FAQ

How liberal is the Netherlands?

In the 1960s, the Netherlands transformed itself from a former colonial empire with a predominantly provincial mentality into a small nation with a predominantly international mentality. Whereas the Netherlands had traditionally been considered as a profoundly religious country with rather []

Holland or the Netherlands?

The Netherlands (in Dutch: Nederland) is a constitutional monarchy in Western Europe with some 17 million inhabitants. The country is sometimes referred to as Holland, although Holland is only a region within the Netherlands, just like Zeeland, Friesland, Brabant, etc. []

Dutch or Flemish?

The word “Dutch” (in Dutch: Nederlands) has the same etymological origin as Deutsch (German), meaning “those who speak a popular language (and not Latin).” Despite grammatical similarities, Dutch cannot be considered a variant of German, but is rather a proper []

Belgium or Flanders?

Belgium (in Dutch: België) is a constitutional monarchy in Western Europe with some 10 million inhabitants. Flanders (in Dutch: Vlaanderen), originally meaning “land near the sea,” refers to a geographical area in the north of Belgium that is Dutch-speaking. In []

How Dutch is the United States?

Many American geographical names (Harlem, Flushing, Brooklyn), landmarks (Wall Street), families (Roosevelt, Van Buren) and words (dollar, Yankee, dope, cookie, boss, coleslaw) originate from the early 17th century Dutch New Netherland settlement in present-day New York. Some five million Americans []

What is typically Dutch?

The word “Netherlands” means “Low Countries.” The flatness of the countryas well as the struggle against the ever threatening sea are strong metaphors in the definition of Dutch identity. Exemplary are the 17th century landscape paintings with a high sky []

What is special about Dutch art?

As a center of trade, the Netherlands has traditionally attracted wealthy art lovers. Dutch artists particularly excelled in the art of painting, starting in Bruges and Ghent in the fifteenth century with Jan van Eyck and other “Flemish Primitives.” Centers of art production later shifted to Brussels []