Fun facts about Holland

Fun facts about the Netherlands

Everyone knows that the Netherlands is cut by canals, has many windmills and tulips. But to stay even more connected with this fascinating country and to know beyond the obvious, we have prepared a list with information and curious facts for you to be inspired and make an incredible trip!

  • Amsterdam is the capital and also the most populous city.

  • The population of the Netherlands is approximately 17 million.

  • Although the flag is red, white and blue, orange is the national color, as it is the official color of the Dutch monarchy. On the king’s birthday – April 27 – the Dutch dress in orange and celebrate across the country with outdoor parties, picnics and parades.

  • 40% of Dutch people say they have no religion, 30% say they are Catholics (the largest religious group) and 20% are Protestants.

  • The Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of tulips.

  • The Dutch are the tallest people in the world. Women are, on average, 1.70 cm and men are 1.84 cm.

  • The Nederlands (Dutch) and Fryslân (Frisian) are the official languages of the Netherlands, although English is also spoken by the majority of the population.

  • There are more than 1,000 windmills in the Netherlands.

  • The Dutch were the first in the world to legalize gay marriage in 2001.

  • Marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms are legalized for personal use.

  • An entire region was made from land recovered from the sea. Flevoland became a province in 1986.

  • The Netherlands is the lowest country in Europe, which is why it is also called the Low Country.

    26% of the country is below sea level. The highest point is Vaalserberg, just 322 meters above sea level, and the lowest point is the Zuidplaspolder, seven meters below sea level. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the largest in the country, is three meters below sea level.

  • The Netherlands has the largest concentration of museums in the world. Some of the most famous Dutch painters are Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen, van Gogh and Mondriaan.

  • This country loves cheese and is the second largest cheese exporter in the world.

  • The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of beer in the world. Mexico is the only country in the world that exports more beer than the Netherlands.

  • In the Netherlands there are more bicycles than people. There are about 18 million bicycles in the country, which cover 35,000 km of excellent bike paths.

  • The tap water has excellent quality.

  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport offers more direct flights than any airport in the world. In 2016, Schiphol operated 4,633 flights a week, according to a report by the Dutch economic institute and Airport Council International. Schiphol is 100% government owned and receives around 60 million passengers a year.

  • When they greet each other, the Dutch give three kisses on the cheek. So be careful not to leave anyone in a vacuum.

  • The port of Rotterdam is the second largest port in the world in size and quantity of tons transported.

  • Prostitution is considered legal as long as prostitutes are at least 18 years old and clients are at least 16 years old.

  • On the beaches, “semi” nudity is widely accepted. Of course, there are also official nude beaches with signs saying “Naaktstrand”.

  • There are about 10,000 houseboats in the Netherlands and more than 2,400 in Amsterdam alone.

  • In 2010, Amsterdam received the title of UNESCO World Heritage.