The Netherlands is a country located in the West Europe. It also includes several small islands in the Caribbean descended from colonialist times. Netherlands has a population of almost 17 million people and the capital city is Amsterdam. The official languages iare Dutch and Frisian, which is spoken in the northern province of Friesland. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to have an elected parliament. Geographically the country is below sea level; with 25% of its area and 21% of the population located lower than sea level.
The Netherlands is also well known for clogs, polders and dikes, windmills and herrings. Queen’s Day is a national holiday, called “orange madness” where everybody wears, drinks and thinks orange.
During and after the Dutch Golden Age, the Dutch people built up a commercial and colonial empire, which quickly fell apart after the Second World War. The Netherlands has a developed economy and has been playing a special role in European economics for many centuries. One of the largest natural gas fields in the world is situated in The Netherlands. Amsterdam is the financial and business capital and also the 5th busiest tourist destination in Europe.
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