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Once a great naval power, the Netherlands boasts a wealth of cultural heritage and is famous for its painters, windmills, clogs and notoriously flat lands. A modern European country today, it preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberty mentality. The Netherlands, or Holland as it is also referred to, is part of the E.U. and borders with Belgium and Germany.
The Netherlands is a great place to cycle. There are 32,000 kilometres of cycling track throughout the country. The land is flat, making it easy to cycle. Holland also has some of the safest roads in the world and the countryside is beautiful.
Holland has high standards of accommodation. Going out is affordable and varied.
Schipol airport in Amsterdam is the country’s main airport and is one of the busiest in the world. There are smaller airports in Eindhoven and Rotterdam.
There are many ferries connecting the likes of Hull and Newcastle in the U.K. with Rotterdam and other places in Holland. Crossings can take up to 11 hours and can cost up to €450 with a car.
The Netherlands is connected by train to many European countries including the U.K through the Channel Tunnel via France.
Although violent crime is rare in the Netherlands, pickpocketing and other property crime can be a problem in the bigger cities.
Although it is legal to smoke marijuana in coffee shops do not think it is any more legal to buy or sell drugs in the Netherlands. Do not try to bring any home with you either.
112 for emergencies.
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The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.
The emergency number is 112.
For travel tips on packing, camping, flying and much more, visit our travel tips section.
Citizens of EU member states can work and live in the Netherlands with no restrictions. They will also be treated equally in respect of working conditions, social entitlements and tax requirements. This also applies to countries in the EEA (European Economic Area) which is the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. Residents of Switzerland also enjoy the same rights.
The Netherlands has a large amount of foreign investment and has retained quite a low unemployment rate despite the economic crisis in Europe. If you are a highly skilled worker you will be in high demand in the Netherlands and can benefit from lower tax rates. High skilled workers include engineers, IT specialists and financial workers.
Workers from outside the EU/EEA will need a work permit which companies can get for their employees.
English is the main business language but if you are working for smaller companies, fluency in Dutch is desired as well as German or French.
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The Netherlands means “low country” in Dutch. The highest point is only 323 metres above sea level.
Many people know it as Holland but Holland is actually the western region of the Netherlands.
Rotterdam is one of the largest port in the world.
The Netherlands is the largest exporter of cheese in the world.
It once had 10,000 windmills.
Gin was invented in the Netherlands in the 16th century.
The Netherlands is a very liberal country. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001, euthanasia since 2002. Cannabis is legally sold in coffee shops. Prostitution is also legal.
Dutch people are the tallest people in the world.
The Netherlands is the largest beer exporter in the world.