What Are Some Interesting Facts About The Netherlands?

If you’re interested in some fun facts about The Netherlands, you’ve come to the right place! When we meet people from other countries they often ask us, “tell us some fun facts about The Netherlands!”. Over time we developed this extensive list with some fun, interesting, and random facts about our home country. We will tell you more about the history of The Netherlands, typical things Dutch people are known for, unique landmarks, and some world-famous Dutch people. Let’s learn more about The Netherlands! 

1) The Netherlands is also known as Holland

When talking about The Netherlands, a lot of people are also using Holland to refer to the same country. Officially this is not correct. Let me explain why; 

  • The Netherlands refers to the twelve provinces in the country; 
  • Officially, Holland only refers to the two western regions of The Netherlands; South- and North Holland.

The confusion in the names originates in the country’s history;

In 1581 William of Orange declared the Dutch Republic, better known as Seven Provinces of United Netherlands. Napoleon conquered the Dutch Republic in 1795 and made into a Kingdom, Kingdom of Holland. The Netherlands remained a kingdom after Napoleon’s defeat. The name of the country changed into the Kingdom of The Netherlands. However, the two provinces North and Sout Holland, together Holland, were the most important on an economic scale for the country. They provided the most wealth, jobs, and business, which is why people often refer to the Netherlands as Holland. 

2) During the 17th century, the Dutch Eastern Company was the most significant maritime trade company in the world.

Dutch United Eastern Company (in Dutch: Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie – VOC) consisted out of different companies that all worked under the same name — established in 1602 to make it possible to trade with countries in South East Asia. For nearly 200 years, they had a monopoly at the different spice and trade routes between South East Asia and Europe. 

The company ceased its trading around 1799 after dealing with some major problems like corruption, significantly lower production of spices and goods, and a huge war (the fourth Anglo-Dutch war) with the British Empire (which they lost).

Most of the possessions and colonies became in the hands of the Dutch Republic, the United Kingdom of The Netherlands. 

The Netherlands refers to this period as The Golden Age because the Dutch Eastern Company created wealth and economic growth for the country. British, Spanish, and French maritime trade even used the companies structure as an example to create their own trade companies. 

However, the former company is also heavily criticized because of the way their use of violence, colonialism, slavery, exploitation. 

3) New York City used to be a Dutch Colony

Around 1625 the Dutch created a settlement at what we know now as New York. They called it New Amsterdam. The area grew rapidly, and around 1664 nearly 9000 people were living in New Amsterdam or its surroundings. 1664 was also the year the British took over and renamed the settlement after the Duke of York: New York. 

The British took over after the second Anglo-Dutch war between the Dutch and British. The Netherlands basically traded New Amsterdam for the island Surinam and Run (which is a small Indonesian island) to keep their spice routes safe. 

4) Australia and New Zealand were both discovered by a Dutch Sea Explorer

Abel Tasman, one of the most famous Dutch sea explorers in the 17th century. Other sea explorers had discovered the land, but didn’t know if this was separated by sea, or connected somewhere else. Abel Tasman needed to solve this problem and explore the route. On his first and second voyages, he discovered Tasmania, Australia, New Zealand, and island groups Tonga, Fiji, and New Guinea. 

5) The Dutch invented the first international stock exchange

To make the trade route possible and to grow to the biggest trade company in the world, the Dutch Eastern Company needed money. In 1602 they opened the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, where investors could invest in the trade routes of the company. In return, they would get a guaranteed share of the future profits. 

6) Tulip Mania was the first economic bubble of trade, followed by a financial crisis.

Not only shares for the Dutch Eastern Company were traded during that time. You could also trade shares on the products they imported from all over the world. 

During the 17th century, the first heydays of Dutch economics, tulips became very people. The flower became a symbol of wealth. Prices for tulips reached astronomical heights, which resulted in a financial bubble. Once the trade stopped, the tulip market collapsed, and many traders went bankrupt in just a few moments. 

We wrote an article about Why The Netherlands is famous for Tulips where you can learn more about Tulipmania and the Dutch tulip trade.

7) The Dutch invented Gin – in The Netherlands known as Jenever

Gin, in The Netherlands known as Jenever, is originally a Dutch drink. During the middle ages, people drank it as herbal medicine. The liquor didn’t reach Great Brittain until 1688 after William of Orange introduced it to the British. 

