|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
- Covid live: two-thirds of people with Omicron in England had virus before; Denmark aims to end all restrictionsby Lucy Campbell (now); Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier) (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 26, 2022
React study concludes past infection associated with high risk of Omicron; Danish plan would mean most far-reaching easing among Nordic countriesScotland to relax strict work-from-home guidance from MondayLong Covid: doctors find ‘antibody signature’ for patients most at riskNZ PM Jacinda Ardern shrugs off chase by anti-vaccination protestersUK […]
- Coronavirus patient numbers rising on weekly basis after six-week declineby Gordon Darroch (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
The number of coronavirus patients in hospital increased on a weekly basis for the first time in more than six...
- Dutch argue Russian state is accountable for MH17 before Human Rights courtby molly (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
The European Court of Human Rights held a hearing about Russian culpability for crimes in Eastern Ukraine, including the downing...
- Netherlands lifts toughest Covid curbs with Denmark and France set to followby Jon Henley (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 26, 2022
Many EU countries opt to reopen despite record infections as WHO suggests Omicron may signal more manageable phase of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Netherlands has lifted its toughest Covid controls, Denmark is to remove all restrictions within days and France will begin easing curbs next week, as many – but not […]
- King opens largest sea sluice in the world at IJmuidenby hanneke (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
King Willem-Alexander opened the largest sea sluice in the world at IJmuiden on Wednesday afternoon, concluding a project that finished...
- State did not make legal errors in forced adoption scandal, court rulesby robin (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
The child protection council Raad voor de Kinderbescherming did not act illegally in the way it took children from often...
- Change in the air: large firms expect to cut business flights by 50%by Gordon Darroch (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
Several of the Netherlands’ largest companies are planning to cut business flights by as much as half compared to pre-pandemic...
- Quarantine to be dropped for travellers after booster vaccineby Gordon Darroch (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
People travelling to the Netherlands from very high-risk countries will no longer have to quarantine from February 2 if they...
- VU takes Chinese-backed human rights centre offline to address concernsby Gordon Darroch (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
The VU university in Amsterdam has taken its Cross Cultural Human Rights Centre (CCHRC) offline in response to criticism of...
- ‘Paternalistic’ compulsory pre-abortion wait will be scrappedby hanneke (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
The compulsory five day pre-abortion wait will very likely be abolished as MPs debate a draft bill initiated by D66...
- Mayor gets tough on knife crime at refugee centre in Brabantby robin (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
A string of violent incidents at a refugee centre in Budel, a small village in Noord-Brabant, has led to the...
- Venue owners dismiss 10pm closing time as ‘extension of lockdown’by Gordon Darroch (DutchNews.nl) on January 26, 2022
The hospitality and cultural sectors have criticised the government’s relaxation of the lockdown rules for not going far enough. The...
- Dutch university gives up Chinese funding due to impartiality concernsby Jon Henley Europe correspondent (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 25, 2022
Vrije Universiteit will also return €250,000-plus it received in 2021 for rights centre that denied forced labour camps exist in XinjiangA decision by a leading Dutch university to refuse all further Chinese funding for a controversial study centre has sparked fresh concern about Beijing’s apparent attempts to influence debate at European educational […]
- Stowaway survives in nose wheel during South Africa flight to Netherlandsby Reuters in Amsterdam (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 23, 2022
Dutch military police say man taken to hospital and that his age and nationality have not yet been determinedA stowaway was discovered in the wheel section under the front of a freight plane that arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from South Africa on Sunday, Dutch military police have said.“The man is doing well considering the circumstances and […]
- Dutch creator of The Voice accused of victim-blaming over abuse claims on showby Daniel Boffey in Brussels (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 21, 2022
John De Mol said women could learn lessons from scandal that took The Voice of Holland off airThe creator of reality TV shows including The Voice and Big Brother has been accused of victim-blaming by his company’s female employees after accusations of widespread sexual abuse of contestants on the original Dutch version of The Voice.In a full-page advert […]
- Greens v ‘beefatarians’: Europeans go to war over their dinnerby Jon Henley, Sam Jones, Angela Giuffrida and Philip Oltermann (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 21, 2022
With meat consumption twice the global average, citizens of EU27 have to reconcile environmental concerns and culinary traditionsA row over meat consumption in Spain over the last month is just the most recent eruption of the debate all over Europe, as the continent grapples with making its famous cuisines more sustainable.Food is inextricably intertwined […]
- Dutch purchase of Rembrandt work criticised over tax haven linkby Daniel Boffey in Brussels (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 19, 2022
Questions raised over move to buy The Standard Bearer for €175m from trust in the Cook IslandsThe Dutch government is facing criticism after it emerged that a Rembrandt masterpiece is to be bought by the state from the Rothschild family through a tax haven in the South Pacific.A debate in the country’s senate heard that the €175m (£145m) purchase of […]
- Experts express doubt that Anne Frank was betrayed by a Jewish notaryby Daniel Boffey in Brussels (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 19, 2022
