NETHERLANDS

Information about travelling to Netherlands

Netherlands is located in Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany

Facts about Netherlands
Population16,645,313 (July 2008 est
CapitalAmsterdam
Time zoneUTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begin
Location Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany

General info about 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.
Languages spoken
Dutch (official), Frisian (official)
What about drugs?
major European producer of synthetic drugs, including ecstasy, and cannabis cultivator; important gateway for cocaine, heroin, and hashish entering Europe; major source of US-bound ecstasy; large financial sector vulnerable to money laundering; significant consumer of ecstasy
Ethnic division
Dutch 80.7%, EU 5%, Indonesian 2.4%, Turkish 2.2%, Surinamese 2%, Moroccan 2%, Netherlands Antilles & Aruba 0.8%, other 4.8% (2008 est.)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
0.2% (2001 est.)
Climate
temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters
Resources
natural gas, petroleum, peat, limestone, salt, sand and gravel, arable land
Economy
The Netherlands has a prosperous and open economy, which depends heavily on foreign trade. The economy is noted for stable industrial relations, moderate unemployment and inflation, a sizable current account surplus, and an important role as a European transportation hub. Industrial activity is predominantly in food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery. A highly mechanized agricultural sector employs no more than 3% of the labor force but provides large surpluses for the food-processing industry and for exports. The Netherlands, along with 11 of its EU partners, began circulating the euro currency on 1 January 2002. The country has been one of the leading European nations for attracting foreign direct investment and is one of the five largest investors in the US. The pace of job growth reached 10-year highs in 2007, but economic growth fell sharply in 2008 as fallout from the world financial crisis constricted demand and raised the specter of a recession in 2009.
Environment
water pollution in the form of heavy metals, organic compounds, and nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates; air pollution from vehicles and refining activities; acid rain

Cities in Netherlands

aalburg     aalsmeer     aalten     alblasserdam     alkmaar     almelo     almere     alphen     amersfoort     amstelveen     amsterdam     anna paulowna     apeldoorn     appingedam     arnhem     assen     asten     axel     baarn     barendrecht     barneveld     bedum     beek     beesel     bemmel     bergeijk     bergen     bergen op zoom     bergschenhoek     best     beuningen     beverwijk     bladel     blaricum     bleiswijk     bloemendaal     bodegraven     borculo     borne     borsele     boskoop     boxmeer     boxtel     breda     breukelen     brielle     brummen     brunssum     bunnik     bunschoten     bussum     capelle     castricum     coevorden     cranendonck     cuijk     culemborg     dalfsen     de bilt     de lier     delft     delfzijl     den helder     denekamp     deurne     deventer     didam     diemen     doesburg     doetinchem     dongen     doorn     dordrecht     drimmelen     dronten     druten     duiven     echt     ede     eersel     eibergen     eijsden     eindhoven     elburg     emmen     enkhuizen     enschede     epe     ermelo     geertruidenberg     geldermalsen     geldrop     gendringen     gennep     goedereede     goes     goirle     gorinchem     gorssel     gouda     grave     groesbeek     groningen     grootegast     haaksbergen     haaren     haarlem     haarlemmermeer     haelen     hardenberg     harderwijk     haren     harenkarspel     harlingen     hattem     heemskerk     heemstede     heerde     heerenveen     heerhugowaard     heerlen     heiloo     helden     hellendoorn     hellevoetsluis     helmond     hendrik-ido-ambacht     hengelo     heusden     heythuysen     hillegom     hilvarenbeek     hilversum     hoogeveen     hoorn     horst     houten     huizen     hulst     ijsselstein     kampen     kapelle     katwijk     kerkrade     kesteren     kollumerland     krimpen     landsmeer     langedijk     laren     leek     leerdam     leeuwarden     leiden     leiderdorp     lelystad     leusden     lichtenvoorde     liesveld     lisse     lochem     loon op zand     lopik     losser     maarsen     maasbracht     maasbree     maassluis     maastricht     margraten     meerssen     meppel     middelburg     middelharnis     mierlo     moerdijk     monster     montfoort     naaldwijk     naarden     nederweert     neede     neerijnen     nieuwegein     nieuwkoop     nijkerk     nijmegen     noordwijk     noordwijkerhout     nuenen     nunspeet     nuth     oirschot     oisterwijk     oldebroek     oldenzaal     ommen     oostburg     oosterhout     ootmarsum     opmeer     oss     oud-beijerland     oudewater     papendrecht     purmerend     putten     raalte     reeuwijk     renkum     rheden     rhenen     ridderkerk     rijnsburg     rijssen     rijswijk     roermond     roosendaal     rotterdam     rozenburg     rucphen     sassenheim     schagen     scheemda     schiedam     schijndel     schinnen     schipluiden     schoonhoven     simpelveld     sint anthonis     sint-oedenrode     sliedrecht     slochteren     sneek     soest     someren     son en breugel     spijkenisse     stadskanaal     staphorst     steenbergen     steenwijk     stein     strijen     susteren     terneuzen     the hague     tholen     tiel     tilburg     tubbergen     tynaarlo     uden     uitgeest     uithoorn     urk     utrecht     vaals     valkenburg     valkenswaard     veendam     veenendaal     veere     veghel     veldhoven     velsen     venlo     venray     vianen     vlaardingen     vlagtwedde     vlissingen     vlist     voerendaal     voorhout     voorschoten     voorst     vriezenveen     vught     waalre     waalwijk     wageningen     wassenaar     wateringen     weert     weesp     werkendam     westervoort     wierden     wijchen     winschoten     winsum     winterswijk     wisch     woensdrecht     woerden     woudenberg     woudrichem     zaanstad     zaltbommel     zandvoort     zeewolde     zeist     zelhem     zevenaar     zijpe     zoetermeer     zuidhorn     zundert     zutphen     zwijndrecht     zwolle    