8) Dutch national color is orange. 

The first founder of The Netherlands, as we know it now, is William of Orange. In The Netherlands known as Father of the Fatherland. Funny story is that William of Orange wasn’t Dutch at all. He was born in Germany in the house of Nassau. At the age of 11, he inherited all the titles and land of his cousin’s father. The only condition was that William of Orange followed a roman catholic education in The Netherlands. He was sent to follow the education and developed a political career later on. 

William of Orange was the leader of the revolt against Spanish suppression. He became the prince of orange in 1580 after defeating Spain. The orange color, belonging to the house of orange is the official color of the country ever since. 

9) Dutch Tricolor Flag is also the oldest flag in continuous use

The Dutch flag with red-white-blue horizontal stripes is dating back to the 17th century. The Dutch Eastern company used the flag on their journeys all over the world.

However, the precursor of the flag was the prince flag (prinsenvlag) of William of Orange. The story goes that this flag was orange-white-blue. But because of the quality, the orange turned into red very quickly, making the flag red-white-blue. 

10) Delft is one of the most important cities in Dutch history

A few years after William of Orange defeated Spain, he chose Delft as his place of residence. He chose the small city close to The Hague because it was easy to defend against major attacks. 

After defeating Spain, King Philip II offered a reward for those who were able to kill William of Orange. He outlived several attacks, but in 1584 he was shot in his house while walking up the stairs to his office. 

Today you can still visit the former house where William of Orange lived. The bullet holes in the wall are still visible! 

Learn more about Delft and the unique things to do in our article How Many Days do You Need in Delft?

11) The Dutch National Anthem is the oldest national anthem in the world.

Dating back to 1572, the Wilhelmus originated during the revolt against the Spanish. It took until 1932 until it became the official national anthem of The Netherlands. 

It is not clear who wrote the complete lyrics. William of Orange must have done some of the writing. In the lyrics, he is talking to the Dutch people, basically telling them who he is and what to do. 

12) Many renowned painters from the middle ages until modern-day are Dutch

You’ve probably heard from Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, M.C. Escher, Frans Hals, Piet Mondriaan. They have one thing in common. They are all Dutch! And we’re proud of it! 

13) The Dutch introduced orange Carrots

Did you know carrots are initially white, purple, and yellow? During the 17th-century, the Dutch farmers cultivated the carrots as an honor to William of Orange. The orange carrot stayed over the years and is know the worldwide known color of carrots!

14) Amsterdam, A city built on wooden poles

Amsterdam consists of reclaimed land from the rivers and sea. And also a large part of the wetlands. Building houses was difficult, so to make a stable foundation, they built on wooden poles. The poles were drilled into the ground until they reached a sturdy basis. Over time these wooden poles started to shift a little, and that’s why many houses in Amsterdam are crooked.

15) Over 1000 historical windmills are still existing in The Netherlands

The country is famous for its windmills. They were used to pump out water, grinding grain, and creating many other products. Today there are still more than 1000 windmills around the country. The most famous windmill locations are Kinderdijk en Zaanse Schans, which are both Unesco World Heritage sites. 

We tell you more about these unique places in our article; How Many Days do You Need in The NetherlandsIn this article, we give several tips on the best things to do in The Netherlands. 

16) King Willem Alexander is the first Dutch King since 123 years

He became King in 2013, after the abdication of his mother, former Queen Beatrix. King Willem-Alexander is the first king after King William IIII, who died in 1890.

In between, The Netherlands only had Queens until 2013. 

Another fun fact about the Royal Family; 

The current Dutch Queen, married to the king, is Maxima, born in Argentina! 

17) Over 17 million people are living in The Netherlands!

And counting! Every year the Dutch population grows. Not only from newborns. Mostly from immigrants, trying to find a better future in The Netherlands. Something we are known for since the 17th century. Amsterdam was one of the most liberal cities in that time (and still is). 

18) People from The Netherlands are called Dutch

Do you wonder why? It is quite simple. Dutch is old English and describes ‘people from a nation.’ It means ‘people or nation.’ 

The English used Dutch to describe people from different countries close to Germany and Germany itself. That’s why the English also say Deutschland instead of Germany. Overtime they referred to The Netherlands as Low-Dutch because of the location of the country (below sea level). The name stayed for describing people from The Netherlands. 

