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Netherlands General Info
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Capital : Amsterdam

Area: 41,528 sq km (16,034 sq miles).

Population of Netherlands : 16,254,933 (official estimate 2004).

Population of Amsterdam : 735,562 (2003).

Population Density :
479.9 per sq km

Geography : The Netherlands shares borders to the south with Belgium and to the east with Germany and the North Sea lies to the north and west. Large areas of The Netherlands have been reclaimed from the sea and consequently one-fifth of the country lies below the sea level. The country is flat and level and is criss-crossed by rivers and canals.

Areas reclaimed from the sea, known as polders, are very fertile. The landscape is broken by the forest of Arnhem, the bulb fields in the west, the lakes of the central and northern areas, and coastal dunes that are among the most impressive in Europe.

Government : Constitutional monarchy since 1848.

Head of State: Queen Beatrix Van Oranje Nassau since 1980.

Head of Government: Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende since 2002.

Seat of Government: The Hague

Language : Dutch is the official language. English, German and French are widely spoken.

Religion : 31 per cent Roman Catholic, 21 per cent Protestant, 40 per cent do not profess any religion.

Time : GMT + 1 (GMT from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Electricity : 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin European-style plugs are in use.
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