[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Netherlands, literally “Lower Countries,” is a country of low land and a flat geography. It is a small but densely populated country located in Western Europe. Visionary architecture, vintage fashion, and street markets selling rainbows of fresh flowers, caramel syrup filled waffles, and delicious cheese are only some of the reasons people from around the world visit this beautiful and culturally rich country every year.
The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is one of the most popular tourist destinations thanks to its gorgeous architecture, liberal lifestyle, and intense nightlife. The city also has more canals than Venice and getting on the water is definitely a unique way to “taste” all Amsterdam has to offer.
Here are some more interesting facts about Netherlands, Take a look!
1-The Netherlands is the most densely populated nation in Europe with 487 inhabitants per square kilometer.
2-The highest point in the Netherlands, Vaalserberg, is only 323 meters above sea level. The rest of the nation is as flat as it gets. For example, Schiphol Airport is actually 4.5 meters below sea level.
3-Worldwide, it’s common for women to give birth in a hospital. Well, that’s not the case in the Netherlands since about thirty percent of all Dutch births take place at home.
4-Even though the Netherlands is considered the world’s tulip capital, the famous flower didn’t originate there. They were imported from the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century and eventually became the country’s national symbol.
5-Amsterdam is entirely built on wooden poles eleven meters deep. This is due to its soil, which consists of thick layers of clay and fen.
6-There are still over one thousand traditional working windmills in the Netherlands. Nineteen of these can be found at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk.
7-The Netherlands is home to some of the greatest painters of all time including Rembrandt and van Gogh. There are at least twenty-two Rembrandt paintings and 206 works by van Gogh in Amsterdam alone.
8-KLM (also known as “Royal Airline Company”), the Dutch national airline, was founded in 1919 and is the oldest national airline in the world still operating under its original name.