The Dutch are a special bunch of people. Not only do we live in the most densely populated country in Europe, we also love cheese, eat raw herring with onions and are rather direct in our dealings. Although we prefer to call it honest and open...
These are 10 strange facts about the Dutch
The Dutch love cheese: we eat over 14 kilos of it per person, per year.
Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands. It is similar to German. But there is also a second language: in the province of Friesland, Frisian is spoken. This language is officially recognized as a regional language.
More sheep than people live on Wadden Island Texel.
The Netherlands still has a royal family. And has had since 1815. On the 27th of April, the Netherlands turns orange: that's when people celebrate the king's birthday.
Capital city Amsterdam is built entirely on stilts and has 1,200 bridges.
The Dutch like to talk about the weather. There are several words for the word rain. Like ‘pijpenstelen’ and ‘miezer’.
There is also a Caribbean Netherlands consisting of 3 commonest overseas countries; the islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten are also part of the Netherlands.
Do you like cycling? Then you're in the right place: the Netherlands has no less than 37,000 kilometres of cycling paths.
Almost 33% of the Netherlands is below sea level.
Dutch are tall: the tallest people in the world, in fact.
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