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Netherlands Information

Population: 16 254 900

Time Zone: GMT +1
Summer +2 in summer

Driving side: Drivers drive on the right side of the road.

Languages: Dutch, Frisian, English

Religion: Roman Catholic 31%
Protestant 21%
Muslim 4.4%
other 3.6%
unaffiliated 40%

Emergency #: Police: 112
Ambulance: 112
Fire Brigade: 112
Operator: 0800/0410
Enquiries: 0900/8

Netherlands Local Customs

Tipping: All prices in the country must include tax and the tip by law. Don't feel obliged to tip, although you may round up if you want

Netherlands Popular Destinations

Amsterdam Amsterdam is Europe's fourth most popular destination after London, Paris and Rome. The city boasts some of the best restaurants, museums and nightlife in the country. Its most famous attractions include its canals, Anne Franks House and the van Gogh Museum.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Located in Rotterdam, this museum is famous for one of the finest collections in the country. The museum has works that range from the middle ages to the ultra modern.

Maastricht The small town of Maastricht is located in the finger of Holland between Belgium and Germany. The mix of cultures makes it the best place to eat in the country.

Moving Around Netherlands

Schiphol International airport is the primary Dutch destination for most major airlines; some smaller feeder or regional airlines may use other airports around the country. The rail network around the Netherlands is outstanding and is the best way to travel. Most stations have a bus terminal near by. The road network is also first class; be sure to plan your route, as most signs will be in Dutch.

National festival and holidays

The North Sea Jazz Festival The Hague is not the most exciting Dutch city, but once a year it gets its own back. The North Sea Jazz Festival, held every July, attracts top-flight musicians, and is well worth making a special effort to get to.

New Year's Day Jan 1
Carnival February 23
Good Friday March/April
Easter Sunday March/April
Easter Monday March/April
Queen's Birthday April 30
Liberation Day May 5
Ascension Day May
Whit Monday May 31
Christmas Dec 25
Boxing Day Dec 26

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