Quick Facts

  • Officially a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • The Netherlands in its entirety is often referred to as Holland.
  • North and South Holland are two of the Netherlands 12 provinces
  • The Netherlands is a modern, industrialized nation & a large exporter of agricultural products
  • The Netherlands is a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), OECD, and WTO
  • Many part of the Netherlands are below sea level; due to centuries of peat extraction
  • In 2011, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development ranked the Netherlands as the “happiest” country.
  • Climate: temperate; marine, cool summers and mild winters
  • Ethnic Groups: Dutch 80.7%, with a mix of Indonesian, Turkish, Surinamese, Moroccan, and Carribbean.
  • Languages: Dutch (official), Frisian (official)
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 30%, Protestant 20%, Dutch Reformed 11%, Calvinist 6%
  • Population: 16.73 million
  • The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam
  • other major cities: Rotterdam and The Hague (seat of Government)
  • Literacy Rate: 99%
  • GDP per capita: $42,183
  • The Netherlands are a major producer of synthetic drugs, including ecstacy, cannabis; important gateway for cocaine, heroin, and hashish
  • The Netherlands are a major source of US-bound ecstacy; large financial sector vulnerable to money laundering.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Constitutional Monarchy, Unitary parliamentary representative democracy

  • Monarch: Beatrix der Nederlanden
  • Prime Minister: Mark Rutte
  • Deputy Prime Minister: Maxime Verhagen

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 80.91 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 9 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 3.73 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Physicians density: 3.921/1,000 population
  • Population with HIV/AIDS: 0.2%
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Communications are obviously a key component in planning a trip and coordinating logistics. Depending on the country, there may be several options available. Several aspects of communication are discussed here to help you along. Cell phones – Cellular phone technology is usually an option in most countries, but varies depending on your type of carrier. To check and see […]


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