About the Netherlands

General information

The Dutch – all 16 and a half million of them – live in 41,528 square kilometers, little more than half the size of Scotland. This makes the Netherlands one of the world's most densely populated countries. The Netherlands is best known for its tulips, windmills and clogs. And for its low...

Infrastructure, agriculture and natural resources

A highly mechanised agricultural sector employs 4% of the labour force but provides large surpluses for the food-processing industry and for exports. The Dutch rank third worldwide in value of agricultural exports, behind the United States and France, with exports earning $55 billion annually. A...

Cities

The "Randstad" While it is of course no longer the case that the provinces of North and South Holland are the most advanced, it is true that most businesses are still located in these two provinces and Utrecht. The area as a whole, which includes Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam, is...

Dutch weather

The Netherlands, with its long coastline on the North Sea, has a temperate maritime climate. This means mild winters, cool summers and much more rain than its inhabitants would like. There are, of course, magnificent snowy days in the winter and great days for the beach and barbecues in the summer,...