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Netherlands

Facts and stats about Netherlands

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The Dutch can be characterized by the statement “intolerant to intolerance”. It’s true that the Netherlands are the leader in the world when looking at taboo topics, such as legalization of prostitution, soft drugs and euthanasia, leaving many observers ambivalent about the ethics of such legislation. But if nothing else, the Netherlands is a country of pragmatic people; historically the nation of merchants, the Dutch took over the world not by fighting but by trading. Since the citizens of Dutch colonies enjoyed equal rights as native Dutch, many immigrants from principally Indonesia and Suriname in the past century came to the Netherlands and stayed. This trend is continuing today, but supplemented with immigration from Turkey, Morocco and elsewhere, leading to foreign-born immigrant population of 10.6% in 2009. In an effort to integrate all the foreigners in the Dutch society, the Dutch government made it obligatory for everyone wishing to obtain Dutch citizenship to undergo “naturalization”, where not only Dutch language, but also culture and traditions are taught. In a land, where everyone lives on top of each other (at whooping 487.13 people per square kilometer, the Netherlands are the most densely populated country in European Union; except for city states, such as Monaco and San Marino), being tolerant is the greatest virtue, but even the Dutch weren’t spared the hysteria and violence connected to Islamic extremists, and lately the extreme right-wing is gaining more and more support among the people.

16.81 million

Population. Ranked 64th in 2013.

$46,054.41

GDP per capita. Ranked 14th in 2012.

Borders

Belgium 450 km, Germany 577 km
Largest city Amsterdam - 724,096
Capital city Amsterdam (official) - 724,096; The Hague (administrative) - 445,279
Major language Dutch
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit euro
Head of state King Willem-Alexander
Prime minister Mark Rutte
Alternative names The Netherlands, Nederland, Kingdom of the Netherlands, the netherlands, Netherlands, Koninkrijk der Nederlanden
Groups Christian countries, Densely populated countries, Europe, European Union, Eurozone, Heavily indebted countries, High income OECD countries, NATO countries, Non-religious countries, Western Europe, World

Interesting observations about Netherlands

Netherlands ranked first for internet > fixed broadband internet subscribers per 1000 amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2012.
Netherlands ranked first for gasoline > pump price for gasoline > US$ per liter amongst European Union in 2012.
Netherlands ranked first for trade balance with US globally in 2003.
Netherlands ranked third for exports amongst Europe in 2012.
Netherlands ranked first for population density > people per sq. km amongst NATO countries in 2005.
Netherlands has had the highest part time > part time employment rate > women since 1985.
Netherlands ranked first for internet > users > per capita amongst High income OECD countries in 2007.
Netherlands ranked second for budget > revenues amongst Densely populated countries in 2013.
Netherlands has had the highest employment > underemployment > working less than 20 hours per week > women > aged above 14 since 1987.
Netherlands ranked first for FIFA world ranking > men amongst Eurozone in 2006.

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The Dutch can be characterized by the statement “intolerant to intolerance”. It’s true that the Netherlands are the leader in the world when looking at taboo topics, such as legalization of prostitution, soft drugs and euthanasia, leaving many observers ambivalent about the ethics of such legislation. But if nothing else, the Netherlands is a country of pragmatic people; historically the nation of merchants, the Dutch took over the world not by fighting but by trading. Since the citizens of Dutch colonies enjoyed equal rights as native Dutch, many immigrants from principally Indonesia and Suriname in the past century came to the Netherlands and stayed. This trend is continuing today, but supplemented with immigration from Turkey, Morocco and elsewhere, leading to foreign-born immigrant population of 10.6% in 2009. In an effort to integrate all the foreigners in the Dutch society, the Dutch government made it obligatory for everyone wishing to obtain Dutch citizenship to undergo “naturalization”, where not only Dutch language, but also culture and traditions are taught. In a land, where everyone lives on top of each other (at whooping 487.13 people per square kilometer, the Netherlands are the most densely populated country in European Union; except for city states, such as Monaco and San Marino), being tolerant is the greatest virtue, but even the Dutch weren’t spared the hysteria and violence connected to Islamic extremists, and lately the extreme right-wing is gaining more and more support among the people.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014

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