"Netherlands" Netherlands by Twan

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As I live in the Netherlands the visits to lots of places are very common. So here I made the split up per province in the Netherlands to make things easier to find and to group per area.
The Netherlands consist of 12 provinces:
* Groningen
* Friesland
* Drenthe
* Overijssel
* Gelderland
* Utrecht
* Noord-Holland
* Zuid-Holland
* Limburg
* Noord-Brabant
* Zeeland
* Flevoland


Netherlands is a country that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is to the west and north by the North Sea, along the eastern border of Germany and the south by Belgium. The capital of Netherlands is Amsterdam, the seat of government is The Hague. The Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba are special municipalities as part of the country.

Netherlands has a population of 16,736,736 (2012) and with an area of ​​approximately 41,526 km ē of high population density of 403/km ē (2012). More than 18% of the surface consists of water, and a large part of the country, and the population is located below sea level. The land is protected from water by means of a system of dikes and waterworks. Polders created by land reclamation. The country is administratively divided into twelve provinces.

Netherlands became independent during the Eighty Years War (1568-1648), where the joint Northern and Southern Netherlands revolted against Spanish rule. In 1579 formed the Northern Netherlands, the Union of Utrecht, which was a new political entity. The Deed of Verlatinghe of 1581 by the regions that union independence of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands was declared, which is around 1609, at the beginning of the Twelve Years' Truce international recognition received and after the Eighty Years War in 1648 also Spain at the Peace of Westphalia. From the French period (1795-1813) Netherlands developed into a nation-state, first as United Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1815, by the Belgian Revolution in 1830 but fell apart.

Today the Netherlands is one of the most developed countries as the world's seventh economy to GDP per capita (2009). It also occupied that place in the index of human development (2009). The Dutch economy relies heavily on the services and international trade, particularly in the transit of goods to Germany.

Netherlands since 1848 is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, a polity in which power is shared by the king (in), the ministers and parliament. Netherlands was a founding member including the EU, NATO and the WTO. With Belgium and Luxembourg it forms the Benelux. The Hague plays an international role in the legal field, as the site for four international tribunals and Europol.

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