National airlines
KLMairline website
Englishairline website


Airports in Netherlands
Amsterdam-SchipholAMS
WoensdrechtBZM
De KooyDHR
EindhovenEIN
TwenteENS
Gilze-RijenGLZ
EeldeGRQ
Metropolitan AreaHAG
LelystadLEY
ValkenburgLID
LeeuwardenLWR
Maastricht/AachenMST
Metropolitan AreaRTM
Off-line PtSPL
VolkelUDE
SoesterbergUTC


Beer in Netherlands (0.33l)
Alkmaar~ 0.1 EUR
Almere~ 2 EUR
Almere~ 2 EUR
Alphen Aan Den Rijn~ 1.3 EUR
Alphen Aan Den Rijn~ 1.3 EUR
Amersfoort~ 2.1 EUR
Amsterdam~ 2.7 EUR
Amsterdam~ 2.7 EUR
Arnhem~ 1.6 EUR
Assen~ 1.6 EUR
Assen~ 1.6 EUR
Baarlo~ 1.9 EUR
Baarn~ 2.2 EUR
Barneveld~ 2.1 EUR
Bergen Op Zoom~ 1.2 EUR
Bergen Op Zoom~ 1.2 EUR
Beverwijk~ 2.1 EUR
Bilthoven~ 1.3 EUR
Bourtange~ 1.7 EUR
Boxtel~ 1.3 EUR
Breda~ 2.7 EUR
Breskens~ 1.1 EUR
Brummen~ 3 EUR
Delft~ 1.7 EUR
Den Bosch~ 1.3 EUR
Den Haag~ 2.4 EUR
Den Haag~ 2.4 EUR
Den Helder~ 1.2 EUR
Deurne~ 0.9 EUR
Deventer~ 0.9 EUR
Doetinchem~ 1.3 EUR
Dokkum~ 1.8 EUR
Dordrecht~ 2.1 EUR
Drachten~ 1.1 EUR
Ede~ 2.1 EUR
Eersel~ 1.1 EUR
Eindhoven~ 1.2 EUR
Eindhoven~ 1.2 EUR
Emmeloord~ 1.2 EUR
Enschede~ 1.6 EUR
Enschede~ 1.6 EUR
Franeker~ 1.1 EUR
Geldrop~ 1.1 EUR
Geleen~ 1.3 EUR
Glanerbrug~ 4.8 EUR
Goes~ 1.1 EUR
Groenlo~ 1.5 EUR
Groningen~ 1.5 EUR
Grubbenvorst~ 2.3 EUR
Haarlem~ 2.4 EUR
Harderwijk~ 1.2 EUR
Heerenveen~ 1 EUR
Heerlen~ 1.6 EUR
Heino~ 1.4 EUR
Hilversum~ 1 EUR
Honselersdijk~ 1.4 EUR
Hoofddorp~ 1.8 EUR
Hoogeveen~ 1.3 EUR
Hulst~ 1.4 EUR
Kockengen~ 1.2 EUR
Kruisland~ 1.1 EUR
Leiden~ 2.4 EUR
Leimuiden~ 1.2 EUR
Lelystad~ 2.3 EUR
Lemmer~ 1.1 EUR
Linne~ 2 EUR
Lochem~ 1.2 EUR
Maasbree~ 0.2 EUR
Maastricht~ 2.3 EUR
Megchelen~ 1.9 EUR
Meppel~ 1.3 EUR
Middelbeers~ 1.8 EUR
Nijmegen~ 2.4 EUR
Nispen~ 1.6 EUR
Oosterhout~ 1.4 EUR
Ootmarsum~ 1.4 EUR
Oss~ 1.3 EUR
Overlangel~ 1 EUR
Panningen~ 1.8 EUR
Peize~ 1.4 EUR
Raalte~ 1.2 EUR
Roden~ 1 EUR
Roermond~ 2.5 EUR
Rotterdam~ 2.2 EUR
Schagen~ 2.1 EUR
Schiedam~ 1.1 EUR
Sittard~ 1.5 EUR
Soest~ 1.2 EUR
Son En Breugel~ 1.2 EUR
Terschuur~ 2.4 EUR
The Hague~ 1.4 EUR
Tilburg~ 2.3 EUR
Twello~ 1.9 EUR
Uden~ 2.4 EUR
Uitgeest~ 2.1 EUR
Urk~ 0.8 EUR
Utrecht~ 1.2 EUR
Utrecht~ 1.2 EUR
Valkenswaard~ 1.7 EUR
Venlo~ 1.1 EUR
Venray~ 1.2 EUR
Voerendaal~ 0.6 EUR
Vriezenveen~ 1.6 EUR
Waalwijk~ 2.4 EUR
Wageningen~ 1.4 EUR
Wateringen~ 2.3 EUR
Weert~ 1.5 EUR
Winterswijk~ 1.8 EUR
Zandvoort~ 2 EUR
Zijtaart~ 1 EUR
Zoetermeer~ 1.8 EUR
Zoetermeer~ 1.8 EUR
Zuidlaren~ 1.2 EUR
Zutphen~ 1.7 EUR
Zwolle~ 1.2 EUR

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