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Capital : Amsterdam
Language :  Dutch
Currency :  Euro
Population : 17 063 800
Area : 41 850 km2

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Netherlands facts

1. Independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation was obtained on January 30, 1648.
2. The population density is 487 people per km2.
3. The country is 7.5 times smaller than Poland.
4. The main religion is Catholicism, 25%.
5. The longest river is the Rhine, 165 km.
6. The full name of the country – the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
7. The most popular sport is football.
9. The highest peak is Vaalserberg, 322 m above sea level.
10. Motto of the country – “I will defend”.

11. There are about 300 castles open to the public in the Netherlands.

12. The country is famous for a large number of windmills, and for the cultivation of tulips.

13. In the Dutch cuisine, the most common ingredients are potatoes and cheese.

14. Almost every citizen of this country has a bike.

15. 25% of the Netherlands is below sea level.

16. There are 487 people per square kilometer, which gives the highest population density in Europe, taking into account countries with over 1 million inhabitants.

17. The Netherlands is the largest exporter of beer in the world. In 2001, they sent as much as 1.3 billion liters for borders, mainly to the USA.

Author: Turyst

18. The Dutch love coffee, drink more than tea or beer. On average, over 160 liters per person per year.

19. Every third person is born at home.

20. The Dutch are the highest in the world, the average height of men is 184 cm, and women 170 cm.

21. In this country is the lowest in Europe indicator of unwanted pregnancy and abortion in a teenager.

22. Only 3% of the population uses Coffee Shop. 80% of clients are foreigners.

Author: MR

23. The city of Delft has the effect of “great heaven.” Optical illusion results from a flat landscape and depression.

24. There are more pigs than people.

25. Vegetables from Dutch greenhouses are fed with half of Europe, although only 2% of Dutch people work in agriculture.

26. Strict regulations of building law and perfect gardening art create a picture of incredible order and aesthetics.

27. It’s hard to hit advertisements on the streets, and when they are, they are well thought out in the surroundings.

Author: Marta

28. In the city of Best there is a 2 meter mole monument commemorating the hollow of a 3-kilometer railway tunnel.

29. In the Netherlands, due to the high density of population and the lack of large forests, you get the impression that everything is very close.

30. The Netherlands is defined as a “godless” country in which deeds are important, not moralizing sermons.

Author: Marta

31. There are over a thousand windmills there.

32. There are twice as many bicycles as cars.

33. It is a country of tulips. They sell 6 million a year.

Author: Holender

34. For people with disabilities, the state provides housing and work.

35. A worker who has lost a full-time job receives 80% of the salary for another two years.

36. In 1953, the Zeelandia seaside region was completely flooded by the sea. 3,500 people were killed. People, however, did not give up, they drained the area and they still lived there.

37. There are over 10,000 special windmills in the Netherlands that pump water.

38. In this country everyone was needed, and everyone was all. It is said that God created the world, and the Dutch Dutch.

Author: Holender

39. There are 15,000 km of bicycle paths in the Netherlands. Some are even heated.

40. Everyone rides on bikes, even the Prime Minister and his ministers commute to work there.

41. In most of the workplaces there is a bathroom with a shower so that you can freshen up after coming on a bike.

42. There are over 600,000 bicycles in Amsterdam alone.

Author: Efcia

43. Self-twisted cigarettes are more popular than ready-made cigarettes bought in the store. The Dutch have come to their perfection so that they can do it with one hand.

44. Most of the Dutch people have their own caravan, which goes on holiday mainly to France or Spain.

45. The Ministry of Water Level deals with the complex defense system against sea and river water.

Author: Patrycja

46. In June and July, in fine weather, it is open until 23:00.

47. The Netherlands has the densest network of highways in the world.

48. The average height of the country is 10 m above sea level.

49. The number of windy days is 360 on average during the year.

Author: Patrycja

50. In Amsterdam, the punishment for drinking alcohol and smoking in parks is cleaning the streets.

Author: Irena

51. Position in the best world army list:
      – 2015 year – 31 place,
      – 2018 year – 37 place.

52. Number of soldiers:
      – 2014 year – 48,000 professional and 32 000 reservists, < br>       – 2018 year – 42 700 professional and 10,500 reservists.

