The Neherlands is a wonderful place to travel to. It’s history is full of interesting facts – here a a few of them.
The Netherlands is the world’s second-largest exporter of food, flowers, and agricultural products, after the United States.
Holland is a word that is used to describe The Netherlands.
It’s readily associated with windmills, wooden shoes, beer, tulips, and cheese.
Old Holland consisted of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The three were once one country – generally known as Holland.
Between 1588 and 1795, the area currently known as The Netherlands was the Republic of Seven United Netherlands.
The republic was conquered by French troops in 1795 and became the Bat-avian Republic. Napoleon appointed his brother Louis as king in 1806, turning the country into a kingdom.
The Netherlands remained a kingdom after Napoleon’s defeat. At that time, the area called “Holland” made the biggest contribution to the entire nation’s economy and wealth.
As such the name Holland became the commonly used term to indicate the entire country.
Pay Bas is another name associated with The Netherlands.
The Benelux Union refers to the political, cultural, and economic union of three Western Europe states.
Namely Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
Benelux is a cobination derived from the first two or three letters of the names of each of these countries.
The Benelux Union is one of the oldest economic unions in the world.
The union was established to promote cooperation and economic integration within the member states.
The Benelux was established in September of 1944 at the London Customs Convention, and took effect until 1948 – when the countries economies stabilized from the consequences of World War II.
The member states agreed on lowering custom duties and import duties, eliminating import quotas, and easing other trade restrictions among the union members.
West Germany, Italy, and France joined the Benelux Union in 1951.
The union grew to become the European Economic Community and later the European Union.
The European Union took prominence over the Benelux union.
Nonetheless the Benelux Union continues to a strong pillar in the Dutch, Belgium, and Luxembourg culture, and a very important part of their history.
The three largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Amsterdam being the capital.
When the United States formed the government consisting of the first 13 states, English became the official language of the United States by one vote – Dutch in second place and French came close with fewer votes – took third place.
The port of Rotterdam is the world’s largest port outside East-Asia, and by far the largest port in Europe.
Most people to date call The Netherlands; Holland.
The Netherlands means “lower countries”, influenced by its low land and flat geography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding one meter above sea level.
The Netherlands also counts with a active beach area.
Very close to the dunes (man helped mountains). The dutch built them to keep the sea from invading their land. A great place to ride bike. One of the nicest sites in the area is watching people of all ages ride bike.
It’s not rare to see someone in their eighties ride bike. A site that makes the human heart rejoice.
Don’t forget to take a boat trip…. Let me know how it was……