Fun Facts about the Netherlands

You have been offered to work in the Netherlands. Great news, now you like to know a bit more about the country. On this page we have gathered some Fun Facts about the Netherlands. Funny facts on the Dutch and their country. So you can get to know fast and easy some cool facts.

Dutch coast line

The Netherlands has a long coastline along the North Sea. Only 50% of the country has land exceeding one meter above sea level, with most of the areas below sea level being man-made.

Happy Dutch People

According to the 2013 United Nations World Happiness Report, the Netherlands was ranked one of the happiest countries in the world! It is ranked fourth happiest out of all the countries in the world.

Kinderdijk windmills

There are still over 1,000 traditional working windmills in the Netherlands. 19 of these can be found at the Unesco World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk. Historically they were used to pump water from the low-lying land back to the sea.

KLM Koninklijke Luchtvaartmaatschappij

KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaartmaatschappij or “Royal Airline Company”), the Dutch national airline, is the oldest national airline in the world. It was founded in 1919.

Giethoorn

There are almost no streets in the Dutch village of Giethoorn, but there are lots of canals, which is why it’s also known as the “Venice of the Netherlands”.

IMF

The Netherlands has the thirteenth-highest income per person in the world, according to the International Monetary Fund. Perhaps that’s why it is such a happy country!

Cassette audiotape

The audiotape, the videotape, and the CD were all invented in Eindhoven by the Dutch company Philips.

tall people

Another interesting fact about the Netherlands is that the Dutch people are the tallest people in the world, with an average height of 1.81-1.84 meters for adult males and 1.67-1.70 (depending on the source) meters for women – which is probably just as well if things get a bit ‘watery’.

Tulip fields in the Netherlands

The Netherlands are famous for their tulips, but tulips originally didn’t grow there. They were imported from the Ottoman empire in the 17th century. The importation of the bulbs led to ‘tulip mania’. This was a period that saw a vast increase in bulb prices due to their immense popularity.

Vincent van Gogh

The Netherlands has produced many well-known painters including famous names such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, and Willem de Kooning. There are at least 22 Rembrandt paintings and 206 works by Van Gogh in Amsterdam alone.

Orange Carrots

Did you know that carrots didn’t use to be orange? They were black, yellow, red, purple, or white. An orange variant was made in honor of the House of Orange, which led the revolt against the Spanish and later became the Dutch Royal Family.

Dutch Flag with orange ribbon

Orange is the Dutch national color, even though the Dutch flag’s colors are red, white, and blue. Even the national sports teams wear orange.

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

The next fact about the Netherlands: there are approximately 1000 museums in the country, 42 of them situated in Amsterdam. This means the Netherlands has the highest concentration of museums in the world.

New York, previously New Amsterdam

New York City was first called “New Amsterdam” and was founded as a Dutch Colony.

Curacao netherlands antilles

The Caribbean Netherlands consists of the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius.

Same sex marriage

The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. Laws permitting gay marriage and those that allowed same-sex couples to adopt children came into effect on April 1, 2001. The mayor of Amsterdam at the time, Job Cohen, married four couples at midnight on April 1 to commemorate the occasion. Amsterdam itself is also known for being very LGBT-friendly, with its many gay bars and the Homomonument in the center of the city, a tribute to the lives of gay men and women.