53. Number of equipment:
      – 2014 year – 0 tanks, 1100 armored vehicles, 160 jet aircraft and 65 helicopters,
      – 2018 year – 0 tanks, 979 armored vehicles, 164 jet aircraft and 75 helicopters.

54. Expenses for the army:
      – 2014 year – $10,000,000,000 ,
      – 2018 year – $9,840,000,000 .

55. Maritime fleet …
      – in 2014 , the year was around 9 ships, in 2018 of the year it’s about 9 ships.

Author: Wojak

56. The permissible alcohol content in the blood of the person driving the car depends on the length of his driving license. Up to five years, the limit is 0.2 per mille, and above 0.5 per mille.

Author: alfa

57. Every citizen and tourist must have an identity document with them. This also applies to teenagers from 14 years of age.

Author: PoEuropie

58. Cyclists on bicycle lanes have absolute priority.

59. In big cities, parking even at night is payable. If you break this recipe you have to take into account the assumption of a blockade on the wheel.

Author: PoEuropie

60. Over 700,000 bicycles are stolen annually.

Author: Ola

61. The Netherlands sends 20,000 tulip bulbs each year to Canada for the support during World War II.

Author: Ola

62. We owe the orange color of the carrot to the Dutch, who promoted this variety of vegetables. Earlier, carrots in yellow, white and even purple were equally popular.

Author: Edyta

63. Over 90% of Dutch people speak English.

Author: Leon

64. The most popular Dutch language break is: Als vliegen achter vliegen vliegen, vliegen vliegen vliegensvlug, which means: when the fly flies behind the flies, the flies fly very fast.

Author: Poplątany Język

65. The country ranks second in the world in terms of the number of pornographic sites. There are over 187 million “+18” subpages on 1.8 million domains.

Author: Michał

66. Baarle-Nassau is a town on the border with Belgium. In 1995, an exact line was drawn, which is separated by both states. It cuts streets, sidewalks and even buildings. The principle applies – on which side of the line there is a front door, the building belongs to this country.

Author: wag

67. The Dutch word “lol” means “free” in free translation.

Author: Sandra

68. The Netherlands had only one tank during World War II, which did not take part in the fighting because he got stuck in the mud on the way to the front.

69. In Amsterdam, the wastewater treatment company extracts more than 10,000 bicycles annually from the sewers. It is not known where they come from.

Author: Ktosik

70. In recent years, the country has experienced a large decline in crime. In 2013, 8 prisons were closed for lack of prisoners.

Author: Rita

71. The tulip imported from Turkey in the 16th and 17th centuries was the favorite flower of the European aristocracy.

Author: Jelonek

72. Prostitution, abortion, euthanasia and partnership are legitimate in the Netherlands.

73. There are 1281 bridges in Amsterdam.

74. The port in Rotterdam, in terms of the tonnage of goods handled, ranks first in Europe and third in the world.

75. In the years 1962-1986 the port of Rotterdam was the “busiest” port in the world.

76. The most well-known Dutch companies are: Shell, DAF Trucks, Nationale-Nederlanden and Philips.

77. The Netherlands is one of the top three largest exporters of agricultural products despite its small size (it occupies 0.008% of the world’s area).

Author: Grzegorz

78. The minimum wage is EUR 1 507 per month, EUR 347.95 per week, EUR 69.59 per day and EUR 8.7 per hour (data from 2015).

79. The national average wage is EUR 2 158 per month (data from 2012).

80. The amount of income tax in the Netherlands is 25%.

81. Men and women can retire at the age of 65 and 3 months.

82. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 3.8% .

83. The average amount of the pension is EUR 1 477.

Author: Daria

84. 9 Dutchmen have accumulated assets greater than a billion US dollars.

85. The richest of them is Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken with assets worth over $11.6 billion.

Author: $$$NaBogato$$$

86. In the seventeenth century, the Dutch explore the western and northern coast of Australia called this area New Holland.

