Interesting facts about the Netherlands

Posted on May 10, 2022      77

The colorful country of the Netherlands is a must on the itinerary of any trip to Europe. No, seriously, to visit the surrounding countries and not stop by the homeland of the Dutch tulips is too much. The architecture, the cuisine, the sometimes rather peculiar local customs - it’s all very fascinating indeed!

Facts about the Netherlands

  • The tricolor on the Dutch flag is the oldest in the world.
  • There are more bicycles than people. However, leaving your two-wheeled friend unattended is not recommended - they are often stolen.
  • Much of the Netherlands lies below sea level.
  • Natives of these regions discovered Australia and New Zealand, and founded the city of New Amsterdam, which was later renamed New York and became one of the most famous cities in the world.
  • The Netherlands still have overseas territories in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Holland is part of the Netherlands, not an alternative name for the country.
  • The world’s first international company (East India Company) was founded here, in 1602.
  • Dutch museums have over 200 works of the famous Van Gogh.

  • The locals dislike hats. In -5 degrees without hats go practically everyone, including children.
  • The capital of the Netherlands in two - Amsterdam and The Hague.
  • This country is the world’s number one producer and exporter of flowers and everything associated with them - seeds and bulbs, for example.
  • About half of the beer produced in the Netherlands is exported to the United States.
  • Such a popular drink as gin was invented here, and originally it was positioned as a medicine.
  • Almost all Dutchmen speak at least one foreign language - German, French or English.
  • The locals are characterized by a tall stature. The Dutch are the second tallest country in Europe after Montenegro.
  • One of the most popular topics of conversation in the Netherlands is the weather. And no wonder - it is distinguished by an amazing changeability.
  • Most of the Dutch stores close at 6 pm.
  • The highest hill in the Netherlands reaches 323 meters above sea level. And the locals proudly call it a mountain.
  • The Dutch anthem “Wilhelmus” is considered the oldest in the world.
  • The country has the largest artificial island in the world, the province of Flevoland.

  • Most Dutch people do not formally marry before having children.
  • The only microbial zoo in the world is in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital.
  • The Netherlands ranks first in the world in the production of dairy products.
  • Herring burgers are popular here.
  • About 40% of the country’s population is atheists.
  • Bad weather tops the list of reasons to emigrate from the Netherlands.
  • There is no free medicine, but compulsory insurance is relatively inexpensive and covers all doctors.
  • The Netherlands produces over 400 varieties of cheese.
  • The local city of Rotterdam is the second largest port in the world.
  • There have survived about a thousand old windmills. Almost all of them are no longer working, but they are protected as a historical heritage.
  • Alcohol consumption in the Netherlands is officially allowed from the age of 16 years, that is until the age of majority.
  • Tropical islands such as Aruba and Curaçao are part of the Netherlands as separate states.
  • The nominal head of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is the reigning monarch of the Orange dynasty, which has over 200 years of history.