|Area Total||41,543 sq km|
|Climate||temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters|
|Natural Resources||natural gas, petroleum, peat, limestone, salt, sand and gravel, arable land|
|Imports||$China 16.4%, Germany 15.3%, Belgium 8.5%, US 6.9%, UK 5.1%, Russia 4.3% (2017) – machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs, clothing|
|Exports||Germany 24.2%, Belgium 10.7%, UK 8.8%, France 8.8%, Italy 4.2% (2017) – machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, mineral fuels; food and livestock, manufactured goods|
|Government||parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|Capital||Amsterdam; note – The Hague is the seat of government|
|Population||17.2 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||Dutch 76.9%, EU 6.4%, Turkish 2.4%, Moroccan 2.3%, Indonesian 2.1%, German 2.1%, Surinamese 2%, Polish 1%, other 4.8% (2018 est.)|
|Language||Dutch (official); Frisian, Low Saxon, Limburgish, Romani, and Yiddish|
News about the Netherlands
- Biggest ever Gianni Versace exhibition opens at Groninger Museumby Deborah (DutchNews.nl) on December 3, 2022
His designs were flashy and extravagant, even vulgar in the eyes of some critics, but couturier Gianni Versace’s unmistakable brand...
- Situation facing migrant workers ‘not worthy of NL’, minister saysby robin (DutchNews.nl) on December 3, 2022
Social affairs minister Karien van Gennip has pledged to take action to improve the housing and working conditions of people...
- Dutch won’t sent minister to watch World Cup Oranje US tieby robin (DutchNews.nl) on December 2, 2022
The Netherlands will not send any more government officials to the World Cup in Qatar unless it is politically expedient...
- Deposits on cans delayed after all, April 1 new introduction dateby robin (DutchNews.nl) on December 2, 2022
Cans used for soft drinks and beer will carry a deposit of 15 cents from April, not January as planned,...
- Schengen: Dutch poised to say no to Bulgaria, yes to Romaniaby robin (DutchNews.nl) on December 2, 2022
The Netherlands will support Romania and Croatia’s accession to the Schengen zone at next week’s meeting in Brussels but will...
- Ukrainian embassy is sent parcel of animal eyes, drenched in bloodby robin (DutchNews.nl) on December 2, 2022
The Ukrainian embassy in The Hague, as well as Ukraine’s embassies in Hungary, Poland, Croatia and Italy, have been sent...
- Resistance museum’s ‘new perspective’ not welcomed by allby hanneke (DutchNews.nl) on December 2, 2022
A new exhibition at Amsterdam’s Verzetsmuseum (resistance museum), juxtaposing collaborators and resistance fighters has opened to mixed reviews. The museum,...
- FvD data leak leaves 93,000 members and former members exposedby robin (DutchNews.nl) on December 2, 2022
An IT failure in the app launched last weekend by far right party Forum voor Democratie has placed the names,...
- Chilly weather set to stay but a grey Christmas is on the cardsby robin (DutchNews.nl) on December 2, 2022
The weather is turning colder with a chance of night frosts, but snow is unlikely well into December, the KNMI...
- Limburg heads list of farm buy outs with 25 this yearby hanneke (DutchNews.nl) on December 2, 2022
Some 25 farmers in Limburg have agreed to an earlier government buyout this year as the deadline to participate in...
