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Study in the Netherlands

The Netherlands gets its name from the fact that around a quarter of this small northwestern European nation lies below sea level. Beyond its traditional associations (think windmills, tulips and clogs), it is one of the most developed and wealthy nations in the world, with a largely urban population. One of the most densely populated countries in Europe, it’s known for its tolerant and liberal ethos, and boasts a wealth of great student cities – none of which are more than a bicycle ride (the nation’s preferred mode of transport) away from some picturesque countryside.

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Fast Facts

  • Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (together with the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten)
  • Constitutional parliamentary monarchy with bicameral legislature, headed by prime minister (currently Mark Rutte)
  • Around the same size as Switzerland
  • Population: approx. 17 million
  • Borders Belgium, Germany and the North Sea
  • Capital city: Amsterdam (but The Hague is the seat of the national government, as well as the location of the International Courts of Justice)
  • Official language: Dutch
  • One of the flattest countries in the world; the highest point is only 321 meters above sea level
  • The Netherlands boasts 15,000km (9,320 miles) of bicycle tracks – and this is a conservative estimate.
  • Dutch people are the tallest in the world.
  • The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage (in 2001).
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Central European Time (UTC+1) switching to UTC+2 in summer
  • Most densely populated country in Europe
  • Around 90 percent of Dutch people speak English as a second language