19) The language they speak in The Netherlands is also called Dutch

For the same reason and to keep it simple, we refer to the people and our language as Dutch, but we’re from The Netherlands, and some parts are Holland. 

Sometimes we like to keep it simple 😉 

20) Dutch People are known to speak perfect English 

Around 94% of the Dutch population can speak multiple languages. 90% can speak proper English. 

Other popular languages are German and French. 

21) Flevoland is a province made from reclaimed land from the sea 

Flevoland is officially the twelfth province of The Netherlands since 1986. The area consists mainly out of reclaimed land from the SouthernSea (Zuiderzee). The most important reason to build the area was to keep up with the growing population of the country. 

22) Amsterdam is more famous than The Netherlands

The capital of Amsterdam is the most important city in the country regarding economic growth. It is also known for its liberal vibe since the middle ages, accepting people from all kinds of backgrounds. Over time, the city became even more famous than the country itself! 

23) A large part of The Netherlands is below sea level

Around 25%! That’s also where we get our name from. The Netherlands refers to lower lands. The name derives from a geographical reason to describe certain parts of the country. 

It is also the reason why we are so good at defending ourselves from flooding. The Dutch learned it the hard way. There were many floodings recorded in history. Today the water defense line known as Delta Works with many sluices, dams, and barriers is the most sophisticated in the world. 

24) The lowest point of The Netherlands is -6.7m below sea level

Close to Rotterdam, you’ll find the Zuidplaspolder. This area is -6.7meters (22.2ft) below sea level. The lowest point in Western Europe!  

25) The highest point of The Netherlands is 323 meters above sea level

We call this a mountain. Can you imagine? Vaalserberg (Vaalsermountain) is in the southern part of The Netherlands, in the province of Limburg, and 323 meters high (1059ft).

26) There are more bikes than people in The Netherlands

There are living around 17 million people in The Netherlands, and there are 23 million registered bicycles! 

And that’s what we know of, and not all the bikes are registered. So this amount is probably higher! 

27) The Netherlands has one of the highest density of population in Europe

Okay, that’s when you don’t count the small areas, which are official countries, though, like San Marino, Monaco, Vatican City, and Malta. According to WorldAtlas.com, The Netherlands ranks 8th on the highest population density in Europe.

28) The coastline of The Netherlands is around 1000 kilometers

When you count all the islands of the Wadden Islands, and the Carribean island is officially even longer. 

29) 35.000 kilometers on biking trails in The Netherlands

The country is one of the safest places to ride a bicycle. Almost everywhere, you’ll find designated bicycle paths, where you not allowed to walk or drive with another vehicle. 

30) The Netherlands is a small country 

The country is only 41.528 km2, from which around 18.4% is water. With a population close to 18 million, The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. According to the website Countries of The World, it ranks no. 67 on the list of the smallest countries in the world, ranked by area. Vatican City ranks no. 1 on this list.

31) Keukenhof is the largest flower garden in the world

Keukenhof is the example of the Dutch flower industry. The flower garden, located close to Amsterdam, is the biggest in the world. Every year over 7 million flower bulbs planted in the garden. Keukenhof changes its theme annually to showcase the unique flowers of the Dutch flower industry.

It all started as a business event where farmers could showcase their flowers. Keukenhof is still an imported event for the industry, but also one of the biggest tourist attractions in The Netherlands. They welcome millions of tourists every year. And they’re only open for 8 weeks a year! 

Want to know more about Keukenhof? Read our article What is Keukenhof Famous For? Where we tell you all the ins and outs about Keukenhof. 

32) The Dutch are globally the biggest exporter of Flower Bulbs

Nearly 80% of all the flower bulbs in the world are from Dutch flower farmers. After the Dutch flower industry took a hit during the crisis of Tulipmania, many entrepreneurs saw opportunities abroad. People in other countries were still keen on buying the Dutch Tulips. The international network, which was established by the Dutch Eastern Company, made it easy grew its business overseas. Today the Dutch flower industry is the biggest in the world. 

And the flower industry isn’t the only Dutch industry that plays a significant role in the global markets. During the 17th century, The Netherlands became the most significant maritime trade country in the world. And today, many industries are still are. 

33) The Dutch Cheese industry exports the largest amount of cheese in the world! 

Dutch Cheese is known all over the world. The Dutch Cheese industry exports roughly 700 million kilograms of cheese every year! 

