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Interesting facts about the Netherlands
Everybody knows that the Netherlands is the country of tulips and windmills. But did you know that Netherlands is not only big on tulips, but on all flower bulbs? About 80% of the world’s flower bulbs come from the Netherlands.
On a more serious note, Netherlands has a very rich cultural history, as it was the home of painters like Hieronymus Bosch, or Jan Steen, but also of the famous sixteen century scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam.
For those of you who still call the Netherlands Holland, you’re in for a surprise: Holland is actually a region of the Netherlands. This means that not all Dutch people come from Holland, but all Hollanders come from the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is also a monarchy since… forever. Interestingly enough, today’s ruling monarch, King Willem-Alexander, is the first male monarch the country has had in 123 years.
Some other interesting facts that might also influence your stay in the Netherlands that you should know about are:
- The Netherlands has the highest English-proficiency in the world, with about 94% of the Dutch people being fluent in English;
- The people to surface ratio here is the highest in Europe. To put it in figures, the density is about 500 people/square kilometre;
- There are more bikes than Dutch people in the Netherlands, so mind the bike traffic!
- Another eco-friendly aspect about the Netherlands is that the Dutch government wants to ban the sales of gas and diesel-powered cars by 2025;
- About 22% of the people in Netherlands are not Dutch, but foreign residents, so you’re up for a very multicultural society;
- The Dutch are first in Europe when it comes to the most nutritious food offer, so the calories won’t be an issue to worry about;
- Amsterdam has over 100 bridges, so you might need a map just to learn how to get around from bridge to bridge (to another bridge).
10 most popular study destinations for students in Netherlands
2. United Kingdom
4. United States