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Countries of the World: Netherlands
Resources about Netherlands including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Netherlands GDP (2009): $715 billion. GDP growth (2010 est.): 1.75%. GDP per capita (2009): $35,500. Natural resources: Natural gas, petroleum, fertile soil. Agriculture (1.8% of GDP): Products--dairy, poultry, meat, livestock, flower bulbs, cut flowers, vegetables and fruits, sugar beets, potatoes, wheat, barley. Industry (25.4% of GDP): Types--agro-industries, steel and aluminum, metal and engineering products, electric machinery and equipment, bulk chemicals, natural gas, petroleum products, construction, transport equipment, microelectronics, fishing. Services (72.8% of GDP): Types--trade, hotels, restaurants, transport, storage and communication, financial (banking and insurance) and business services, care, and other. Trade (2009): Exports--$387.8 billion f.o.b.: machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, mineral fuels, processed food and tobacco, agricultural products. Imports--$345.6 billion f.o.b.: mineral fuels and crude petroleum, machinery, transportation equipment, chemicals, mineral fuels and crude petroleum, consumer goods, foodstuffs. Major trading partners (exports/imports)--EU (74.5%/55.6%), Germany (24.1%/19.6%), Belgium (11%/10%), China (1.5%/7.9%), United Kingdom (8.4%/6.1%), and U.S. (4.5%/8.4%), France (8.9%/4.9%). *Figures are based on a July 2010 exchange rate of 0.80 euro to the dollar.

Geography of Netherlands Area: 41,526 sq. km. (16,485 sq. mi.); about half the size of South Carolina. Cities: Capital--Amsterdam (pop. 767,457). Other cities--The Hague, seat of government (488,553); Rotterdam (593,049); Utrecht (307,081). Terrain: Coastal lowland. Climate: Northern maritime, with cool summers and mild winters.

Government of Netherlands Type: Parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch. Constitution: 1814 and 1848. Branches: Executive--monarch (chief of state), prime minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--bicameral parliament (First and Second Chambers). Judicial--Supreme Court. Subdivisions: 12 provinces. Political parties: Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), Labor Party (PvdA), Freedom Party (PVV), Socialist Party (SP), Liberal Party (VVD), other minor parties. Suffrage: Universal at 18.

Map of Netherlands This Map of Netherlands shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Amsterdam the capital of Netherlands. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Netherlands The Official Name of Netherlands is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Netherlands Population: 16.6 million. Nationality: Noun--Dutchmen and Dutchwomen. Adjective--Dutch. Ethnic groups: Predominantly Dutch; large minority communities are Moroccans, Turks, Surinamese, and Dutch Caribbean. Religions: Largest groups are Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim. Language: Dutch. Education: Years compulsory--13. Attendance--nearly 100%. Literacy--99%. Health: Infant mortality rate--3.8/1000. Life expectancy-- 79.55 years. Civilian employment (second quarter 2010, 7.807 million): industry--11.2%; manufacturing--16.9%; services--80.1%; agriculture--2.9%.

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