Essential Info for the Netherlands

Essential info for the NetherlandsPopulation: Almost 17 million

Capital city: Amsterdam (also largest city)

Neighbouring countries: The country shares land borders with Belgium and Germany, and maritime borders with the United Kingdom and France.

Geography: Situated on Western Europe's northern coast, the Netherlands consists of very flat terrain. Much of its land has been reclaimed from the sea and sits below sea level, protected by dykes. 

Political system: Parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Major religions: Mostly secular, Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism)

Main languages: Dutch is the official language. English, French and German are also widely spoken and understood. 

Money: The Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. There are ATMs everywhere, and expats can easily open bank accounts. Most places accept credit cards, with the exception of some supermarkets.

Tipping: Check whether service is included in your restaurant bill, otherwise 10% for good service is perfectly acceptable.

Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 230 Volts, 50Hz. Two-pin round European-style plugs are used.

Internet domain: .nl

International dialling code: +31

Emergency contacts: The pan-European line is 112, and expats can expect operators and technicians to speak English.

Transport and driving: Cars in the Netherlands drive on the right-hand side of the road. The country has an extensive transport system and it's unlikely expats will need a car.

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