A modern European country today, it preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality.
As a founding member of EU and NATO, and host to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands is at the heart of international cooperation.
Eastern Netherlands (Gelderland, Overijssel)Home to the largest national park of the Netherlands, Hoge Veluwe National Park, as well as the beautiful Hanzesteden, seven mediaeval cities along the IJssel River with a traditional historic centre, such as Zutphen, Zwolle, Doesburg, among others.
This article describes the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Caribbean islands Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba are "special municipalities" fully integrated in the Netherlands proper.
The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland, also commonly, but incorrectly, called Holland) is a European country, bordering Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and France in the Caribbean as the Dutch territory Sint Maarten borders French territory Saint-Martin.
The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands are referred to as "Dutch".
With over 16 million people on an area of just 41,543km², it's a densely populated country with its gorgeous capital Amsterdam being just one of many interesting cities.
Once a great naval power, this small nation boasts a wealth of cultural heritage and is famous for its painters, windmills, clogs and notoriously flat lands.
Even though the Netherlands is a small country, these provinces are quite diverse and have plenty of cultural and linguistic differences.
They can be divided in four regions: Western Netherlands (Flevoland, North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht)Commonly called the Randstad, this is the heart of the Netherlands with its four biggest cities as well as typical Dutch countryside.
Northern Netherlands (Drenthe, Friesland, Groningen)The least densely populated area, mostly unexplored by foreigners, but popular among the locals.
The West Frisian Islands are excellent destinations for a few days out, as are the Frisian Lakes.