Welcome to the Netherlands

Welcome to the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a country in Western Europe that is known for its history, shipbuilding, high quality of life, and flowers.

Map of the Netherlands

Basic Stats

Travel safety rating: 10/10

Targeted groups: No groups found

General Sanitation Rating: 8/10

Food Safety Rating for Foreigners: 9/10

Tourism Infrastructure Rating: 10/10

Fluency in English Rating: 9/10

Languages spoken: Dutch + English

These stats were collected through general studies by prominent institutions that analyzed the Netherlands' tourism sector. They represent the Netherlands as a whole, not certain parts of the country that are either better or worse-off. These studies were then summarized into a given rating.

Top Attractions

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam

The Hague

The Hague is the main administrative center of the Netherlands.

The Hague cityscape

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History

The Netherlands was conquered by the Roman Empire in the 1st century BCE. After briefly being a part of France, the Netherlands joined Germany in the 5th century. French control was expanded to the Netherlands again in the 6th century. In the 9th and 10th centuries, the Netherlands was frequently raided by the Vikings. In the 11th century, the Netherlands joined Germany, then known as the Holy Roman Empire, and the county of Holland was established. The Netherlands fell under Spanish rule in the 15th century and the Dutch became Protestants in the 16th century. After gaining independence from Habsburg rule, the Netherlands became one of the world’s foremost colonial powers and the country conquered large colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In the 20th century, the Netherlands suffered brutally during both world wars, and the country was home to Jewish figures like Anne Frank, who documented the worst moments of the Holocaust. After the end of the world wars, the Netherlands was a founding member of NATO.

Transportation

"The main public transport in the Netherlands for longer distances is by train. Long-distance buses are limited to a few missing railway connections. Regional and local public transport is by bus, and in some cities by metro and tram. There are also ferries." - The Wikimedia Foundation

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