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Holland:
Pronounced As: nethrlndz , Dut. Nederland or Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, officially Kingdom of the Netherlands, constitutional monarchy (1994 est. pop. 15,341,600), 15,963 sq mi (41,344 sq km), NW Europe. It is bounded by the North Sea on the north and west, by Belgium on the south, and by Germany on the east. It is popularly known as Holland. Amsterdam is the constitutional capital; The Hague is the administrative and governmental capital. The kingdom includes two overseas territories, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in the Caribbean Sea. Both are self-governing parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands has 12 provinces: Zeeland, South Holland, North Holland, Friesland, and Groningen, all of which border on the North Sea; and North Brabant, Limburg, Utrecht, Gelderland, Overijssel, Drenthe, and Flevoland. The country is mostly low-lying. About 40% of it is situated below sea level and comprises territory (mostly in the western part of the country) reclaimed from the sea since the 13th cent. and guarded by dunes and dikes. The land is crossed by drainage canals, and the main rivers, the Scheldt, Maas (Fr., Meuse), IJssel, Waal, and Lower Rhine, are canalized and interconnected by artificial waterways, linked with the river and canal systems of Belgium and Germany. The Scheldt estuary includes the former islands of Walcheren, North Beveland, and South Beveland. The West Frisian Islands are located off the northern coast of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is extremely densely populated. The maritime provinces include many of the famous cities of the Netherlands-Amsterdam and Rotterdam (the chief ports) and The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Utrecht, Dordrecht, Schiedam, and Vlissingen (Flushing). In addition, Alkmaar, Gouda, and Edam are internationally known as cheese markets, and Haarlem is the center of the flower-raising district. The inland provinces have generally poor and sandy soil. Leading cities include Breda, 's Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, and Tilburg in North Brabant; Maastricht and Heerlen in Limburg; and Arnhem and Nijmegen in Gelderland.

Linguistic conformity to Dutch, the official language, is complete except in Friesland, where Frisian is spoken in places. After the Netherlands obtained independence in the late 16th cent., it became largely Protestant. By the mid-1990s, however, Roman Catholics, concentrated in the southern provinces, made up the largest religious group (33%), while 25% were Protestant. Muslims are a small but growing minority; almost 40% of the population claims no religious affiliation. The archbishop of Utrecht is the Roman Catholic primate of the Netherlands.

The country's principal public universities are at Leiden, Utrecht, Groningen, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam. There are also Catholic universities at Nijmegen and Tilburg and a Calvinist university at Amsterdam. Specialized higher education is offered by Erasmus Univ., technical schools at Delft, Eindhoven, and Enschede, and by the schools of economics at Rotterdam and Tilburg.



Tours Holland...

Mikes Bike Tour of Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam-one of the liveliest cities in the world. With lashings of drugs, prostitution, More...

Get a life!
Sick of smoking joints all day in Amsterdam? Discover the Holland beyond Amsterdam with Lowlands Tr More...

Green Grass of Holland
Don't step on the grass, smoke it! In just four days we show you the best coffeeshops outside Ams More...

Heart of Holland
The Heart of Holland takes you three days away from crowded Amsterdam into the real Holland. The More...

The Big South
Discover during this four day tour of the southern part of Holland our living history in medieval to More...

The Great North
Go where the locals go! Let Lowlands Travel take you in just four days around our hidden beauties o More...

The Low Countries
This trip is the ultimate highlights of Holland and Belgium in just one week! We wil start this ene More...

Delft and the Hague
The seat of Government and the Royal Palace are the highlights of this tour! Your itinerary will More...

Edam Countryside Tour
Clogs, cheese and fishing - this tour has it all. We'll start with: * First a drive to the Za More...

Exciting Guided Night Tour
This tour will include both the Red Light District and a toast in a typical Amsterdam pub. The it More...

Guided City Tour
Our guided City Tour in Amsterdam will show you a beautiful Dutch windmill...the canals with histori More...

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