A new book by Rosemary Sullivan suggests that Arnold van den Bergh could have revealed the family’s hiding place, but other historians are not convincedHistorians have voiced their scepticism about a book that has identified a Jewish notary as the prime suspect for the betrayal of Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis.The Betrayal of Anne Frank, by […]
- Body of missing four-year-old Belgian boy found in Netherlandsby Daniel Boffey in Brussels (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 18, 2022
Babysitter Dave De Kock said to have led police to where he is suspected of dumping the body of Dean VerberckmoesThe body of a four-year-old Belgian boy has been found in the Netherlands after he was abducted by his babysitter, who it emerged has a previous conviction for abuse that led to the death of a two-year-old child.A police search found Dean […]
- Erik van Lieshout: the artist trying to reach his friend who can’t speak after a stroke – reviewby Adrian Searle (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 18, 2022
Maureen Paley, LondonThe provocative Dutchman has made a film about artist René Daniëls, who was a celebrated artist before being left aphastic and partially paralysedErik van Lieshout’s films are often riotous, comic affairs. Always putting himself in the frame – along with his subjects, collaborators, antagonists and even passers-by – he’s a […]
- Dutch king to retire golden coach with slavery images after racism rowby AFP in The Hague (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 13, 2022
King Willem-Alexander will mothball the controversial carriage that glorifies the Netherlands’ colonial pastThe Dutch king, Willem-Alexander, has announced that he is mothballing – at least for now – the royal golden coach which has been embroiled in a racism controversy.The opulent horse-drawn carriage, called De Gouden Koets, has traditionally […]
- Shell benefits from energy crisis as soaring gas prices lift profitsby Mark Sweney (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 7, 2022
Company says investors will benefit from continuation ‘at pace’ of $7bn share buyback schemeShell expects a significant boost in profits in its natural gas division, thanks to soaring prices, when it reports its latest results next month, as the oil and gas company said investors would benefit from the continuation “at pace” of its $7bn share […]
- New heat pump could ease UK shift to low-carbon homes, say developersby Kaamil Ahmed (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 7, 2022
Swedish and Dutch firms claim their technology could replace gas and oil boilers without added insulationA new type of heat pump that may soon be rolled out in the UK could ease the shift for homes to low-carbon heating but is no quick fix, experts say.The Swedish company Vattenfall and the Dutch company Feenstra claim their new high-temperature heat pump, […]
- Covid ‘vaccination doubt line’ receiving up to 1,000 calls a day in Netherlandsby Jon Henley (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 5, 2022
Helpline staffed by volunteers advising those still hesitant about getting jabbed against coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA “vaccination doubt line” set up by doctors in the Netherlands is receiving up to 1,000 calls a day from people who are still unsure whether or not they should get jabbed against the […]
- Frozen in time: clock that tells tale of Jewish resistance in wartime Amsterdamby Jennifer Rankin (Netherlands | The Guardian) on January 1, 2022
Artefacts from hideout of family sent to Auschwitz death camp with Anne Frank and her family are put on display in NetherlandsA clock that is the sole surviving object from a second world war Jewish hideout will go on display at Amsterdam’s Dutch Resistance Museum this year.The round mantelpiece clock may have been one of the last things people saw as […]
- German optimism over Omicron as Europe dampens new year revelryby Philip Oltermann in Berlin and Jon Henley in Paris (Netherlands | The Guardian) on December 31, 2021
Covid expert hopeful for ‘relatively normal’ winter 2022-23 but prevalence limits celebrations across continentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany’s leading coronavirus expert has expressed optimism that his country could expect a “relatively normal” winter in 2022-23 as Europe prepared to ring in the new year in […]
- Large Roman fort built by Caligula discovered near Amsterdamby Daniel Boffey in Brussels (Netherlands | The Guardian) on December 26, 2021
Fortified camp for thousands of soldiers thought to have been used by Emperor Claudius during conquest of Britain in AD43A large Roman fort believed to have played a key role in the successful invasion of Britain in AD43 has been discovered on the Dutch coast.A Roman legion of “several thousand” battle-ready soldiers was stationed in Velsen, 20 miles […]
- Dutch border-hoppers ignore Belgium and Germany’s ‘stay away’ pleaby Daniel Boffey in Brussels (Netherlands | The Guardian) on December 21, 2021
Restaurants have had a rush of visitors since lockdown was imposed in the Netherlands on SundayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople hopping over the border to Belgium and Germany to avoid the Dutch lockdown are filling the neighbouring countries’ restaurants and shops despite calls for them to “stay away”.Since Mark […]
- Dutch shopkeepers say Christmas lockdown has left them ‘broken’by Daniel Boffey in Brussels and Sam Jones in Madrid (Netherlands | The Guardian) on December 19, 2021
‘Everyone will go shopping in Belgium and Germany,’ retailers warn as coronavirus closure beginsDutch shopkeepers say they have been “broken” by the Netherlands’ new Christmas lockdown, which has come into effect.“Nowhere in Europe is there such a strict regime as in the Netherlands,” said Jan Meerman, the director of INretail, the Dutch […]
- Netherlands to enter lockdown as nations across Europe tighten curbs to slow Omicron spreadby Associated Press (Netherlands | The Guardian) on December 19, 2021
Dutch lockdown puts limits on Christmas celebrations, while France and other countries toughen restrictions as Covid cases climbSee all our coronavirus coverageNations across Europe moved to reimpose tougher measures to stem a new wave of Covid infections spurred by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, with the Netherlands leading the way by imposing a […]