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Fun Trivia on the Netherlands

There are many facts that you may not know about the Netherlands. Here are a few of them in a nutshell.

  • Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands is built entirely on wooden poles 11 meters deep. The thick layers of clay and fen in the coil content help the poles to be stable.
  • The Netherlands has a huge cycling population and has over 15,000 kms of bike lanes.
  • To give you an idea of how bike crazy the Dutch are, there are more bikes than people in the Netherlands.

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  • In fact, if you’re a pedestrian, you have to remember that cyclists have right of way in many lanes – there are specially designated lanes for cyclists where pedestrians are not allowed, and these lanes can be found all over the country.
  • Even though the Netherlands is very popular for the Tulips grown there, those flowers originally were brought into the country from the Ottoman Empire back in the 17th
  • This love for tulips has grown to making the Netherlands the biggest producer and exporter of tulips in the world.
  • They also supply up to 75% of the world’s flower bulbs.

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  • Keukenhof is the famous tulip garden and is considered to be the largest flower garden in the world.
  • Another famous symbol or landmark that is linked to the Netherlands is the windmill. These traditional working windmills are still in great condition and 19 of the existing thousand can be found in the Unesco World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk which means Children’s Dike.
  • Many people refer to the Netherlands as Holland. This is not the correct terminology as Holland comprises of the Dutch provinces of South and North Holland. This area used to be the strongest economic region of the Netherlands.
  • The Netherland is rich in natural beauty and landscapes with over 20 National Parks as well as countless wooded areas and water bodies.
  • The Netherlands is a liberal country and was the first country to legalize same-sex marriages which it did so in 2001.
  • The Netherlands is essentially a low lying country with half of its territory being only 1 meter above sea level, and a lot of the reclaimed land and over 20% of the country being under sea level.
  • You may be mistaken to think that only Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, but Frisian is another recognized language that is commonly spoken in Friesland, a province of the Netherlands.
  • Amsterdam is Europe’s Fifth most preferred tourist destination with over 4.2 million international visitors reaching its borders annually.
  • Around 17% of Netherland’s area is reclaimed from lakes and the sea.
  • The only mountain and the highest point in the Netherlands is located in Vaalserberg and is only 323meters high. This is considered a mountain as the country is mostly flat and just at sea level if not below.

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  • In contrast, the lowest point in the country is the Zuidplaspolder which lies at an incredible seven meters below sea level.
  • With a massive intricate canal system that winds through the city, Amsterdam has over 1,281 bridges.
  • There are nearly a thousand museums in the Netherlands and 42 of them located in the capital.
  • Most tourists buy clogs, miniature windmills, cheese and tulip representations as souvenirs from their trip.
  • Although the country occupies only 0.008% of the world’s surface, it is the world’s largest agricultural exporter.
  • Cheese exporting is a major business with a dairy industry which is worth an incredible Seven billion Euros.
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The notion of taking old wilderness and turning it inside out has hit the Dutch – and hit hard. Flavoland is a province in the Netherlands that owes its existence to a few biologists only a short while back. If you turn back time a century or two,

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The notion of taking old wilderness and turning it inside out has hit the Dutch – and hit hard. Flavoland is a province in the Netherlands that owes its existence to a few biologists only a short while back. If you turn back time a century or two,

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