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Interesting facts about The Netherlands

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Interesting facts about The Netherlands

Interesting facts about The Netherlands: windmills, gin and carrots

Apart from tulips, windmills, clogs, gouda cheese and many other things, the Netherlands is more behind even more interesting things and facts. 

  1. The Netherlands has the tallest men in the world, 182.5 cm on average, while the Spaniards, on the other hand, can boast of being the lowest among European countries with a height of only 170 cm.
  2. As of January 2020, the Netherlands has officially stopped branding as “Holland” although until then they had proudly highlighted the name Holland as a national identity in tourist messages.
  3. The most densely populated part of Europe is the Netherlands, where, unlike Croatia, apartments and houses do not stay on sale for long, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, they also developed online tours and auctions for real estate. Unlike Croatia’s 73, the Netherlands has a population of as many as 508 people per square kilometer.
  4. Even ⅓ The Netherlands is below sea level, while one whole province (Flevoland) was artificially made in 1986 on the basis of polder and today forms the largest artificial island in the world. 
  5. Amsterdam alone has over 1,200 bridges, and there are over 1,000 windmills throughout the Netherlands that are one of the country’s trademarks.
  6. The Netherlands is the first country to legalize same-sex unions in the world. From 01.01.1998. it is possible to register a partnership, while same-sex marriages are legalized three years later.
  7. Orange carrots were grown by the Dutch by crossing purple and yellow carrots in the early 16th century to highlight the color as a symbol of their independence, and the complete orange carrot was created in honor of the 17th century Orange-Nassau dynasty king and is now the official color of the monarchy.
  8. The number of bicycles (22 million) is higher than the number of inhabitants (17 million), and on Dutch roads you will rarely see anyone with a protective helmet. Why? They believe that positive branding can influence residents to opt for a bicycle instead of a car or public transport, all in order to reduce environmental pollution and traffic jams. 
  9. The Dutch are also credited with creating the alcoholic beverage gin. The Dutch physicist Fanciscus Sylvius prepared the drink around 1550 and used it for medicinal purposes.
  10. Even ⅕ residents of the Netherlands come with a non-Dutch background. About 4 million are foreigners, and about half of that number are Turks, Moroccans, Surinamese and residents of the Caribbean Antilles. Rotterdam, for example, has 54% of the population with a non-Dutch background, while in Amsterdam it is one in three people.

The Netherlands offers many other interesting pieces of information, and the education system offers a lot of opportunities and flexibility for every student. 

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