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Everybody has heard of the Netherlands, but there are a lot of interesting things you might not know about it. The country’s name comes from the Dutch word meaning “low country”, a reference to the Netherlands’ low elevation. 25% of the country is actually below sea level! And only 50% of the country is at an elevation of 1 meter or higher. Much of the country’s land is reclaimed land, meaning that they created land where there used to be water. This ongoing process is accomplished using a system of dams, and traditionally, windmills to pump out the water. To illustrate the extent of this land reclamation, note that almost the entire province of Flevoland was reclaimed from the Zuiderzee.

Another thing that many people don’t know about the Netherlands is that it’s actually a kingdom containing four constituent countries: Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten. The latter three are all located in the Caribbean.


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20 gedachten over “Nederland – Het Lage Land TERUGGEWONNEN (uit de ZEE)”
  1. Fun fact:Netherlands is so overcrowded and urbanized that the only Real wilderness left are in some parts of the wadden islands and the wadden sea,all of the rest is either man-made or heavily modified

  2. The Netherlands is – are? – an intriguing country, which has given the world a lot. One should never call the country "Holland," because the country has stated that this is an incorrect term. As a patriotic American who knows his history, l know only too well that America's much-vaunted religious and political freedom stems directly from the Dutch de facto colony of Nieuw Nederland ("New Netherlands"), situated from 1625 to 1664 in today's southern New York, eastern New Jersey and western Connecticut. By the way, New York City's "forgotten borough," Staten lsland, takes its name from the "staaten," the states of the Netherlands.

  3. Nederland has some quirky borders with Belgium in the form of Baarle-Hertog, be good for you to look into this further

  4. I lived in the Netherlands for a university exchange term and was surprised by the public transit system (including regional trains, and local metro and bus systems). I think it's the most comprehensive and efficient system anywhere in the world. I'm sure part of its success is due to the high population density – contrast here in Canada, one of the least dense countries in the world, where many public transit endeavours would cost too much compared to the number of people they would actually benefit. People talk about the Dutch and their bikes (and it's true, the cycling infrastructure is beautiful too!) but I still won't shut up about the public transit over 5 years since leaving.

  5. Me when I arrived to the Netherlands: Hey these stroopwafels are pretty good
    Me when I left the Netherlands 6 months later: I don't think I can live without stroopwafels

  6. I live in NL more than 20 years. The south as you pointed out has at least on paper a Catholic majority. I noticed this in Eindhoven and certainly in Weert where people seem to very social reminding me of my home country Ireland. They also have Carnaval (they spell it this way) just before lent and especially in Limburg each town has a local tradition just for Carnaval week. Now I am back in Zuid-Holland and I am quite happy to call this home (Schiedam). But to the good people of Eindhoven and Weert here is a shout out!

  7. About the language.
    As a tourist, you will get by with English just fine.
    If you wish to live here, don't be like many other immigrants, living here for years, not learning Dutch and then complain how hard it is to befriend Dutch people.
    When I speak to a foreigner other then German or Belgian, I speak English.
    At home I speak Dutch.
    At work I speak Dutch.
    When shopping, I speak Dutch.
    Going out to a restaurant, I speak Dutch.

    When you are at work in the Netherlands, surrounded by 100 Dutch people, don't expect them to speak English among themselves just because there is 1 guy/girl that can't understand that language. They will speak Dutch and you will feel left out.

    ps. It will still be hard to befriend people.
    A friend to me, is someone who visits me at my place and whom I visit at theirs.
    This includes getting a phone call at 0330 in the night, that your friend needs your help immediately, your answer has to be 'I'll be there in 5'. That is a friend, that you can rely on, no matter the time or day.

    A contact on the internet is an internet contact.
    A contact at work is someone from work.
    Someone I know from the sporting club is someone at the club.
    Those are not friends.

    I don't let anyone in, on my personal life.
    I have 1 friend, since 1981.
    He knows me at a very personal level.
    A new 'friend' that wants to get at that same level ? …… Not a chance.

  8. Hi Paul, I love you videos. I learn so much. I live near Holland and Zeeland in Michigan. I learned we pronounce Zeeland wrong. When I was a kid there were several roadside (US 31) Dutch museums and a Dutch Village. Those are gone, but Tulip time remains (and a delftware factory). Thank you for all the wonderful videos on both of your channels.

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