The Netherlands is located in northwest Europe and shares borders with Germany, Belgium, and the North Sea. Some quick facts about the country include:
The Netherlands’ capital is Amsterdam, although the country’ government is located in The Hague.
The Netherlands is part of the European Union, whose currency is the Euro. It is one of the world’s leading exporters of agriculture, but agriculture only provides jobs for 2% of the population because it;’s highly mechanized. Other important industries include food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery.
In addition to the land in Western Europe, three islands in the Caribbean (Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten) are also constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is 16,040 square miles, which is roughly the size of the state of Maryland. The population of The Netherlands is 17 million people.
Dutch is the official language, but most people speak and understand English, as learning languages is an important part of the education system in the Netherlands.