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The Netherlands

he Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland), is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Nether-lands, the Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba. The Netherlands is a Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy, located in West-ern Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east.

The Netherlands has a maximum dimension of 190 miles by 160 miles - about twice the size of New Jersey. It is low and flat except in Limburg in the southeast, where some of the hills rise up to 1056 feet! About half the country’s area is below sea level, making famous the Dutch dikes. Reclamation of land from the sea through dikes has continued through recent times.

The Netherlands is often called Holland. This is technically in-correct, as North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces. It is popularly known for its windmills, cheese, clogs (wooden shoes), delftware and gouda pottery, dikes, tulips, bicycles, and social tolerance. The Netherlands has an international outlook...

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