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Test your knowledge about Holland! This factsheet tells you some interesting facts about the Netherlands, which are probably new to you.

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Do you want to know more about the Netherlands? Here are some funny facts about Holland you would not expect.

Country

·  The Netherlands and Holland are one and the same place?
·  Holland is the third biggest exporter of agricultural produce, preceded only by the US and France, even though only 4% of the Dutch population works in the agriculture sector?
·  The Netherlands has approximately 1,5 million cows, which together produce 10 billion liters of milk?
·  500 million kilos of cheese are exported per year?
·  When you arrive at Schiphol Airport, you are four meters below sea level? 
·  The highest point in Holland is in Vaals and is 323 meters above sea level, and is also the point where the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet? 
·  3% of the Netherlands consists of National Parks?
·  The canals of Amsterdam, the former island of Schokland, the fortifications around Amsterdam, the windmills of Kinderdijk-Elshout, the Beemster Polder, the Wadden Islands, D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station and the Rietveld-Schröderhuis are all on UNESCO’s World Heritage List? 
·  Flevoland, the twelfth province, was reclaimed from the Zuiderzee (‘Southern Sea’) in 1986?

Politics

·  Holland always has a coalition government, so it is a country of compromises?
·  Holland was one of the six founding members of the European Community? 
·  Amsterdam is the capital, but the government is in The Hague? 
·  The International Court of Justice (at the Peace Palace) and the International Criminal Court are both situated in The Hague? 
·  In the Netherlands, anyone aged 14  or older is obliged to carry an original and valid proof of identity?

Windmills

·  Holland still has around a thousand old-fashioned working windmills
·  The mills in the Netherlands represent the age-long battle against water?

Museums

·  The Van Gogh collections in the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum are the largest in the world?
·  Holland has the highest concentration of museums in the world? 

City

·  Amsterdam was built entirely on piles?
·  Amsterdam has over 1200 bridges?
·  Rotterdam is one of the largest ports in the world?
·  Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel is 6.76 meters below sea level, which is the lowest point in Holland?

Cycling

·  Every Dutch person owns a bike and there are twice as many bikes as there are cars?
·  Holland has no less than 32,000 km of cycle paths?

Water

·  26% of the Netherlands is under sea level?
·  Holland has more than 4,400 km of navigable rivers, canals and lakes?
·  You can see how Holland waged war against the sea at Deltapark Neeltje Jans in Zeeland? 

Culture

·  The Dutch are the tallest people in the world? 
·  Most Dutch people speak a foreign language as well as Dutch?
·  The Dutch saying “Act normally, that’s crazy enough” fits the Dutch like a glove?
·  Saint Nicholas’ Eve on 5 December is the Netherlands’ number one traditional holiday?
·  There is no country in the world where more liqorice is consumed than in the Netherlands: 32 million kilos per year?
·  On average, the Dutch eat 14.3 kg of cheese per person per year?
·  Many of the Dutch eat raw herring with onions using only their hands?
·  King Willem-Alexander, takes personal interest in water management?

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