- Up to 3,000 ‘peak polluters’ given last chance to close by Dutch governmentby Senay Boztas (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 30, 2022
State attempts to push through plans to shut hundreds of farms to cut nitrogen oxide emissionsThe Dutch government is offering to buy out up to 3,000 “peak polluter” farms and major industrial polluters in an attempt to reduce ammonia and nitrogen oxide emissions that are illegal under EU law.The nitrogen minister, Christianne van der Wal, said farmers […]
- 30 tonnes of cocaine seized in raids against European ‘super cartel’by Jennifer Rankin (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 28, 2022
Arrests made in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Dubai, including one ‘extremely big fish’A “super-cartel” that controlled one-third of the cocaine trade in Europe has been taken down in six countries, police have said.The EU police agency, Europol, announced that 49 suspects were arrested during the investigation, after raids in Europe […]
- Dutch court sides with squatters of sanctions-hit Russian’s mansionby Pjotr Sauer in Amsterdam (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 22, 2022
Ruling against Arkady Volozh in Amsterdam could set awkward precedent in Europe for rich RussiansRussia-Ukraine war – latest updatesPerched as it is in an upmarket neighbourhood overlooking the scenic Vondelpark, it is not hard to imagine why a Russian billionaire would have been interested in the 1879 five-storey Amsterdam property with a lush private […]
- Dutch pro-farming party fires up the anti-establishment voteby Senay Boztas (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 18, 2022
A movement rooted in a protest against plans to cut livestock numbers is rapidly picking up support in the NetherlandsThe old Dutch word noaberschap denotes a countryside kinship under which farmers would help each other out in the event of disaster.Now the concept of neighbourly kinship is being revived in the Netherlands by a political party called the […]
- MH17: eight-year wait for justice is finally over for families of Australian victimsby Martin Farrer (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 17, 2022
Mother of victim speaks of relief at guilty verdicts in the Netherlands against three accused of 2014 massacreThe mother of an Australian victim of MH17 has spoken of her relief after guilty verdicts were read out in a court in the Netherlands against three of the four men accused of shooting the plane out of the sky.Meryn O’Brien, who lost her […]
- Three men found guilty of murdering 298 people in shooting down of MH17by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 17, 2022
Court says Russia had overall control of the separatist forces in eastern Ukraine at the time when the plane was shot downRussia-Ukraine war – latest news updatesA Dutch court has found three men guilty of the murder of 298 people onboard flight MH17, which was shot down by a Russian surface-to-air missile when it was flying over eastern Ukraine in […]
- Dutch to ban laughing gas over fears for health and road safetyby Jennifer Rankin in Brussels (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 15, 2022
Nitrous oxide linked to more than 60 fatal crashes in the country in less than three yearsThe Dutch government will ban laughing gas from next year, amid growing concern about the risks it poses to health and road safety.From 1 January 2023, the sale, import and possession of laughing gas, formally known as nitrous oxide, will be banned in the Netherlands, […]
- Multi-storey ‘erotic centre’ set to replace Amsterdam red light district – if locals can agree whereby Senay Boztas in Amsterdam (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 12, 2022
The city authorities have commissioned a complex with bars, restaurants, theatres and rooms for sex workers – but nobody wants it in their backyardA multi-storey “erotic centre” proposed to replace Amsterdam’s red light district has a big problem: nobody wants it in their back yard.Last year the mayor and city council agreed plans to move and […]
- Dutch MEP says illegal spyware ‘a grave threat to democracy’by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 8, 2022
European Commission wears ‘velvet gloves’ when dealing with spyware used on citizens, says chief of inquiry on hacking software such as PegasusThe senior MEP leading an inquiry into spyware has accused the EU commission of ignoring the “grave threat to democracy” posed by the use of the technology, and national governments of failing to cooperate […]
- Dutch police arrest more than 200 climate activists who blocked Amsterdam's Schiphol airport – videoby (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 6, 2022
More than 200 climate activists who carried out demonstrations on the runway of Amsterdam's Schiphol airport have been arrested by Dutch police. The action was organised by Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion. Protesters dressed in white hazmat suits sat beneath private jets and military planes. Others could be seen cycling on the tarmac. Border police […]
