Netherlands in a Nutshell

The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland, also commonly, but incorrectly, called Holland) is a European country, bordering Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and France in the Caribbean as the Dutch territory Sint Maarten borders French territory Saint-Martin. The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands are referred to as "Dutch".

With over 16 million people on an area of just 41,543km², it's a densely populated country with its gorgeous capital Amsterdam being just one of many interesting cities. Once a great naval power, this small nation boasts a wealth of cultural heritage and is famous for its painters, windmills, clogs and notoriously flat lands. A modern European country today, it preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality. As a founding member of EU and NATO, and host to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands is at the heart of international cooperation.


The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830, Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered German invasion and occupation in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The People

The Dutch, occasionally referred to as Netherlanders—a term that is cognate to the Dutch word for Dutch people, "Nederlanders"—are a Germanic ethnic group native to the Netherlands. They share a common culture and speak the Dutch language. Dutch people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in Aruba, Suriname, Guyana, Curaçao, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and the United States

There are variations in the human condition everywhere, and generalities are difficult. However, general mainstream behaviors tend to be conservative. Typically, mainstream people have jobs or educational goals, and seek partners for serious relationships.

Written on 09/10/2016 - 06:23 by Shawn Blade

Last modified on 02/22/2018 - 09:29


Eastern Netherlands

Home to the largest national park of the Netherlands, Hoge Veluwe National Park, as well as the beautiful Hanzesteden, seven mediaeval cities along the IJssel River with a traditional historic...

Northern Netherlands

The Northern Netherlandsis the most rural and unexplored area of the country.

Southern Netherlands

The Southern Netherlands is a region quite unlike the rest of the country. Especially Limburg and North-Brabant are distinct for their historic background, Catholic culture and, in the very south,...

Western Netherlands

Commonly called the Randstad, this is the heart of the Netherlands with its four biggest cities as well as typical Dutch countryside.


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Submitted 1 day 21 hours ago by CultureWhiz.

Despite the common image of the Netherlands as a liberal and tolerant nation, discrimination is widespread in the Netherlands. It exists as an underlying component of the nation’s self-centered culture. The Dutch are probably the most ethnocentric people in Europe. A common sentiment among Dutch...

Submitted 1 month 1 week ago by MarcosZeitola.

However, the International dutchies seem more travelled and interesting. Dutch people are just happy when something works and they don't bother looking for a better way of doing things. Because of this they are slow to adopt new technologies. For example, dutch people still use outdated internet...

Submitted 1 month 2 weeks ago by maxpain.

It's only argument against blandness is the red light district and the "coffee shops" that legally sell marijuana, but I see those more as tourist gimmicks than truly Dutch elements. My observations of Dutch people: Tall and attractive; very wooden, stoic, and somewhat unfriendly and rude; very...

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