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Netherlands

Description of Netherlands

The country is located in north-western Europe and it is bordered by Belgium and Germany. Together with Belgium and Luxembourg, Netherlands forms the Community of Benelux. It is washed by the North Sea in the north and west. The country occupies an area of ​​ 41.5 thousand square kilometers. Netherlands also includes the Netherlands Antilles and the Aruba Island in the Caribbean Sea. Through the center of the country flows the river Rhine.

Netherlands is a kingdom of tulips and windmills. It is an ancient and beautiful land reclaimed from the North Sea. Thousands of kilometers of dikes protect the land from the water element. The royal motto written on the National Emblem says, - "Je maintiendrai" (that means "I’ll withstand").

The official language is Dutch. In Friesland Frisian is spoken; the local dialect in the province of Limburg is also notable. Almost everyone in the Netherlands speak English quite well, some difficulties can arise only in the rural areas. Many inhabitants of the Netherlands also speak German and French. The country’s monetary unit is Euro. Banks are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 16.00. Some banks close on Fridays one hour earlier. Currency exchange in Amsterdam is also carried out by the organization of "GWK". Most "GWK" exchange offices are located near railway stations. They are open from 8:00 to 20:00 every day except Sunday; on Sundays are open from 10.00 to 16.00. You can also exchange money in post offices.

Netherlands is the only country in the world, where the use of soft drugs, which are sold to all adults in cafe-shops, is legally permitted. That is to say, only natural agricultural products such as marijuana and hashish are officially permitted. Drastic opium, cocaine, crack, and psychedelic achievements of modern chemistry are prosecuted in the Netherlands as well as in the rest of the civilized world.

Some facts about Netherlands

Population of country 16,645,000 people
Area of Netherlands 41,526 sq. kilometers
Located on the continent Europe (EU)
Capital of Netherlands Amsterdam
Currency at Netherlands Euro (EUR)
Domain Zone .nl
Phone country code 31
FIPS code of Netherlands NL

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More information about Netherlands

Climate of Netherlands:
  • temperate
  • marine
  • cool summers and mild winters
Terrain of Netherlands:
  • mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders)
  • some hills in southeast
Netherlands also has such useful resources as: natural gas, petroleum, peat, limestone, salt, sand and gravel, arable land.

Top cities of Netherlands


City Name Population State Coordinates
1 Amsterdam 741,636 people North Holland 52.37403 x 4.88969
2 Rotterdam 598,199 people South Holland 51.9225 x 4.47917
3 Den Haag 474,292 people South Holland 52.07667 x 4.29861
4 Utrecht 290,529 people Provincie Utrecht 52.09083 x 5.12222
5 Eindhoven 209,620 people North Brabant 51.44083 x 5.47778
6 Tilburg 199,613 people North Brabant 51.55551 x 5.0913
7 Groningen 181,194 people Provincie Groningen 53.21917 x 6.56667
8 Almere Stad 176,432 people Provincie Flevoland 52.37025 x 5.21413
9 Breda 167,673 people North Brabant 51.58656 x 4.77596
10 Nijmegen 158,732 people Provincie Gelderland 51.8425 x 5.85278
11 Enschede 153,655 people Provincie Overijssel 52.21833 x 6.89583
12 Haarlem 147,590 people North Holland 52.38084 x 4.63683
13 Arnhem 141,674 people Provincie Gelderland 51.98 x 5.91111
14 Zaanstad 140,085 people North Holland 52.45313 x 4.81356
15 Amersfoort 139,914 people Provincie Utrecht 52.155 x 5.3875
16 Apeldoorn 136,670 people Provincie Gelderland 52.21 x 5.96944
17 's-Hertogenbosch 134,520 people North Brabant 51.69917 x 5.30417
18 Hoofddorp 132,734 people North Holland 52.3025 x 4.68889
19 Maastricht 122,378 people Provincie Limburg 50.84833 x 5.68889
20 Leiden 119,713 people South Holland 52.15833 x 4.49306
21 Dordrecht 119,260 people South Holland 51.81 x 4.67361
22 Zoetermeer 115,845 people South Holland 52.0575 x 4.49306
23 Zwolle 111,805 people Provincie Overijssel 52.5125 x 6.09444
24 Deventer 97,331 people Provincie Overijssel 52.255 x 6.16389
25 Born 97,169 people Provincie Limburg 51.03167 x 5.80972
26 Delft 95,060 people South Holland 52.00667 x 4.35556
27 Alkmaar 94,853 people North Holland 52.63167 x 4.74861
28 Heerlen 93,084 people Provincie Limburg 50.88365 x 5.98154
29 Venlo 92,403 people Provincie Limburg 51.37 x 6.16806
30 Leeuwarden 91,424 people Provincie Friesland 53.20139 x 5.80859

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