- Climate activists arrested after blocking private jets in Amsterdam airportby Charlie Moloney (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 5, 2022
Sitdown protests are part of a day of demonstrations in and around Schiphol airportDutch border police arrested hundreds of climate activists who stormed Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and sat in front of the wheels of aircraft to prevent them from leaving.More than 100 protesters, wearing white suits, entered an area where private jets are kept on Saturday […]
- Sketch dismissed as Rembrandt ‘crude imitation’ revealed to be genuineby Agence France-Presse (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 4, 2022
The Raising of the Cross was thought to be by a follower of the Dutch master, but experts now say it is by Rembrandt himselfArt experts in the Netherlands have unveiled an oil sketch by the famous Dutch master Rembrandt after it languished for a century in a forgotten corner of a museum, believed to be an imitation.The Raising of the Cross oil sketch from […]
- Dutch authorities allow firing of paintballs to scare ‘too tame’ wolvesby Jon Henley Europe correspondent (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 3, 2022
Action comes after social media video shows wolf strolling past family in Hoge Veluwe national parkDutch provincial authorities have authorised the use of paintballs to scare wolves they say have grown so unafraid of humans that they could become a serious danger.“We’re dealing with wolves that have become too tame,” a spokesperson for Gelderland […]
- Protesters who targeted Girl with a Pearl Earring jailed by Dutch courtby Reuters in Amsterdam (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 2, 2022
Two activists from Just Stop Oil Belgium each sentenced to two months in prison with one month suspended Two Belgian climate change activists who last week targeted the Johannes Vermeer painting Girl with a Pearl Earring have been sentenced to two months in prison by a Dutch court, of which one month was suspended.One activist glued his head to glass […]
- Museums spar over authenticity of painting ahead of major Vermeer showby Daniel Boffey (Netherlands | The Guardian) on November 1, 2022
Rijksmuseum to display Girl With a Flute at exhibition despite National Gallery of Art, Washington, saying it is an imitationFrom the identity of the young woman in Johannes Vermeer’s most famous painting, the Girl With a Pearl Earring, to the techniques he employed, much about the Dutch master remains a mystery.The lack of certainty about the life and […]
- Mondrian painting has been hanging upside down for 75 yearsby Philip Oltermann in Hamburg (Netherlands | The Guardian) on October 28, 2022
Despite the discovery, the work, titled New York City I, will continue to be displayed the wrong way up to avoid damaging itA painting by abstract Dutch artist Piet Mondrian has been hanging upside down in various museums since it was first put on display 75 years ago, an art historian has found, but warned it could disintegrate if it was hung the right […]
- Just Stop Oil activist tries to glue own head to Girl with a Pearl Earringby Jon Henley Europe correspondent (Netherlands | The Guardian) on October 27, 2022
Protester at The Hague’s Mauritshuis says Vermeer painting protected and fine unlike ‘future of our children’ Dutch police have arrested three people at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague after Johannes Vermeer’s golden age masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring became the latest target of climate protesters.Video published on social media showed […]
- China using illegal police bases in Netherlands to target dissidents, say reportsby Jon Henley Europe correspondent (Netherlands | The Guardian) on October 26, 2022
Dutch government investigating ‘undeclared’ stations in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, claimed to be part of global networkThe Dutch government has said it is investigating reports that Chinese police forces have illegally opened at least two stations in the Netherlands since 2018, using them in part to keep tabs and put pressure on overseas dissidents.An […]
- Let fallen leaves lie, gardeners in Netherlands town urgedby Senay Boztas (Netherlands | The Guardian) on October 24, 2022
Allowing autumn leaves in parks and gardens to decompose boosts insect and soil health, says Eindhoven councilA municipality in the Netherlands has declared fallen autumn leaves to be worth their weight in gold – ecologically speaking.Eindhoven, in North Brabant, is encouraging its citizens to abandon blowers and rakes and to let fallen leaves in gardens […]
- The cartel, the journalist and the gangland killings that rocked the Netherlands – podcastby Written by Jessica Loudis, read by Alice Arnold and produced by Jessica Beck. The executive producer was Danielle Stephens (Netherlands | The Guardian) on October 24, 2022
In a country known for its liberal drugs policies, organised crime operated for years under the public’s nose – until a series of shocking killings revealed how deep the problem wentArchive: DW Continue reading...