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Background Stats: compare key data on Netherlands & United Kingdom

Definitions

  • Daylight Savings Time end date: Rules that determine the date on which daylight savings time ends. Clocks are moved backwards on this date.
  • Daylight Savings Time start date: Rules that determine the date on which daylight savings time begins. Clocks are moved forward on this date.
  • Full name: Full names (translated to english) of the United Nations member states, as of 2014. For a list of full names in the respective original languages of each country, check this link.
  • Land border length: The length of each country's land border. Islands are listed as having a 0.0 km.
  • National anthems: National anthem.
  • Neighboring countries and territories: The countries and territories neighboring each country. "L" means they share only a land border and "M" means they have only maritime boundaries. A blank means they share both.
  • Overview: A geopolitical overview of every sovereign country in the world, briefly examining their recent history and place on the global stage. The texts are taken from the BBC News website.
STAT Netherlands United Kingdom
Daylight Savings Time end date 01:00 UTC on last Sunday October 01:00 GMT on last Sunday October
Daylight Savings Time start date 01:00 UTC on last Sunday March 01:00 GMT on last Sunday March
Full name The Kingdom of the Netherlands United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Land border length 1,027 km
Ranked 119th. 3 times more than United Kingdom
360 km
Ranked 145th.
National anthems Wilhelmus ( William ) God Save the Queen
Neighboring countries and territories Belgium Germany Saint Kitts and Nevis (M) United Kingdom (M) Venezuela (M) Anguilla ( United Kingdom ) (M) Saint Barthelemy ( France ) (M) Saint Martin ( France ) (M) United States Virgin Islands ( United States ) (M) Belgium (M) Denmark (M) France (M) Germany (M) Ireland Netherlands (M) Norway (M) Faroe Islands ( Denmark ) (M)
Overview <p>The Netherlands&#039; name reflects its low-lying topography, with more than a quarter of its total area under sea level.</p> <p>Now a constitutional monarchy, the country began its independent life as a republic in the 16th century, when the foundations were laid for it to become one of the world&#039;s foremost maritime trading nations. </p> <p>Although traditionally among the keener advocates of the European Union, Dutch voters echoed those in France by spurning the proposed EU constitution in a 2005 referendum. </p><br> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17740800">Full Article</a> <p>The United Kingdom is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It has a long history as a major player in international affairs and fulfils an important role in the EU, UN and Nato.</p> <p>The twentieth century saw Britain having to redefine its place in the world. At the beginning of the century it commanded a world-wide empire as the foremost global power. </p> <p>Two world wars and the end of empire diminished its role, but the UK remains a major economic and military power, with considerable political and cultural influence around the world.</p><br> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18023389">Full Article</a>

SOURCES: Wikipedia: Daylight saving time by country (Daylight Saving Time rules); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states; Wikipedia: List of countries and territories by land borders (Land borders) (Note: land border lengths will vary depending on the scale by which they are measured, and therefore these figures without a source accompanied by an explanation of how they were measured and at what scale makes comparisons impossible; for more information see coastline paradox .); Wikipedia: List of national anthems (Anthems of United Nations member states) ("List of Member States" . United Nations . Retrieved 2011-07-21 .); Wikipedia: List of countries and territories by land and maritime borders; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014

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