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Netherlands

Background

Netherlands

The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

About

Holland redirects here. For other places with the same name, see Holland (disambiguation)

The Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Netherlands in short, (Dutch: Nederland, also commonly called Holland in English) is a Benelux country and a founding member of the European Union. The Netherlands border Germany to the east and Belgium to the south. To the west, the country faces the North Sea and the United Kingdom. The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands are referred to as "Dutch".

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Featured hotels in

Netherlands

NetherlandsCrowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade 

Van Stolkweg 1
The Hague 2585 JL
Netherlands

Price (US$): $168 - $3356 / night

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Location. Crowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade is a business friendly hotel located in The Hague, close to World Forum Convention Centre, Noordeinde Palace, and Binnenhof. Additional points of interest include Madurodam and Peace Palace. Hotel Features. Crowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 5 star property has a business center and offers a meeting/conference room and business… more »

NetherlandsConservatorium 

Van Baerlestraat 27
Amsterdam 1071 AN
Netherlands

Price (US$): $477 - $693 / night

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Location. Located in central Amsterdam, Conservatorium is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Stedelijk Museum, Museum Square, and Van Gogh Museum. Additional points of interest include Leidseplein and Amstel Business Park. Hotel Features. Conservatorium's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. Spa amenities… more »

NetherlandsAmsterdam Marriott Hotel 

Stadhouderskade 12
Amsterdam 1054 ES
Netherlands

Price (US$): $240 - $422 / night

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Location. Located in central Amsterdam, Amsterdam Marriott Hotel is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Holland Casino, Leidseplein, and Rijksmuseum. Additional points of interest include Museum Square and Amstel Business Park. Hotel Features. Amsterdam Marriott Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include… more »

NetherlandsBilderberg Garden Hotel 

Dijsselhofplantsoen 7
Amsterdam 1077 BJ
Netherlands

Price (US$): $146 - $303 / night

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Location. Bilderberg Garden Hotel is located in Amsterdam's Oud Zuid neighborhood, close to Concertgebouw, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Vondelpark and Rijksmuseum. Hotel Features. Bilderberg Garden Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). This 5 star property has a 24… more »

NetherlandsAndaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht - a Hyatt Hotel 

Prinsengracht 587
Amsterdam 1016 HT
Netherlands

Price (US$): $397 - $477 / night

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Location. Located in central Amsterdam, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht a Hyatt Hotel is within walking distance of Melkweg and Leidseplein. Nearby points of interest also include Begijnhof and Amsterdam Museum. Hotel Features. Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht a Hyatt Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Guests can enjoy a complimentary reception with… more »

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Netherlands

Full name
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Capital
Amsterdam
Location

Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany

Geographic coordinates

52 30 N, 5 45 E

Area comparative

slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey

Border countries

Belgium 450 km, Germany 577 km

Coastline

451 km

Climate

temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters

Terrain

mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders); some hills in southeast

Lowest point

Zuidplaspolder -7 m

Highest point

Mount Scenery 862 m (on the island of Saba in the Caribbean, now considered an integral part of the Netherlands following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles)

Natural resources

natural gas, petroleum, peat, limestone, salt, sand and gravel, arable land

Population

16,783,092 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Dutch 80.7%, EU 5%, Indonesian 2.4%, Turkish 2.2%, Surinamese 2%, Moroccan 2%, Caribbean 0.8%, other 4.8% (2008 est.)

Religions

Roman Catholic 30%, Dutch Reformed 11%, Calvinist 6%, other Protestant 3%, Muslim 5.8%, other 2.2%, none 42% (2006)

Languages

Dutch (official), Frisian (official)

Government type

constitutional monarchy

Independence

23 January 1579 (the northern provinces of the Low Countries conclude the Union of Utrecht breaking with Spain; on 26 July 1581 they formally declared their independence with an Act of Abjuration; however, it was not until 30 January 1648 and the Peace of Westphalia that Spain recognized this independence)

National holiday

Queen's Day (Birthday of deceased Queen-Mother JULIANA and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX), 30 April (1909 and 1980)

Chief of state

Queen BEATRIX (since 30 April 1980); Heir Apparent WILLEM-ALEXANDER (born 27 April 1967), son of the monarch

Head of government

Prime Minister Mark RUTTE (since 14 October 2010); Deputy Prime Minister Maxime VERHAGEN (since 14 October 2010)

Internet country code

.nl

Internet users

14.872 million (2009)

Airports

27 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Moerdijk, Rotterdam, Terneuzen, Vlissingen

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