Did you know cheese production already took place in the year 400? The Netherlands wasn’t even the country as we know it now. A large part of the area was under Roman rule at that time. 

However, cheese production remained and over the years in developed in real craftmanship. Cow milk is the basic ingredient of most cheeses, but we are also famous for the sheep cheese.  You can find the best variations of sheep cheese on the island of Texel. 

In every corner of the world, you can find Dutch Cheese. We are famous for the variety of cheeses that we produce. The most famous cheese is Gouda Cheese, but this also comes in many varieties. There’s fat cheese, light cheese, young cheese, old cheese, and many other variations. 

A great thing to do when you’re in The Netherlands is visiting the old Gouda Cheese Market! Read more about this in our article 26 best cities in The Netherlands.

34) The Netherlands exports almost 7.5% of all the pork meat in the world

Are you a meat lover? Good chance that your BBQ spare ribs are from The Netherlands! According to World’s Top Exports, The Netherlands exports 7.5% of the world’s pork meat. That’s roughly 2.1 billion US Dollars in revenue! Quite a big market! An interesting fact (according to Statista.com) is that the market is expected to grow negatively -4% per year until 2023. Probably because people are getting more and more aware of the health effects of eating meat. And because there’s more attention to the conditions the animals living in. 

35) The Netherlands is one of the largest agriculture exporters in the world

In 2018 they were the 2nd largest exporter after the United States. Revenue is around 90 billion Euros! Agricultural Export is almost one-fifth of the total export in The Netherlands. Not bad for such a small country!

36) Dutch Beer export is the second largest in the world. 

And the most famous beer brand is also dutch; Heineken! 

Every year the Dutch brewers together brew around 2300 million liters of beer! Almost 50% of this beer is for the export.

37) Dutch DJs are the best DJs in the world

Names as Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Hardwell, Don Diablo. All Dutch guys, who are flying over the world to perform at events. They all ranked for World’s Best DJ several times. 

38) The Microscope and Telescope is a Dutch invention

There is still a bit of discussion about who is the inventer. However, Hans Lippershey is commonly known as the inventor of both the microscope and telescope in 1608. His craftmanship was lensmaker. Lippershey referred to his work as Perspective Glass

A few years later, Galileo improved the design. 

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is worldwide known as the father of microbiology. This dutchman was the first to experience with a microscope and research bacteria, blood cells, and other parts of the human body. 

39) 47% of the working population in The Netherlands has a part-time job. 

The working population of The Netherlands consists roughly out of 9 million people. Around 47% of this group is working less than 40 hours a week, which is the highest number in Europe. The percentage of part-timers is rising every year. 

40) The Netherlands is one of the founding members of the European Union

Among the Founding Fathers of the European Union are two Dutch politicians. Johan Beyen, a former Dutch minister of foreign affairs, and Sicco Mansholt, a former Dutch politician. 

41) Philips, renowned for its product inventions that changed the world

The Dutch company invented many products like;   

  • Cassette Disc, 
  • Compact Disc, 
  • BluRay/ DVD,
  • PhilipsShave,
  • Senseo Coffee Machine, 
  • Philips Test screen for color TVs 

And we all still use it today! Except for the cassette disc 😉

42) The Netherlands is one of the healthiest countries in the world to eat!

Say what now? According to Oxfam Novib, The Netherlands is the country with the most healthy food available for its population. In terms of food quality, availability, enough to eat, and diabetes & obesity. 

The last one, obesity, is interesting though. On the scale of Oxfam Novib, The Netherlands scores ‘low’. However, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, nearly 25% of young adults in The Netherlands, suffer from obesity. It sounds like a problem to me! 

43) The Hague is the city where the government resides, and the Royal Family lives

It is the best city in The Netherlands! (Yep, we’re from The Hague ;))

But seriously, you should visit it once. There’s a lot to see in the historical center. And you might run into our prime minister, or you can visit the Royal Gardens. 

Check out our articles about The Hague; 

44) Around 20% of the Dutch population is Non-Dutch.

These people are from a different ethnic background. Around 6.3% of the population comes from other European countries. Other larger ethnic groups are Indonesian, Turkish, Marrocons, Surinamese. 

45) Schiphol Airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe

They rank 11th on the global busiest airport scale, with 68.5 million passengers a year. The only airports in Europe that are busier than Schiphol Amsterdam are Heathrow (London) and Aéroport de Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France). 

