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Introduction to The Netherlands

Welcome to The Netherlands, this is our official name. Land well known by their windmills, tulips and dikes. The Netherlands is also beneath sea level. The “Lowlands”’ this goes only for our Western part of the country. Halfway to the East parts of our country will be more hilly and forested. The threat of water is not only because of the sea but also from the large rivers which bring lots of water in wet seasons. In the 18th and 19th century about 10.000 windmills pumped  water out of the “polder” in order to drain and secure the country. Nowadays about 1000 windmills have survived and still operate. Next to windmills which drain they grind corn, saw wood and press oil.

Famous Kinderdijk has 19 windmills in a row to drain water from the area. The word polder means an “area artificially kept dry” it is a very dutch word to be found in many foreign dictionaries including the English!

Enjoy our country! Enjoy The Netherlands! Enjoy Holland!

Welcome to Holland, our other name.

Our wooden shoes are more a cultural pheromenon than that they are practical. About 5000 Dutch people still wear them on a daily basis but the number, including the wooden shoemaker, is diminishing. Every late Spring the tulip fields are in full bloom and attract millions of tourists.

The Netherlands occupies an area of almost 42.000 km and is situated in Europa on the most Western part of the Eurasian continent. It is one of the smaller European countries. Small country but the largest in the world in export of dairy products. “Gouda”and “Edam” are names of our world famous cheeses. The Netherlands are also world leading in water management, environment and nature preserve programs, spatial planning and research and high-tech projects.



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