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The Netherlands: Fun Facts

Published on : 18-01-2013, 16:44 by Perfect Housing

Mention ‘the Netherlands’ to most people and they immediately think of tulips, wooden shoes and the country’s liberal social policies. But there is much more to the country than that: The Netherlands has much to offer people of all ages.

The country’s culturally rich past and present helps it attract visitors from around the world. Did you know…

  • Both “The Netherlands” and “Holland” are used to refer to the same country
  • The Netherlands has only 0.008% of the world’s area, with roughly 480 inhabitants per square kilometre
  • There are more than 15,000 km of bike paths throughout the country
  • There are twice as many bikes as cars in the country
  • Approximately a quarter of the Netherlands is below sea level
  • The city of Amsterdam is entirely built on piles
  • Dutch people are the tallest in Europe
  • There are more than 10,000 windmills in the country, with about 1,000 traditional windmills working
  • Around a third of all babies born in the Netherlands are born at home
  • Amsterdam is the country’s capital, but The Hague is the seat of government
  • The Dutch are the world’s second biggest coffee drinkers, after the Scandinavians
  • The Netherlands produces more than half of the world’s commercially grown flowers
  • There are more than 1,200 bridges in Amsterdam

Check our Netherlands expat overview for more city info. 

Useful links:

BBC Country Profile



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