Netherlands

Netherlands

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The Netherlands is the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a small, densely populated country located in Western Europe with three island territories in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. The largest and most important cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Amsterdam is the country’s capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government and parliament. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe – as large as the next three largest combined – and was the world’s largest port between 1962 and 2004. The name Holland is also frequently used to refer informally to the whole of the country of the Netherlands.

“Netherlands” literally means “lower countries”, influenced by its low land and flat geography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding one metre above sea level. Most of the areas below sea level are man-made. Since the late 16th century, large areas (polders) have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes, amounting to nearly 17% of the country’s current land mass. With a population density of 408 people per km2 – 505 (July 2016) if water is excluded – the Netherlands is a very densely populated country. Only Bangladesh, South Korea, and Taiwan have both a larger population and a higher population density. Nevertheless, the Netherlands is the world’s second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products, after the United States. This is partly due to the fertility of the soil and the mild climate. The Netherlands was the third country in the world to have an elected parliament, and since 1848 it has been governed as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, organised as a unitary state. The Netherlands has a long history of social tolerance and is generally regarded as a liberal country, having legalised abortion, prostitution and euthanasia, while maintaining a progressive drugs policy. In 2001, it became the world’s first country to legalise same-sex marriage.

The Netherlands is a founding member of the EU, Eurozone, G-10, NATO, OECD and WTO, and a part of the trilateral Benelux Union. The country is host to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and five international courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The first four are situated in The Hague, as is the EU’s criminal intelligence agency Europol and judicial co-operation agency Eurojust. This has led to the city being dubbed “the world’s legal capital”. The Netherlands is also a part of the Schengen Area. The Netherlands has a market-based mixed economy, ranking 17th of 177 countries according to the Index of Economic Freedom. It had the thirteenth-highest per capita income in the world in 2013 according to the International Monetary Fund. In 2013, the United Nations World Happiness Report ranked the Netherlands as the seventh-happiest country in the world, reflecting its high quality of life.


Country The Netherlands
Beach Hotel Noordwijk | Netherlands

Beach Hotel Noordwijk | Netherlands

Noordwijk Aan Zee, Netherlands
A simple life is fine with me. I don’t need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, More info
Bilderberg Garden Hotel | Netherlands

Bilderberg Garden Hotel | Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Experience the many facets of Amsterdam from the elegant Garden Hotel. The hotel is ideally located More info
Canal House Suites at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam Hotel

Canal House Suites at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam Hotel

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197 A, 1012 EX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Want to experience Amsterdam like a royal? Our hotel with iconic Canal Suites include a butler servi More info
Fletcher Hotel Restaurant Rooland | Netherlands

Fletcher Hotel Restaurant Rooland | Netherlands

Arcen, Netherlands
In natural surroundings in Limburg and on the Meuse, you will find Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Rooland More info
Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam | Netherlands

Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam | Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Luxury Five Star Hotel In Amsterdam, Next To Central Station Welcome to the Scheepvaarthuis, Dutch f More info
Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus | Netherlands

Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus | Netherlands

Scheveningen, Netherlands
Is there anything better than waking up at the seaside, with its fresh breeze, the murmur of waves, More info
Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin | Netherlands

Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin | Netherlands

Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands
Noordwijk: Always something going on! This hotel is located on the highest dune in Noordwijk, direct More info
Hilton Amsterdam | Netherlands

Hilton Amsterdam | Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Discover the Hilton Amsterdam hotel, famous for John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 ‘bed-in for pe More info
Hilton Rotterdam | Netherlands

Hilton Rotterdam | Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Hilton Rotterdam is set in the heart of the vibrant city center – alive with cafés, restaurant More info
Hilton The Hague | Netherlands

Hilton The Hague | Netherlands

Den Haag, Netherlands
Discover the unexpected In the old city center, Hilton The Hague is close to the embassy quarter and More info
Hotel & Spa Savarin Rijswijk | Netherlands

Hotel & Spa Savarin Rijswijk | Netherlands

Rijswijk, Netherlands
The home of Zuidhoorn is in 2011 reconstructed to an exclusive five star hotel. The classic impressi More info
Hotel Chariot

Hotel Chariot

Oosteinderweg 243, 1432 AT Aalsmeer, Netherlands
Hotel Chariot is an international 4-star hotel situated south of the centre of Aalsmeer. A town famo More info
Hotel De Echoput | Netherlands

Hotel De Echoput | Netherlands

Apeldoorn, Netherlands
This hotel is situated in a historic location amidst the splendid nature of the Veluwe. Over four th More info
Hotel Krasnapolsky | Netherlands

Hotel Krasnapolsky | Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands
A magnificent historic building with an exceptional location in the heart of the city, the NH Collec More info
Hotel Okura Amsterdam | Netherlands

Hotel Okura Amsterdam | Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands
The finest and most complete five-star luxury hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This modern, 23-s More info
Hotel van Oranje | Netherlands

Hotel van Oranje | Netherlands

Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands
This hotel, Autograph Collection® is perfectly situated right at the beach (of Amsterdam) and the li More info
Hotel Waalwijk | Netherlands

Hotel Waalwijk | Netherlands

Waalwijk, Netherlands
Hotel Waalwijk **** is located in the center of Waalwijk 4 minutes drive from the Efteling. Our 62 m More info
Kruisherenhotel Maastricht | Netherlands

Kruisherenhotel Maastricht | Netherlands

Maastricht, Netherlands
Design hotel in Maastricht city centre Dating back to the 15th century, the former Kruisheren monast More info
Librije's Hotel | Netherlands

Librije's Hotel | Netherlands

Zwolle, Netherlands
Passion, the slogan of Jonnie and Thérèse Boer, is where it is all about in the world of the Librije More info
Mainport Design Hotel Rotterdam | Netherlands

Mainport Design Hotel Rotterdam | Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Your luxury hotel in Rotterdam Mainport is the most luxurious and modern hotel in Rotterdam. This br More info
NH Waalwijk hotel | Netherlands

NH Waalwijk hotel | Netherlands

Waalwijk, Netherlands
The NH Waalwijk hotel is just 5 minutes outside Waalwijk and the same distance from the Efteling the More info
Quentin Amsterdam hotel

Quentin Amsterdam hotel

Leidsekade 89, Amsterdam Centrum, 1017 PN Amsterdam, Netherlands
Our hotel is housed in a beautiful authentic 17th century historic canal house which overlooks one o More info
Rotterdam Marriott Hotel | Netherlands

Rotterdam Marriott Hotel | Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Inviting and elegant at the heart of Rotterdam Welcome to the Rotterdam Marriott Hotel! The leading More info
ss Rotterdam Hotel en Restaurants | The Netherlands

ss Rotterdam Hotel en Restaurants | The Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands
THE START OF NEW MEMORIES Eat, drink, party, get married, spend the night, enjoy nightlife, have bus More info
Van der Valk Hotel Heerlen | Netherlands

Van der Valk Hotel Heerlen | Netherlands

Heerlen, Netherlands
This hotel is situated near several airports. The accessibility of our hotel is therefore excellent. More info