25 Intriguing Facts About The Netherlands

The Netherlands, literally “Lower Countries,” is a country of low land and a flat geography (with only about fifty percent of its land exceeding one meter above sea level). It is a small but densely populated country located in Western Europe. Visionary architecture, vintage fashion, and street markets selling rainbows of fresh flowers, caramel syrup–filled waffles, and delicious cheese are only some of the reasons people from around the world visit this beautiful and culturally rich country every year. The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is one of the most popular tourist destinations thanks to its gorgeous architecture, liberal lifestyle, and intense nightlife. The city also has more canals than Venice and getting on the water is definitely a unique way to “taste” all Amsterdam has to offer. Though this useful information might motivate you to visit the Netherlands, it won’t teach you all you really should know about this amazing country. How many of you know that this country has more bikes than citizens? Or that Dutch people are the tallest in the world? Or that you should never mess with a Dutch kickboxer because he will most likely kick your butt? Want to know more? If so, then we’ve got good news, because we have 25 Intriguing Facts About The Netherlands.

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According to The Brewers of Europe, the Netherlands exports the largest proportion of beer of any country in the world at approximately fifty percent.

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Australia and New Zealand were discovered by the Dutch in 1606 and 1642, respectively. Australia was named New Holland after a Dutch province, and New Zealand was named after the province of Zeeland.

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The earliest recorded working telescopes were the refracting telescopes that appeared in the Netherlands in 1608. Their development is credited to three individuals: Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen, who were spectacle makers in Middelburg, and Jacob Metius of Alkmaar.

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The legendary Johan Cruyff, widely considered the greatest European footballer in history, became the first player to win the Ballon d’Or (the most prestigious individual award in soccer, awarding the best player in the world) three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974.

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Even though the Netherlands is considered the world’s tulip capital, the famous flower didn’t originate there. They were imported from the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century and eventually became the country’s national symbol (alongside their windmills).

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