10 Interesting facts about the Netherlands and the Dutch language

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about the Netherlands and the Dutch language, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. The name Netherlands comes from its geography, with 20% of its area and population living below sea level.  The high country, one metre above sea level, makes up more than 50% of the country.  The Dutch word “Nederlands” means The Low Countries and thus the name stuck.
  • 2. There are 23 million people that speak Dutch as a first language and 5 million as a second language.  Besides the Netherlands, Dutch is the official language of Aruba, Belgium, Curacao, Sint Maarten and Suriname.  Other areas where Dutch is used include France, has remnants of influence in Indonesia, is used in some communities of Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and South Africa.
  • 3. The Netherlands have 12 provinces, including South Holland, North Holland, North Brabant, Gelderland, Utrecht, Overijssel, Limburg, Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Flevoland and Zeeland.  Other municipality regions include from the Caribbean the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.  There are 1180 windmills in the Netherlands and has Keukenhof Park, the largest flower garden worldwide.
  • 4. Dutch cuisine can be regional, having Northeastern, Western and Southern influences.  In the Northeastern region you’ll find fish dishes, many types of sausages as well as ginger spiced cookies.  In the Western region you’ll find a dairy graceland, with cheeses such as Gouda, Leyden, Edam, Leerdammer and Beemster.  In the Southern region are stews, seafood and many seasonal dishes such as asparagus.
  • 5. Alcoholic beverages range from bitters in the Northeastern region, beers and Jenever in the Western region and local beers such as Trappist or Kriek in the Southern region.
  • 6. Gin was first invented in the Netherlands in the 16th century, locally named Jenever and was first sold as a medicine.
  • 7. Dutch people are the tallest in the world, no doubt the strong dairy influence has some part.
  • 8. Home to many painting legends, including Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Jan Vermeer or Piet Mondriaan.  Writers include the philosophers Erasmus for In Praise of Folly (imagine a Rodney Dangerfield monologue from a fools perspective), Descartes and Spinoza.
  • 9. Amsterdam is built entirely on wooden poles that go 11 meters deep on average, the Royal Palace at Dam Square uses over 13,000 poles.
  • 10. Home to the well known tulip mania craze back in 1637, where a single tulip bulb would be sold for ~1 Million USD in today’s dollars, making it the first recorded speculative bubble.  Originally imported from Turkey, it became a unique type of flower that grew surprisingly well in the low land climates.    Combined with the new found wealth of local shipping and trading merchants, the flower became a status symbol without comparison and the growth fed on itself just like any other pyramid scheme until the inevitable collapse, or no more rubes left to buy the hype.

Have your own networks with others in the Netherlands

If you regularly share content or work with people in the Netherlands, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Dutch, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, French and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in the Netherlands, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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