germany.

47. The Netherlands has the most greenhouses per capita.

48. The Netherlands introduced the orange carrot to the world – it was bred by local breeders back in the 16th century by crossing several varieties. Before that time, carrots had different colors – from pale yellow to purple.

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49. 49. The official holidays in the Netherlands are New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Queen’s Birthday, Labor Day, World War II Memorial Day, Victory over Fascism Day, National Remembrance Day, St. Nicholas Day and Christmas.

50. The Netherlands retains a monarchy. Despite this, the state is one of the most liberal in the world.

Top 30 facts about the Netherlands that will surprise you

The Netherlands is a unique country, and this is a fact. No, it’s not… here are 30 facts about the Netherlands that will help you see that.

Fact № 1.

The Netherlands is the official name of the country, which includes the provinces of South and North Holland. In the past, this region was economically very developed, so it was often heard. This is how the Netherlands got its second name, Holland. By the way, even today the Dutch themselves often say Holland, referring to the Netherlands as a whole.

Fact #2

Amsterdam is one of the most popular cities in the Netherlands. It is home to representatives of over 200 different nationalities.

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Fact #3

According to the 2017 United Nations Report, the Netherlands was the sixth happiest country in the world.

Fact #4.

There are more than 1,000 working mills in the Netherlands.

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Fact #5.

Despite the fact that Amsterdam is not a cheap city, even here you can find a lot of budget entertainment. Especially for you, we have compiled a list of the most interesting of them.

Fact #6

You probably already know that KLM is a Dutch airline. But did you know that it is the oldest national airline in the world?

Fact #7

The Dutch village of Githorn has canals instead of the usual streets, which is why it is called the “Venice of the Netherlands”. More interesting facts about the unique village of Githorn.

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Fact #8

Audiocassette, videocassette and DVD were invented in the Dutch town of Eindhoven by Philips.

Fact #9

Amsterdam is the 5th busiest city in Europe, as about 4.2 million people visit it every year.

Fact #10.

Who do you think are the tallest people in Europe? That’s right – the Dutch!

Fact #11.

There are more bicycles in the Netherlands (the figure exceeds 18 million) than people themselves.

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Fact #12.

Home births are very popular in the Netherlands. Slightly more than 30% of babies are born at home.

Fact #13.

Rotterdam seaport is the largest port in Europe.

Fact #14.

Dutch tulips are famous all over the world, but they were originally imported from the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century.

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Fact #15.

The Netherlands gave the world such talented artists as Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Willem de Kooning. Amsterdam alone has 206 works by Van Gogh and 22 paintings by Rembrandt.

Fact #16.

There are 1,281 bridges in Amsterdam!

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Fact #17.

The average Dutchman rides a bicycle about 2.5 km a day and about 900 km a year.

Fact #18.

There are about 1,000 museums in the Netherlands. And, imagine, 42 of them are in Amsterdam.

Fact #19.

Although Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, the government is in The Hague.

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Fact #20.

Despite the fact that the country occupies only 0.008% of the world’s land, the Netherlands is the third largest exporter of agricultural products.

Fact #21.

New York City was originally called “New Amsterdam” and was founded as a Dutch colony.

Fact #22.

Guess who is the largest exporter of cheese in the world? That’s right, the Netherlands.

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Fact #23

Pickled herring with onions is the most popular Dutch snack.

Fact #24.

The Netherlands is currently the largest producer and exporter of tulips in the world.

Fact #25

Australia and New Zealand were discovered by Dutch explorers. Incidentally, New Zealand was named after the Dutch province of Zealand, a great place to spend a weekend.

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Fact #26.

Another interesting fact: the Dutch often wear raincoats, as an umbrella is an object of little use because of the strong wind.

Fact #27.

The Netherlands is the founding country of the European Union.

Fact #28

The famous Köckenhof Flower Park is the largest flower park in the world.

You can order tickets to the park Koekenhof right now. This will help you avoid kilometer-long lines at the ticket office and other inconveniences.

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Fact #29

The largest cafe in Europe is located in Groningen. “The Three Sisters can accommodate 3,700 people.

Fact #30.

4/10 working people in the Netherlands work part-time. This is the highest rate in the European Union.

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