The Netherlands and its people

Characteristics of the country, its history and the people

The Netherlands is considered to be a safe place to live, located in Western-Europe. With an average GDP per capita of 53597.83 US dollars in 2017, which is equivalent to 424 percent of the world’s average, the country belongs to one of the most welfare countries in the world. With over 17 million habitants living at 41.543 square kilometers, The Netherlands is also one of the most dense countries in the world, and the most dense country in Europe.

The country’s economy is one of the twenty largest economies in the world and is a leading global knowledge economy. Holland has a longstanding history of invention, moving around the oceans of the world, trading with other countries. In times of global, social and economic challenges, the Dutch find ways of how innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to grow.

The international mind set the country and its habitants inherited from its history and currently still possess , have resulted in a country that became a melting pot of internationals working all over the country. There has been a tendency for many years to attract foreign knowledge by providing them with attractive labor conditions, in terms of salary, significant tax reductions, options to obtain Dutch citizenship, etc.

Some other remarkable details which characterizes The Netherlands and its inhabitants:

- The Dutch are considered to be the best non-native English speakers in the world, with an average of 97% the people speaking the language (not always perfect, and sometimes even far from perfect)
- The Dutch have invented the stock market
- In the 17th century The Netherlands was the richest country in the world, with the VOC (Dutch East India Company) being richer than Apple, Google, and Amazon together. Back in the days the ships mainly left the country from the nowadays called provinces North-Holland and South-Holland, which explains why the country is also well known as ‘Holland’
- Technology and innovation have always been at the heart of the economy
- With ‘The Port of Rotterdam’ The Netherlands are in the possession of one of the largest harbors in the world with plenty of work involved. Huge quantities of oversea products entering Europe through the port of Rotterdam, after which these are distributed all over the rest of Europe’s mainland
- Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport is an important hub with connections to places all over the world
- People are characterized by being tolerant, open minded and direct
- Dutch children are the happiest children in the world
- Dutch are the tallest people in the world
- With an average of approximately 1,1 bikes per capita, there are more bikes than people in The Netherlands. The Netherlands are also number one in the list of most bikes per capita in the world
- The Dutch are famous for its windmills, cheese, and tulips
- Santa Claus is derived from a Dutch tradition called Sinter Klaas. This tradition is still existing and is each year celebrated on the 6th of December

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