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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Netherlands

23 July 2015

20 Things you didn’t know about Netherlands

When you think of Netherlands the first things that pop into your head are windmills, tulips and wooden shoes. But, Netherlands is way more than that and that is why we’ve decided to put together some interesting facts about it, just for you. Here are the 20 things you didn’t know about Netherlands!

The name of the country which means “low country”, was chosen this why because of its flat surface and the fact that most of the country is 1 m above the sea level.

It is a wonderful country to visit with a great cultural identity, that it will make you fall in love with it instantly. If you have not yet decided on your next romantic vacation, let me just say that the Keukenhof Gardens is a place like you have not seen before!

Also, if you’re looking for a more open minded experience, Amsterdam is the perfect destination, where you and your friends are gonna have a great time. These are the 20 things you didn’t know about Netherlands!

1. Every year, the Dutch people consume around 12 million kilograms of herring. They cook it with chopped onion and pickles and it is considered to be their national food.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Herring with onion; via snapeatrepeat.com

2. The Dutch people are considered to be the tallest in the World, with an average height of 184 cm for men and 170 cm for women.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
A tall and a short guy; via www.nydailynews.com

3. Because of the nature of the soil, the entire Amsterdam in built on wooden poles.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Amsterdam; via www.lugerarepublic.ro

4. In 2001 Netherlands became the first country that legalized the same sex marriage.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Gay wedding cake; via www.thebraiser.com

5. Netherlands is also known as “The Lands Of Bicycles”, due the fact that almost everyone here owns 2 or 3 bikes.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Dutch people on bicycles; via bikelanes.ca

6. Probably the biggest contribution, in my opinion, is the fact that 70% of the World’s bacon comes from Netherlands. Who doesn’t love bacon?

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Bacon; via www.sodahead.com

7. The Netherlands has a big lack of grave spaces, and that is why you can’t buy one, you only can lease them for 5, 10 or 20 years.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Cemetery; via en.wikipedia.org

8. The highest point is in Vaalserberg, and it has only 323 m, the rest of the country is flat as a pancake.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
View from Vaalserberg ;via straatkaart.nl

9. At an international level, most of the women gave birth in a hospital, but not in Netherlands; 30% of the women give birth at their own home.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Pregnant woman; via www.sheknows.com

10. Every year Netherlands export almost 1.3 billion liters of beer around the World, making it the largest exporter of beer in the World.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Dutch beer; via en.wikipedia.org

11. The Dutch people consume around 150 liters of coffee per year, making them the biggest coffee drinkers in the World.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Coffee; via onehallyu.com

11. If you are a Victoria’s Secret fan, you will be interested to know that Doutzen Kroes is actually Dutch, and she is one of the most well paid supermodel in the World.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Doutzen Kroes ;via www.celebritypic.tk

12. They are the World’s largest cheese exporters, and their entire diary industry is worth around  €7 billion.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Dutch cheese; via www.gouda-holland.com

13. In Netherlands, 4 out of 10 people are working part-time.

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Part time; via www.morganmckinley.co.uk

14. Despite the fact that most of the soft drugs are legal in Netherlands, there is a low chance that you will see a Dutch person getting high.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Smoker; via www.thehomegrown.com

15. Because most of the country is under the sea level, they are experts on keeping the water away. So, in 2005 during the hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government turned to the Dutch for their expert opinion.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Flooding in New Orleans; via michaelappleton.com

16. Amsterdam has 1,281 bridges, and if you decide to cross over one bridge per day, it would take you 3.5 years to cross all of them.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Amsterdam; via www.bhmpics.com

17. The Netherlands has the Wold’s oldest national anthem; it dates from the 16th century.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Dutch flag; via wallwidehd.com

18. Tulips are not actually native from Netherlands, they were imported from Turkey in the 16th century.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Tulips field; via secondglobe.com

19. Almost 40% of the Netherlands population are atheist, 30% catholic and 20% protestant.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Man praying; via cupegraf.com

20. Although the cannabis has been decriminalized, there are strict regulations. For example, as of 2012 it is illegal to sell it to foreigners, and it is also illegal to have more than 5 grams on you.

Things you didn't know about Netherlands
Dutch coffee shop; via www.huffingtonpost.com

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