Looking to boost your knowledge of Europe and increase your chances of getting crowned the next pub quiz champion? Why not start with these fun facts about the Netherlands!
1. The Netherlands or Holland?
Netherlands (commonly referred to as Holland) is a low and flat country in North-Western Europe.
2. It’s called The Netherlands for a very good reason.
In fact, ‘Netherlands’ actually means ‘Low Country’. It’s so low that only 50% or so of its land is more than 1m above sea level. Incredible!
3. It’s got famous neighbors and a coastline.
It is bordered by Germany to the east and Belgium to the south. It also has a coastline along the North Sea to the north and west.
Flag of the Netherlands
4. Sailing here by boat?
The coordinates for Netherlands are 52.3167° N, 5.5500°
5. Maybe you just want to make a call.
To make a call to the Netherlands, you’ll need to use the international dialling code +31.
6. It’s flat as well as low.
The terrain here is mostly flat lowlands with some hills in the south east.
Tulips – the national flower of the Netherlands[/caption]
10. There are lots of culinary creations on offer here.
If you’d like to try a few national dishes during a trip to Netherlands, ‘Hollandse Niewe’ is probably the most famous. It’s raw herring and is served with raw onion and gherkins. We’d also recommend ‘Stroopwafel’ which can be found in some UK supermarkets – it’s a type of waffle/cookie, filled with caramel. Delicious!
11. How big is the country in total?
The total land area of the Netherlands is 16,034 square miles (41,528 square kilometers).
12. Not all bacon is Danish…
Did you know that 70% of the world’s bacon comes from the Netherlands?
Heineken beer is a Dutch export
13. They are big on beer in Holland!
Apparently, on average the Dutch each consume 74 liters of beer per year!
14. Life in The Netherlands is long and prosperous.