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Netherlands ; is a country in Northwestern Europe, constituting the major portion of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a parliamentary democratic constitutional monarchy. The Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The capital is Amsterdam and the seat of government is The Hague. The Netherlands is often called Holland, which is formally incorrect as North and South Holland are actually two of its twelve provinces . The word Dutch is used to refer to the people, the language, and anything pertaining to the Netherlands. The difference between the noun and the adjective is a peculiarity of the English language and does not exist in the Dutch language. Being one of the first parliamentary democracies, the Netherlands was a modern country from its inception. Among other affiliations the country is a founding member of the European Union , NATO, OECD, WTO, and has signed the Kyoto protocol. With Belgium and Luxembourg it forms the Benelux economic union. The country is host to five international courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The former four are situated in The Hague as is the EU's criminal intelligence agency Europol. This has led to the city being dubbed "the world's legal capital". The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country, with about 27% of its area and 60% of its population located below sea level. Significant areas have been gained through land reclamation and preserved through an elaborate system of polders and dikes. Much of the Netherlands is formed by the estuary of three important European rivers, which together with their distributaries form the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta. Most of the country is very flat, with the exception of foothills in the far south-east and several low-hill ranges in the central parts created by ice-age glaciers. The Netherlands is a densely populated country. It is known for its windmills, tulips, clogs delftware and Gouda cheese, for its bicycles, and in addition, traditional values and civil virtues such as its social tolerance. The country has more recently become known for its liberal policies toward drugs, prostitution, homosexuality, and euthanasia. The Netherlands has one of the most free market capitalist economies in the world, ranking 12th of 157 countries in one index.

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Guide to the Netherlands - Amsterdam
Guide to the Netherlands The Netherlands is a modern and beautiful country located in northwestern Europe. It was often plagued by flood in its early history; the sea would often encroach on the land. Dikes were built to remedy this situation. These dikes have helped reclaim the land and are now a tourist destination in itself. Many people would associate the Netherlands with fresh tulips, old fashioned windmills, beautiful wooden shoes and bicycles. Often incorrectly referred to as Holland, which is in fact a province of the Netherlands, many tourists from all over the world visit this country to enjoy its culture and places. The best time to visit the Netherlands is between May and October. It is during this time that day and night te...

Experience and Travel to the Netherlands - Amsterdam
Experience and Travel to the Netherlands Don't let the clichés of the Dutch scare you away from visiting the Netherlands. Although bikes, windmills, and endless flower fields are basically the norm once you get outside the major tourist cities. Act like the locals do and jump on a bike for an exploration adventure. The Netherlands is a very large small country that is packed with surprises. The full name is the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the capital is Amsterdam. The Netherlands has a population of about 16,254,900 people. The type of currency that is used is the Euro. Likely one of the most popular pleasures that the Netherlands offers is its stark contrast between pragmatic liberalism and the buttoned up culture founded on Calvinist principle...

Want to travel to Europe this summer Why not visit Amsterdam ? - Amsterdam
Want to travel to Europe this summer Why not visit Amsterdam ? If you decide to travel Europe for a while, be sure not to miss Amsterdam. Contrary to many believes, it is not only Red Light District and stoner coffee shops that make the city what it is – there are many cultural, romantic and historical aspects to the city as well. The good thing about Amsterdam is the general ambiance of the place. The city part of town is very compact and laid back and all major streets are separated by canals which are ever present throughout the city. The canals also mean that the major part of town is spared from heavy traffic and you can easily (albeit thirty-five to forty-five minutes from north to south) walk everywhere. Somewhat complicated is the way the streets are arranged. They f...

Christmas in Netherlands - Amsterdam
Christmas in Netherlands Christmas in Netherlands is one of the most cherished festivals. To the busy Netherlands citizens, Christmas in Netherlands brings a golden opportunity to spend an enjoyable vacation with near and dear ones. The Dutch eagerly wait for 5th December. It is the day on which they celebrate the coming of Sinterklaas Avond or St. Nicholas eve. They celebrate with family doings on December 6th and after that everyone is ready to prepare for Netherlands Christmas on December 25th and then for December 26th or New Year and Three Kings Day on January 6th. In the Netherlands St. Nicholas, known as Sinterklaas, is acknowledged for his kindness and generosity. Dutch children are told that on 5th December, on his feast day, he ...

Languages of the Netherlands - Amsterdam
Languages of the Netherlands The official language is Dutch, which is spoken by a majority of the inhabitants, the exception being some groups of immigrants. Another official language is West Frisian, which is spoken in the northern province of Friesland, called Fryslan in that language. West Frisian is co-official only in the province of Friesland, although with a few restrictions. Several dialects of Low Saxon (Nedersaksisch in Dutch) are spoken in much of the north and east, like the Twentse language in the Twente region, and are recognised by the Netherlands as regional languages according to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, as well as the Meuse-Rhenish Franconian varieties in the southeastern province of Limburg, h...