Fun facts about the Netherlands

Did you know that…

  • “The Netherlands” and “Holland” are used to describe the same country?
  • One quarter of the Netherlands is below sea level?
  • The International Court of Justice is at the Peace Palace in The Hague?
  • The Netherlands has approximately 480 inhabitants per square kilometre?
  • With only 0.008% of the world’s area, the Netherlands is the world’s third largest agricultural exporter?
  • The Netherlands was one of the European Union’s founding nations?
  • The Netherlands has at least 15,000 km of bicycle paths?
  • Dutch is also spoken in Belgium, northern France, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba?
  • The Netherlands still has about 1,000 traditional working windmills?
  • The Dutch are the tallest people in Europe?
  • Amsterdam is entirely built on piles?
  • The Netherlands always has a coalition government, which makes it a country of compromises?
  • The Netherlands has nearly 1,000 museums, with 42 in Amsterdam alone?
  • Almost every Dutch person has a bicycle and there are twice as many bikes as cars?
  • The Netherlands is the world’s eighth largest exporter?
  • People in Holland eat raw herring with onions on top?
  • About 30% of all Dutch babies are born at home?
  • You can see 22 paintings by Rembrandt and 206 by Van Gogh in Amsterdam?
  • The Netherlands has the highest number of part-time workers in the EU (four in ten people)?
  • The Netherlands’ highest point is 323 metres high and is therefore called a ” mountain”?
  • You’ll find a bunch of flowers in almost every Dutch living room?
  • Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, but The Hague is the seat of government?
  • Most Dutch people speak at least one foreign language?
  • One in every three Dutch people belongs to a sport club?
  • After Scandinavians, the Dutch are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers?
  • People of 200 nationalities live in Amsterdam?
  • The Netherlands has one of the youngest populations in the EU?
  • When your plane arrives at Schiphol, it lands 4.5 metres below sea level?
  • The Netherlands has the highest cable density in Europe?
  • Amsterdam has 1,281 bridges?
  • When Dutch school children pass their exams, they hang a Dutch flag and a school bag outside their homes?

(source: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

13 maart, 2015