Netherlands

Did you know?

The average height of Dutch men is 183cm (6ft), making them the tallest people in the world. Maybe it has something to do with cycling as Netherlands owns more bicycle than any other country 🙂

Amsterdam has over 1,200 bridges, quite surprising to believe as the whole city is built on swamy land with millions of wooden poles going as deep as 12 metres.

More about Netherlands:

ContinentEurope
Area41,850 sq. km (134th in the world)
Capital CityAmsterdam, The Hague
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
Official LanguageDutch
Father of NationWilliam I
CurrencyThe Euro
National FlowerThe Daisy
National AnimalLion
National BirdBlack-tailed Godwits
National DishStamppot
National SportsFootball
Dominant ReligionRoman Catholic
Population17.8 million (2023)
Per Capita Income55,985 USD (2022)

Short History:

The history of the Netherlands is a tale of resilience, trade, and cultural richness. The region emerged as a collection of feudal states in the medieval period, with cities like Amsterdam gaining prominence as trading hubs. The 16th century saw the Dutch Revolt against Spanish rule, resulting in the establishment of the Dutch Republic in the early 17th century. This Golden Age was marked by economic prosperity, artistic achievements, and maritime prowess. However, the 18th century brought a decline, and the French occupation in the late 18th century led to a brief period of annexation. The 19th century witnessed the establishment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the country remained neutral in both World Wars. Post-war, the Netherlands experienced rapid economic growth, becoming known for its social policies and commitment to international cooperation. Today, the Netherlands is a modern, progressive nation, celebrated for its cultural heritage, innovative spirit, and contributions to global affairs.