Amazing Facts about Netherlands

Netherlands, country located in northwestern Europe, also known as Holland. “Netherlands” means low-lying country; the name Holland was originally given to one of the medieval cores of what later became the modern state

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List of Interesting Facts about Netherlands:

  1. Neanderthal traces have been found near Maastricht, thought to trace back at least 250,000 years.
  2. Amsterdam is one of the most popular cities in the Netherlands and home to at least 200 different nationalities.
  3. The Dutch are the biggest licorice eaters in the world. They consume 32 million kilos of the stuff every year.
  4. The Wilhelmus is the oldest national anthem in the world
  5. The Netherlands has the thirteenth-highest per capita income in the world, according to the International Monetary Fund. Perhaps that’s why it is such a happy country.
  6. With over 4.2 million international visitors, Amsterdam is now Europe’s 5th-busiest tourist destination.
  7. Amsterdam is entirely built on wooden poles 11 meters deep. This is due to its soil which consists of thick layers of clay and fen.
  8. The Netherlands is the healthiest country in the world for diet.
  9. The Netherlands are famous for their tulips, but tulips originally didn’t grow there. They were imported from the Ottoman empire in the 17th century.
  10. The Royal Palace situated at Dam Square is built on at least 13,659 wooden poles.
  11. Home births are popular in the Netherlands, and account for 20% of all births.
  12. Because the land is so flat, the country’s highest point, which is 323 meters high, is actually referred to as a mountain. It’s located in Vaalserberg.
  13. Rotterdam has the largest seaport in Europe.
  14. The Netherlands has produced many well-known painters including famous names such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, and Willem de Kooning. There are at least 22 Rembrandt painting and 206 works by Van Gogh in Amsterdam alone.
  15. The Netherlands has been a constitutional monarchy since 1815 and, since 1848, a parliamentary democracy. It has always had a coalition government.
  16. Gin was invented by the Dutch and introduced to the Brits.
  17. The province of Flevoland was almost entirely won from the water and it would only take 48 hours for it to flood entirely if one of the dikes broke. Flevoland is about three times the size of Manhattan in New York.
  18. Some well-known Dutch film directors include Fons Rademakers (The Assault), Jan de Bont (Speed) and Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man).
  19. The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage.
  20. There are approximately 1000 museums in the Netherlands, 42 of them situated in Amsterdam. These are some interesting facts about the Netherlands.
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