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The Netherlands

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Michelle Parlevliet

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The Netherlands PLACE & LOCATION Absolute Location The absolute location of the Netherlands is
52 degrees 23' north, and 4 degrees 55' east. Relative Location Located in the northern hemisphere,
The Netherlands is crammed into the
continent of Europe, and is found to the
left of Germany and just above Belgium;
sitting along the coast of the North Sea. ENVIRONMENT Climate The temperature year round
is fairly balanced, with each
month maintaining nearly the
same amount of precipitation; although fall and especially summer months obtain slightly higher quantities. The coastline ensures that it is not too cold in the winter, and not too hot in the summer. Landscape The Netherlands physical land form
has interesting features. The first being:
20% of it's area sits below sea level, leaving
21% of it's population doing the same. Seeing as about half of it's surface area measures only 1 meter above water level, the country is dappled with an extensive range of seawalls, coastal dunes, and dikes to keep the rivers and ocean from catastrophe flooding.

Despite all the majorly low land, the Netherlands features higher landscapes towards the east and south parts of the country, which have a few minor hills throughout. The topmost point in the entire country measures 322.7 meters (1,059ft) tall. DID YOU KNOW? The name "The Netherlands" means "the low countries", for obvious reasons...

The Netherlands is often referred to as Holland; however, in reality North & South Holland are just two of the countries twelve provinces. REGION Nationalities & Culture Estimated population: 16,742,993 A majority of the population is ethnically Dutch, nevertheless other nationalities within the country feature Indonesians, Germans, Turkish, and a variety of others. It is tradition to learn foreign languages such as English, German and French, however, English is the most popular to be learned. Traditions & Customs It's considered impolite to cease from addressing oneself upon an entrance in a room full of people.
It's expected of the Dutch to shake hands when introducing themselves
When meeting loved ones, it is common for them to perform a three-kiss greeting (right cheek, left cheek, right cheek).
It is not unusual for Dutch people to wear footwear inside. Clogs are one of the first things that comes to mind when other cultures think of the Dutch, as they are a common fashion statement for many in the country. Religion Before World War II, 10% of the population of the Netherlands capital city, Amsterdam, was Jewish. Now, however, Roman Catholicism is the largest shared religion in the country. Some other religions within Holland are Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus along with several different Catholicisms. The official language is Dutch, although a second is Friesan, which is spoken throughout the northern province of Friesland. Languages Political Divisions Each of the twelve provinces within the country of Holland is governed separately, much like in Canada. Municipalities divide every province; in addition, the country is also divided into water districts, which are governed by a water board. According to a dated study, there are 27 water districts. Similarities To Neighboring Countries Unlike the Netherlands, Germany does not feature Dutch as it's first language, instead they speak German. On the other hand, Belgium's official languages contain Dutch, as well as French and German.

The climate in all three of these countries is maritime temperate, and as a result, Germany, Belgium and Holland's precipitation rates amount to about the same. Both neighboring countries also tend to have a slightly heavier rainfall throughout summer and fall months. DID YOU KNOW? The Dutch are the tallest people in the world, with average heights reaching 5 ft 11 for grown men and 5 ft 6 for women. M
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T Transportation How far from here:
A trip from Toronto airport to Holland's capital city would be a distance of about 6000 km, and the trip there could take a bit over 8 hours.

How to get there from here:
The flight path on the same trip would take you through the skies of Quebec and Newfoundland, and before landing you'd fly over the United Kingdom as well; otherwise, a large fraction of the plane ride is spent over the North Atlantic Ocean, the ocean that separates North America from Europe, Africa and Asia. Migration In 2010, 11.1% of the population was marked as foreign-born in a national survey. 8.5% were born outside of Europe, whereas the remaining 2.6% had been born in other parts of the continent.

As a result, the Netherlands has had it's fair share of immigration; however, emigration from the country still towers slightly over the latter. Despite the amount of people leaving the country, Holland remains an ideal home for many. The country is situated on the coast of the North Sea, a vast water source for such a small country; along with a surplus of jobs plus a strong economical system, the Netherlands creates an abundance of opportunities for the inhabitants. However, if moving from Canada to Holland, you'll find the houses, people, and the country itself a little crammed. After all, it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. around here Importing & Exporting Trading is an important factor in the Netherlands, as it is the main support system for the country.

Holland exports:
fuel
food
machinery and equipment

To these countries:
Germany
Belgium
France
United Kingdom
Italy

Holland imports:
machine parts
transport equipment
chemicals
foodstuffs
clothing

From these countries:
Germany
France
China
Belgium
United States
United Kingdom
Russia about 8 hours INTERACTION Land Use A large portion of the land in the Netherlands is used for things other than agriculture, such as residency for their mass population, and industries like those used to process their items for trade. Most of dutch farming uses arable land for crops like wheat, maize and rice. Very little of the countries environment is used for permanent crops like coffee, citrus and rubber. These tulips fields are the main attraction in Holland, and lots of arable land is used for growing them. DID YOU KNOW? Settlement The Netherlands used to be considerably smaller in size, even though borders have not changed. It's because 25% of the current land was reclaimed from the sea using several dikes and pumps. Taking the small amount of area into account, many opt for homes near the water as the country works a fishing industry. Speaking of fishing, Holland also features a complex system of ports and canals which run throughout the capital city of Amsterdam. Because of this unique characteristic, a majority of residents prefer bicycles over automobiles in terms of transportation. Port of Rotterdam THANK YOU FOR WATCHING MY PRESENTATION! I think people have chosen to settle in the Netherlands because putting aside it's industry success, the land itself has many opportunities. For example, it's year-round marine climate makes it easy for most crops to grow (mild winters, cool summers).
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