Author: Liliputek

87. In the Netherlands, an average person consumes about 9.9 liters of pure alcohol per year.

Author: AlkoWorld

88. The national alcohol is Jenever.

89. The most beer is beer – 47%, then wine – 36%, and spirit – 17%.

Author: AlkoWorld

90. In this country, compulsory education lasts 13 years.

Author: EduKacJa

91. The beginning of education begins at the age of 6.

92. The average IQ level is 100.

Author: EduKacJa

93. In this country there is 1% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 169 796 people).

Author: Reebeka

94. A national animal is a mythical lion.

Author: Kos

95. The change from daylight saving time to winter time (turning clockwise back one hour) is the last Sunday in October.

Author: Adrianna

96. Built-up area allowed speed depending on the area varies from 30 to 50 km / h.

97. Outside built-up areas, the permitted speed on the normal road ranges from 80 to 100 km / h, and on highways from 100 to 130 km / h.

98. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.5 promille.

99. In 2013, 570 people lost their lives as a result of traffic accidents.

100. 18.9% of fatal accidents caused people under the influence of alcohol.

Author: AutoMania

101. In this country, more than 9,612 thousand motor vehicles are registered (566 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants).

Author: AutoMania

102. In 1253, a fire broke out in Ultrech, which lasted for 9 days. A large part of the city was destroyed.

103. In 1452, Amsterdam stood in the heat. 3/4 of the city was turned into a ruin.

Author: Fiorella

104. In this country there are over 139 295 km of paved roads, including over 2,758 km of expressways (0.22% of all roads in the world).

105. In this country there are 29 airports, 23 of the paved surface.

106. The largest airport in the Netherlands is in Amsterdam. Annually over 54 million people use it.

107. In this country there are over 3 013 km of railway tracks.

108. In two Dutch cities there are metro lines (Amsterdam and Rotterdam).

109. In Rotterdam, there is a 78.3 km metro line (62 stations). It was opened in 1968. Annually, about 83 million people use it.

Author: Marlène

110. About 9,500,000 (2015) 9,800,000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

111. The average speed of fixed internet access is 15.6 Mb / s, and the maximum speed is 63,5 Mb / s (data from the end of 2015).

112. In this country over 2,400,000 (2015) 2,700,000 (2018) people have access to internet (approximately 31% of the population).

Author: NET

113. The country’s top-level domain is .nl . There are more than 5 081 370 websites with such an extension.

114. The most popular pages with the extension .nl are: google.nl, nu.nl and marktplaats.nl.

Author: http

115. This country has 2018 over year $35,984,000,000 in foreign exchange reserves (0.34% of foreign exchange reserves of all countries of the world).

116. The Netherlands has 612,500 kg of gold reserves (2018).

Author: Vinamra

117. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …
      – in 2015 the year is $891 549 000 000 ,
      – in 2018 the year is $826 000 000

Author: Komornik

118. Internal debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 year was 68.8% GDP, or around: $613 385 712 000 ,
      – 2018 of the year was 56.7% GDP, or around: $468 342 000 . To pay it off, each citizen would have to give around $27,583.

119. Foreign debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 the year was around: $4,154,000,000,000 ,
      – 2018 of the year is around: $4,694,343,000,000 .

Author: Komornik

120. In this country an adult person smokes an average of 67 cigarettes a month.

Author: VViki

121. In this country homosexual marriages are legal since April 1, 2001.

Author: Tęczowy

122. In Rotterdam there are over 345 buildings with a height exceeding 35 meters.

123. There are currently 5 “skyscrapers” in Rotterdam (buildings over 150 meters high).

Author: BobBudowniczy

124. At the beginning of the 17th century, New York was called New Amsterdam

Author: czarnaaaa 

125. The lowest temperature: -27.4 °C was measured in Winterswijk.

126. The highest temperature: 38.6 °C was measured in Warnsveld.

Author: weather

127. The most deadly disease in this country is lung cancer.

Author: medi

128. The average life expectancy in this country is 81.3 years (women – 83.1 years and men – 79.4 years).

Author: Wilga

129. 19 Dutch citizens received the Nobel Prize.

Author: redsun

130. The Netherlands is one of the 12 countries in the world that on April 4, 1949, after signing the North Atlantic Treaty, formed a political and military organization called NATO.

