The Netherlands, also casually referred to as Holland, is a nation in Western Europe with a population of seventeen million people. It is the primary constituent nation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and incorporates three island domains in the Caribbean: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba. The European part of the Netherlands comprises of twelve areas and borders on Germany in the east, Belgium in the south, and the North Sea toward the northwest, sharing sea outskirts in the North Sea with Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The five most significant urban areas in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht (shaping the Randstad megalopolis) and Eindhoven (driving the Brabantse Stedenrij). Amsterdam is the nation’s capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of parliament and government. The Port of Rotterdam is the most significant port in Europe and the world’s biggest outside East Asia. Utrecht is a focal hub for street and railroad interchanges, trade and social occasions, while Eindhoven is an original city known for its engaging financial quality.
1. More than a fourth of the Netherlands is below ocean level.
More than half of the netherlands is situated less than one meter above sea level. When you enter the Netherlands by plane at schiphol you will be at 4.5 meters below sea level. Fortunately the Netherlands has the deltawerken, a series of construction projects in the southwest of the Netherlands consisting of dams, sluices, locks, dykes, levees, and storm surge barriers.
2. Dutch people are the tallest on the planet.
With an average height of 184 cm for men and 170 cm for women, Dutch people are the tallest individuals on the planet. Researchers say this is a result of their DNA, nourishment, others say this is a direct result of consuming a lot of dairy products.
3. Amsterdam is fabricated altogether on poles
Since Amsterdam’s dirt comprises of a thick layer of fen and clay, all structures are build on wooden and concrete poles that are settled in a sandy layer. The Royal Palace at Dam Square is build on more than 13,659 wooden poles.
4. Turkish Tulips
Tulip fields and flower bulbs are traditionally Dutch. However, the first tulips didn’t come from the Netherlands, they were inported from Turkey between 1500-1600.
5. 86% of Dutchies communicate in English as a second language
Every single Dutch child learns English in school and when foreigners visit the Netherlands, they are surprised by the high quality level of their English.
6. There are still around 1200 windmills in the Netherlands today.
A couple of these mills still empty the water out of the land, which is prevalently below sea level. One of the most established plants in the Netherlands, in fact in Western Europe, is the Zeddam windmill, in the province of Gelderland. This windmill goes back to 1451, however, there are numerous cases of excellent working mills across the country.
7. The Dutch are the fourth biggest cheese makers on the planet.
if you visit the Netherlands, you will see innumerable dairy animals eating in the fields; the nation over there is right around 1.5 million of them. Those dairy animals are required for a lot of cheese that this little country produces. Make sure to visit one of the Dutch cheese markets, where medieval market traditions are the all-important focal point!
8. Orange is extremely popular.
Any individual who has watched global brandishing occasions will have seen that the Dutch group units are generally orange. Football competitions are absolutely beautiful when the Dutch are around. Be that as it may, the Dutch banner includes the hues red, blue and white so where does the orange originate from? It’s a real thing. The Dutch royals are individuals from the House of Orange (Huis van Oranje-Nassau) and subsequently, their shading is orange.
9. King’s Day is a national holiday and festivity.
While we are on the theme of orange, the King’s birthday is a significant national yearly road party where the clothing regulation is… yes, you got it… orange! On the off chance that you intend to be in the Netherlands on the 27th April (or 26th if the 27th falls on a Sunday) you should pack something orange to wear. The first King’s day was in 2014 after Willem-Alexander succeeded his mother, Beatrix in 2013. Preceding this, it was known as Queen’s Day and celebrated on the 30th April. Prominently this was not the date of Queen Beatrix’s birthday, but instead, she chose to hold the festival on the date of her mom’s birthday as a tribute to her.
10. There are more than 13 million bicycles in the Netherlands.
That is great for a populace of 17 million individuals. What’s more is that there is 35,000 km of cycleways to ride those bicycles on. It’s necessary for day by day drives to class and work to be done on bikes and seeing a Dutchman on a bike wearing a suit conveying an attaché isn’t uncommon. It’s consummately typical for guardians to transport various kids and shopping for food on a bicycle.
11. Sports are substantially more prevalent than religion
Around 4.5 million of the 17 million individuals in the Netherlands are enrolled in one of the 35,000 sport clubs in the nation. Around 66% of the populace more established than 15 years takes an interest in sports week by week. Soccer is the most prominent game in the Netherlands, with field hockey and volleyball as the second and third most famous group activities. Tennis, vaulting, and golf are the three most broadly played individual games.
12. The most important word in Dutch might just be ‘gezellig’
This word has no palatable, strict interpretation in English, however, German-speakers will remember it as ‘gemütlich’. Circumstances can be ‘gezellig’, as can individuals and spots. On the off chance that something is ‘gezellig’, it is well-known, warm, friendly, cozy, comfortable, and jovial. For instance, getting a charge out of a comfortable supper with companions in one of your most loved eateries with some wonderful nourishment and wine is complete ‘gezellig’.
13. Holland doesn’t exist.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands (to give the nation its official name) is ordinarily referred to as Holland. In undeniable reality, Holland just refers to two regions in the nation, specifically Noord-Holland (North) and Zuid-Holland (South). So when referring to the entire nation the right name is The Netherlands.