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The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830, Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered German invasion and occupation in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands – Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba – became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Netherlands Tourism Information…

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The Best of the Netherlands…

Eastern Netherlands
Northern Netherlands
Southern Netherlands
Western Netherlands

 

Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  


Delft
Gouda
Groningen
The Hague
Harlem 
Keukenhof Gardens-Lisse
Kinderdijk 
Leiden
Maastricht
Rotterdam
Utrecht
Valkenburg
Zaanse Schans- Zaandam
Zeeland Dikes

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Netherlands Country Information…

Capital:

Amsterdam

Largest City:

Amsterdam

Government:

Unitary parliamentary democracy underconstitutional monarchy

Currency:

Euro (€)

Area:

Total: 41,543 km2 ranked 134th water: 7,650 km2 land: 33,893 km2

Climate:

Temperate; humid and overcast; mild, windy winters and cool summers

Population:

17,016,967 (July 2016 est.) ranked 67th

Language:

Dutch (official) note: Frisian is an official language in Fryslan province; Frisian, Low Saxon, Limburgish, Romani, and Yiddish have protected status under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Ethnic Groups:

Dutch 78.6%, EU 5.8%, Turkish 2.4%, Indonesian 2.2%, Moroccan 2.2%, Surinamese 2.1%, Bonairian, Saba Islander, Sint Eustatian 0.8%, other 5.9% (2014 est.)

Religion:

Roman Catholic 28%, Protestant 19% (includes Dutch Reformed 9%, Protestant Church of The Netherlands, 7%, Calvinist 3%), other 11% (includes about 5% Muslim and fewer numbers of Hindu, Buddhist, Jehovah’s Witness, and Orthodox), none 42% (2009 est.)

Electricity:

230V, 50Hz (European plug C,F,)

Telephone Code:

+31

Local Emergency Phone Number:

112

Internet TLD:

.nl

Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) Summer (UTC+2) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road Driving Side:

Right

Anthem:

“Wilhelmus” (Dutch) “‘William”

Motto:

“Je maintiendrai” (French) “Ik zal handhaven” (Dutch) “I will uphold”

Monarch:

Willem-Alexander

Prime Minister:

Mark Rutte

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Holidays and Observances in Netherlands in 2021

Date NameType
Jan 1FridayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
Feb 14SundayValentine’s DayObservance
Mar 20SaturdayMarch EquinoxSeason
Apr 2FridayGood FridayNational holiday
Apr 4SundayEaster SundayNational holiday
Apr 5MondayEaster MondayNational holiday
Apr 27TuesdayKing’s BirthdayNational holiday
May 4TuesdayRemembrance DayObservance
May 5WednesdayLiberation DayPublic Sector
May 13ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday
May 23SundayWhit SundayNational holiday
May 24MondayWhit MondayNational holiday
Jun 21MondayJune SolsticeSeason
Jul 1ThursdayKeti KotiObservance
Sep 22WednesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Dec 5SundaySt Nicholas’ Eve/SinterklaasObservance
Dec 6MondaySt Nicholas’ DayObservance
Dec 21TuesdayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24FridayChristmas EveObservance
Dec 25SaturdayChristmas DayNational holiday
Dec 26SundaySecond Day of ChristmasNational holiday
Dec 31FridayNew Year’s EveObservance