Author: Weteran

131. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

132. In this country, women having their first child on average 29.4 years old.

133. 10 women give birth to 18 children on average

Author: Nadia

134. The average age of people living in this country is 42.3 years.

135. The country is around:
2 843 000 people (16.73%) in the age range 0-14 years.
11 094 000 people (65.29%) in the age range 15-64 years.
3 055 100 people (17.98%) over 65 years old.

136. In this country, about 184,000 children are born each year (1.1% of the population), and about 147,000 people die (0.9% of the population).

Author: Sara19

137. The lowest situated place in the country is Zuidplaspolder – 7 m.p.p.

Author: Klemens

138. Baku (28 sq m m.) And Amsterdam (2m p. M.) Are the only capitals in the world that are below sea level.

139. In November 2016, a long-standing territorial dispute between Belgium and the Netherlands ended. Belgium renounced 14 hectares of land, and the Netherlands gave away 3 hectares.

140. The record heat wave that struck Europe in 2003, from June to September killed about 1,800 people in this country.

141. The percentage share in the global economy of the Netherlands in 2015 is 1.16% (for comparison, Poland’s share is 0.74%, and the United States – 23.32%).

Author: Setar

142. The Netherlands participates in the program of sharing American nuclear weapons within NATO. They have 10-20 heads.

Author: Araja

143. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is one of the 12 monarchies in Europe.

Author: KAsia

144. The Netherlands is considered to be the best country in Europe in terms of conditions for bringing up children.

145. Nearly 7% of Dutch citizens suffer from depression caused mainly by poor family ties.

Author: Luiza

146. The first regular airline flights were launched by the Dutch airline KLM in 1920. You could fly on the Amsterdam – London route.

147. On May 4, at 20:00, there is a minute of silence throughout the Netherlands.

Author: PiotrWW

148. In this country, the first Muslim political party in the European Union was established.

149. In this country, a person of 12 years of age is subject to criminal liability.

150. There are 18948 km2 of agricultural land in the Netherlands (56% of the country).

Author: Statyk

151. 39 people out of 1000 possess firearms.

152. The highest located city in the country is Vaals.

153. In this country, women have the right to vote from 1919.

Author: Statyk

154. In this country, the formalities associated with setting up a business last 10 days.

155. The country joined the UN on December 10, 1945.

156. The work week is 40 hours.

157. 66% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

Author: Statyk

158. 3670 km2 of the country is covered by forests (10.8%)

159. The last death penalty was carried out in 1952.

Author: Statyk

160. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 52%, and for companies – 25% (2018).

161. The tax on goods and services is 21% (2018).

162. The level of inflation in 2018 is 2.1%.

Author: Fan%

163. In the Netherlands, recycled biogas, called blomethane, is increasingly used for refueling cars. It can be used in any car with CNG drive. Biomethane accounts for 65% of gas consumption.

Author: Mika

164. At the end of 2018, construction of the world’s first floating dairy is planned to begin near the Port of Rotterdam.

Author: Bartek

What is the highest peak in the Netherlands?
The highest peak in the Netherlands is Vaalserberg (322 m above sea level).

answer: Marta

What is the largest river in the Netherlands?
The Rhine is the largest river in the Netherlands, 165 km.

answer: Marta

What is the largest lake in the Netherlands?
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What is the national dish?
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Which Netherlands has national colors?
National colors: orange.

answer: Marta

What is national alcohol?
The national alcohol is Jenever.

answer: Marta

What is the national animal?
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What is the national sport?
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Which countries borders the Netherlands?
The Netherlands borders with countries such as Belgium 450 km, Germany 577 km.

answer: Marta

What is the average age of people living in this country?
The average age of people living in this country is 42.3 years.

answer: Marta

What is the minimum wage?
The minimum wage is EUR 1 507 per month, EUR 347.95 per week, EUR 69.59 per day and EUR 8.7 per hour (data from 2015).

answer: Marta

What is the population density in the Netherlands?
The population density is 501 people per km2.

answer: Marta

What is the motto of this country?
Motto of the country – “I will defend”.

answer: Marta

What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?
The highest temperature: 38.6 ° C was measured in Warnsveld.

answer: Marta

What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?
The lowest temperature: -27.4 ° C was measured in Winterswijk.

answer: Marta

With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?
In this country, alcohol can be bought at 16-18. Alcohol higher than 15% from 18 years.

answer: Marta