Netherlands

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General Information

 

The Kingdom of the Netherlands (also commonly called Holland in English)  

Location

in Western Europeand in the Caribbean

Border countries

Borders the North Sea, Belgium, Germany, shares maritime borders with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Area

41,543 km2

Population

17 millions

Capital

Amsterdam

Official language

Dutch

Administrative division

The Netherlands is divided into twelve administrative regions, called provinces

Political system

Parliamentary democracy

Monarch

Willem-Alexander

Prime Minister

Mark Rutte

Parliament

The States-General of the Netherlands is the bicameral legislature of the Netherlands, consisting of the Senate (75 members) and the House of Representatives (150 members).

Currency

Euro (EUR)

Time

CET and AST (UTC+1 and −4), summer CEST and AST
 (UTC+2 and −4)

Calling code

31

Internet TLD

.nl

Electricity

230 V

Religion

Roman Catholic 30%, Dutch Reformed 11%, Calvinist 6%, other Protestant 3%, Muslim 5.8%, other 2.2%, none 42%

Ethnic groups

80.7% Dutch, 5% EUvarieties, 2.4% Indonesians, 2.2% Turks, 2% Surinamese, 2% Moroccans, 0.8% Caribbean, 4.8% others

International organisations

  • Founding member of the European Union;
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO);
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD);
  • World Trade Organization (WTO);
  • With Belgiumand Luxembourgit forms the Benelux economic union;
  • Member of Council of Europe and others.

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