The busiest airport in the world is Atlanta International Airport, with over 104 million passengers a year. 

46) Rotterdam has the biggest port in Europe

Until 2004 it was also the biggest port in the world. Port of Rotterdam is the most important container port in Europe.

Being a port city there’s a lot to explore in Rotterdam. The city developed as the most multicultural city of The Netherlands, making it a true melting pot. It is great to spend some time visiting Rotterdam while you’re in The Netherlands! In our article One Day in Rotterdam, you’ll find a complete one-day itinerary with many local tips!

47) The Netherlands has a Carribean part, with three islands belonging to the country

Want to visit The Netherlands in a tropical way? You must go to Aruba, Sint Maarten, or Curacao, which are independent countries but an official part of The Kingdom of The Netherlands. Also, the provinces Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Bonaire are part of the Kingdom. 

48) 20% of all the newborn births are born at home

The Netherlands has always been the country with the highest home birth in Europe. However, this percentage is declining every year. Still, it is a common choice for mothers to decide if they want to have their baby born at home or in a hospital. 

49) The Dutch were one of the initial founders of the EURO valuta

Wim Duisenberg, a former politician, was the first president of the European Central Bank and had a leading role in the introduction of the EURO valuta. Currently 19 of 28 EU members using the EURO as their valuta. This number is expected to grow in the following years.

50) It is obliged by law to have your ID card with you when being outside

Since 2005 this law changed, and everyone older than 14years needs to wear some form of identification. Not as a nametag or something, but you need to have it with you. The police can ask for it if they suspect you from something, or when you ride in a bus without paying for a ticket and things like that. 

This law was very controversial because of Dutch history during the second world war. The Germans required an identification card for every Dutch citizen. They used that list to prosecute many people who were from a different ethnic background. 

51) The Netherlands is one of the happiest countries in the world to live

According to World Happiness Report, The Netherlands ranks in the top 10 every year. 2018 they ranked 6th, 2019 5th. Slowly we’re heading for the #1 ranking! 

52) There are two official languages in The Netherlands; Dutch and Frysian (only spoken in the province Friesland)

Next to Dutch, Frisian is an official language in the country. Which is entirely different than Dutch. The language is closely related to the German language.

53) The Dutch language has over 270 dialects

Every region has its dialect, which is mainly noticeable in the spoken word. The most popular dialects are from the large cities, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam. But also from Leiden and the province Limburg. 

Dutch slang or street language is different in every city!

54) The Dutch National Flower is a Tulip 

When you think of Tulips, you probably think of The Netherlands. However, the flower is not entirely Dutch. The Ottoman Empire is where Tulips originated. The Dutch imported the flowers to The Netherlands. Because of the Dutch climate, the Tulip grew very easy.

55) When we greet people, we give three kisses on the cheek ‘the Dutch way.’

It is just the Dutch way of saying hello and goodbye. Nothing special, but it can feel strange if you’re not used to it. 

56) The Dutch drink a lot of coffee! 

Not as much as the Finish people, but still. On average, we drink 8.4kg coffee per year, that’s an average of 1.8 cups per day! 

57) Dutch people are the tallest in the world! 

The average height of a Dutch person 175.6cm. When you divide the men and women, men are even taller, with an average of 182.5cm. And women 168.7cm. Check out the full list.

The tallest men ever lived was Robert Wadlow, with a height of 2.72meters (8 ft 11.1 in).

58) The Netherlands was the first country that legalized same-sex marriage.

The Dutch are known for being liberal. Amsterdam is maybe the best example of this. A bohemian city with a vibrant gay scene since early 1920, when the first gay bars opened in the city. Years to follow Amsterdam and The Netherlands developed to a safe place for same-sex couples and LGBT people. A place where everyone can be themselves, as it should be 🙂 

In 2001 the Dutch government legalized same-sex marriage. The first gay couple got married on the 1st of April in Amsterdam. 

59) Amsterdam Canalpride is one of the largest LGBT festivals in the world

The annual pride festival taking place in Amsterdam is a unique LGBT Festival taking place over a week in August with different events. The final event is the Canal Pride, on a parade of boats through the canal belt of Amsterdam. Where people celebrate life, the possibility of being yourself, and creating awareness that in many other places that’s still not possible.  

