Netherlands Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden

You and the Netherlands

The Dutch – all 16 and a half million of them – live in 41,528 square kilometres, little more than half the size of Scotland. This makes the Netherlands one of the world's most densely populated countries.

The Netherlands is best known for its tulips, windmills and clogs. And for its low altitude and vulnerability to flooding. Less well known is that the Netherlands has the sixteenth largest economy in the world, and ranks tenth in GDP per capita. Equally little known is that the Dutch have won Nobel prizes for chemistry, physics, medicine, economics and peace or that the world's planners and architects flock here to learn about Dutch solutions for this crowded country.

So what kind of people are the Dutch? What about their government and politics, economy, history, religion, the climate, their customs and etiquette, and particular ways of celebrating holidays and special occasions?

This section contains general information about the Netherlands from statistics and weather to detailed articles on the country’s government, history, society and customs. If you’re coming to the Netherlands or have just arrived, see also the information on visiting, living, working and studying in the Netherlands. The provided information is partly developed in cooperation with the publisher XPat Media.