Monday, 2 May 2005

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 cycle tracks?

* 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?


1 comment:

Nicole said...

That's fascinating reading about your country! The Netherlands sounds like a definite must to visit...


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