It is a unique event to visit and experience! We tell you more about this event, other events and things to do in Amsterdam, in our article; What is Amsterdam Best Known For

60) Wooden Clogs is a typical traditional Dutch footwear

Farmers, fisherman, construction workers, all used these shoes back in the day. To protect their feet during their work. Over time it developed into a national symbol. Wooden Clogs are not as popular as in the early days to wear during your work. Sometimes you still see farmers walking on clogs. 

However, it is one of the most popular souvenirs in The Netherlands, selling millions of clogs each year. 

61) It is legal to buy cannabis in certain shops

Another Dutch liberal thing? Well, not entirely legal. The government tolerates it. It is a bit of a strange rule. It is legal to sell the product for the shops. However, then can’t buy stock, that’s still illegal. 

The whole market stays a bit shady this way. For years there’s a discussion going on to legalize the whole thing, but they still didn’t manage to do so. Even certain parts of the US are more liberal on this topic than the Dutch! 

When you’re in The Netherlands and planning to try some Dutch Nederwiet, make sure to only buy your product in the designated shops. And inform yourself of the risks and how to use it. You’ll find many shops in Amsterdam, called a Coffeeshop. 

Find out why these shops are called coffee shops, in our article What is Amsterdam Known For?

62) Dutch people use raincoats instead of umbrellas because of the heavy winds

It is not that you never see someone with an umbrella while it’s raining. But wearing a raincoat is more convenient. The raincoats are from the same material as an umbrella. We wear them because often there are heavy winds while it is raining. An umbrella won’t protect you from rain when it’s windy! 

63) The whole country turns orange when celebrating Kingsday 

We are known for our parties! Kingsday, a national holiday where we celebrate the King’s birthday, is probably the best example. Every city turns into a sea of orange, and different events are organized to celebrate the King’s birthday. 

The Royal Family visits a different city every year to celebrate this event with the citizens. 

When you’re in The Netherlands on 27th April (the day of Kingsday), make sure to buy some orange clothes and celebrate with locals! 

Find out more about Kingsday in our article; What is Kingsday in The Netherlands. 

64) Some of the world’s most famous museums are in The Netherlands; 

Museums like Anne Franks House, Rijksmuseum, Rembrandthouse, Van Gogh Museum are in Amsterdam. 

Some other exciting museums like Escher in The Palace, Mauritshuis are to find in The Hague. 

When you love to learn more about the culture of The Netherlands, make sure to visit some of these museums. 

In both our articles, How Many Days do You Need in Amsterdam & Best Things to Do in The Hague, we tell you more about the museums and other great things to do in these cities. 

65) Some of the best football players in the world are Dutch. 

We’re talking about soccer here, which is becoming more and more popular in the United States as well. 

Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten, Wesley Sneijder, Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie, and in recent days Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong are all Dutch! (and these are just a few players!)

Unfortunately, we won only one international title with our national team;

66) The Dutch Football team won the European Championship in 1988

The Dutch won the final against the former Soviet Union. We won 2-0! Goals of Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten. And other famous plays like Rijkaard and Koeman were also playing that game. 

After we won the whole country went crazy! It was even a bigger event than during Kingsday!

The team was honored with a big parade through the Amsterdam Canal Belt, millions of people attended that event. It was even busier than during Kingsday! 

67) The women’s national football team won the European Championship in 2017

We’re not only successful with men’s football. The Dutch women’s national team won the European Championship in 2017 and was 2nd in the World Championship in 2019. 

68) Dutch Speedskating Athletes are the most successful

We love speedskating on ice! And we’re the most successful in the world. 

Dutch Women Athlete Ireen Wust is the most successful speedskater of all time, won the most medals in the Olympics and different world- and European championships. 

Sven Kramer, Dutch Men’s Speedskating Athlete is the only athlete who won three gold medals on three following Olympics on the same event. 

Learn more Facts about Dutch People

A list of 74 facts and I could even go on longer. So much fun, interesting, and random things to tell about The Netherlands and Dutch people. We love being Dutch! 

We wrote another article, Weird Things About Dutch People, where we tell you more about the Dutch people and the weird things they do!

When you want to learn more about The Netherlands and prepare for your next trip to the country, you’ve come to the right place! We love to help you out planning for your next travel adventure. You’ll find a lot of information about The Netherlands (we also write about other countries, see the full list on our destinations page). Some of our articles about The Netherlands; 

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