Netherlands

Travelling the Netherlands (Holland)

Netherlands
Netherlands

Official Name: Kingdom of the Netherlands

Form of Government: Constitutional Monarchy

Capital City: Amsterdam

Population: 17,151,228

Official Languages: Dutch and Frisian – most folks speak English

Money: Euro

  • The Netherlands’ small size actually makes it the most crowded country in Europe, thanks to the current population being at more than 17 million (as of July 2019).
  • The Netherlands is one of the happiest countries in the world according to the United Nations World Happiness report, they are always in the top 10.
  • The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage
  • The national anthem is the oldest in the world and dates back to 1572
  • It is the lowest country in Europe and Netherlands is translated in Dutch to the “low lands”
  • Carrots are orange because of the Dutch legend has it that the Dutch bred orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange who became the King of England.
  • Everyone knows that tulips are famous thanks to the Netherlands. But tulips are not native to the Netherlands but to Turkey.
  • Amsterdam alone has over 1,200 bridges
  • There are over 1,000 windmills

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