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The Netherlands borders Germany to its east as well as shares its maritime borders with Belgium and the United Kingdom. To its North and West, Holland extends to the North Sea; to its south is bordering Belgium. Welcome to the land of the Tulip and magnificent Windmills!

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Total area: 41 543 km² (16,039 sq. miles)

Population: 16,847,007 (2012 Estimate)

 

 

 

 

General

Officially known as the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Netherlands is a constituent country located primarily in the North-West part of Europe, with also several islands in its constituent domain, e.g. the Caribbean. The Netherlands, -wrongly perhaps, but there you go- is often referred to as Holland, where North and South Holland are actually only two of its twelve provinces.


Since 1848, it is a parliamentary democracy organized as a unitary state and has been a constitutional monarchy since 1815. The country capital is Amsterdam and the seat of government is The Hague. At present, Queen Beatrix is its monarch and acts as the head of state.

Geographically the Netherlands is a low-lying country, with about 25% of its area and 21% of its population located below sea level and about 50% of its land lying less than one metre above sea level. This distinct feature contributes to the country's name, as apart from Holland itself, countries in its immediate vicinity such as France, Germany and more, refer to it as "(The) Low Countries" or "Low Country" in their native languages.

The country is divided into two main parts by three large rivers, the Rhine (Rijn) and its main distributaries, the Waal and the Meuse (Maas). These rivers functioned as a natural barrier between earlier fiefdoms and hence created traditionally a cultural divide, as is evident in some phonetic traits that are recognizable north and south of these "Large Rivers" (de Grote Rivieren).

Most of the areas below sea level are man-made, caused by centuries of extensive and poorly controlled peat extraction, lowering the surface by several meters. Even in flooded areas peat extraction continued through turf dredging. As from the late 16th century land reclamation started and large polder areas are now preserved through elaborate drainage systems with dikes, canals and pumping stations. Much of the Netherlands is formed by the estuary of three important European rivers, which together with their distributaries form the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta. Most of the country is very flat, with the exception of foothills in the far southeast and several low-hill ranges in the central parts. The southwestern part of the Netherlands is a river delta.

The Netherlands is no stranger to Floods. Additionally, the Netherlands is one of the countries that may suffer most from climatic change. Not only is the rising sea a problem, but also erratic weather patterns may cause the rivers to overflow. This was best tackled with the construction of the Delta Works, a comprehensive set of civil works throughout the Dutch coast.

 

Sources: About Holland, Wikipedia

 

Weather

 

The Netherlands receives a fairly steady flow of rainfall throughout the year, with April and May on average being it’s driest of months. It has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Daytime temperature varies from 2°C - 6°C (35.6°F - 42.8°F) in the winter and 17°C - 20°C (62.6°F - 68°F) in the summer.

Since the country is small there is little variation in climate from region to region, although the marine influences are less as one moves further inland. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, with a relatively dryer period from April to September.

Especially in fall and winter, strong atlantic low-pressure systems can bring gales and uncomfortable weather. Sometimes easterly winds can cause a more continental type of weather, warm and dry in the summer, but cold and clear in the winter with temperatures sometimes far below zero. Holland is a flat country and has often breezy conditions, although more in the winter than in the summer, and more among the coastal areas than inland.

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Tourism

Tourism is an important economic sector of the Dutch economy. The country receives some 10 million foreign visitors every year (9,921,000 overseas visitors in 2009), primarily from GERMANY, the UNITED KINGDOM, the UNITED STATES, Israel and Belgium.

The Netherlands is a densely populated country. Amsterdam is the capital and largest city known for its many canals, historic buildings, red light district (De Wallen) and cannabis coffee shops. While there are many attractions that draw visitors to the Netherlands — including the friendly and straightforward people, charming old city architecture, world-class museums and elegant canal scenes — nearly a quarter of this city’s more than four million foreign tourists a year will visit its coffee shops.

Other favorite tourist destinations in the Netherlands are cities like the royal seat, The Hague, with its city centre, beaches and Madurodam (a miniature city). Modern Rotterdam is known for its harbor, shopping and skyline and cities Delft and Utrecht are former rich trading cities. In the south, Maastricht is one of the oldest Roman cities, and a very old village called Valkenburg lying in a landscape with old castles and hills.

Sources: Trading Economics, Wikipedia

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Car Hire in the Netherlands with MisterHire.Com

Our car rental partners in the Netherlands are well known household names. Through their extensive network, we compare and then present to you the best deals available at any given time and location amongst such firms. Its useful to bear in mind that our rental car rates (as opposed with other travel sites) in the Netherlands and beyond, are inclusive of many insurances and fees, which are usuallly being charged locally following a booking from other agents and sometimes, even when booking direct from car hire companies themselves. You may rest assure here that the online price you booked with us is the end price. Period!

 

Speed limits* in the Netherlands

•    120 km/h (75 mph) on Motorways (autosnelwegen);
•    100 km/h (62 mph) in Urban areas;
•    60-80 km/h (37-50 mph) on Regional roads (provinciale wegen);
•    30-50 km/h (19-31 mph) inside cities.

 

(*) Please be made aware that Traffic cameras are pervasive throughout the Netherlands and tickets for traveling even 2-5 km/h over the limit are common.

 

Source: Wikipedia

 

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