Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Netherlands: The Bicycle Capital of The World

The Netherlands is the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a small, densely populated country, lying mainly in Western Europe, but also including three islands in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government and parliament. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe – as large as the next three largest combined. The capital and largest city is Amsterdam. The currency is Euro (EUR) {US dollar (USD)(Caribbean Netherlands only)}.

The Dutch have a saying: "God made the Earth, but the Dutch made Holland." The North Sea would have washed away the Netherlands if the Dutch had not erected defences to protect their land. Over the centuries, the Dutch have built series of canals, dams, dikes, and pumping stations to keep the sea and rivers back.

When the country Nederland came into existence, Holland was one of the provinces that joined the new country. Netherlands is often referred to as Holland but it is important to be aware that Holland and the Netherlands are not two names for the same Country, but rather that Holland makes up two Provinces which together make up the region: Noord Holland and Zuid Holland, out of twelve provinces in the Country Netherlands. Despite this, the Netherlands are commonly called Holland in English.

Some interesting facts are:
1. The Nederlands is the largest beer exporter in the world.

2. 70% of the world's bacon comes from Netherlands.

3. The first country to legalize same sex marriages in 2001.

4. The Dutch are the tallest in the world with an average height of 184 cm for men and 170 cm for women. Some believe its the combined result of DNA and dairy.

5. It is only logical that the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum house the largest Van Gogh collections in the world.

6. The famous Dutch windmills were used to pump away water for hundreds of years.

7. Rotterdam is the second largest port in the world.

8. It is the bicycle capital of the world with more than 18 million in the country. That's more than 1 bicycle per person.

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For tourism details visit: @visitholland @NLTourismcom +MeetMr. Holland

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