The Netherlands as a liberal country makes you feel welcome, free and feel at home.

The Netherlands is a country of egalitarian standpoint in term of moral status, right and the standard of living of its citizen. The Dutch populace is overly relaxed about the idea of social hierarchy and hence its system of social ranking is rather ambiguous. This tolerating and accommodating view of social structure exhibited by the Dutch can be said to be deeply rooted in the spirit of humanism that was typical of the Dutch Republic of the 16th to the 18th century.

The Dutch are open and direct and will most likely show a more relaxed attitude to matters that might be considered sensitive in other cultures. Their no-nonsense approach can be seen as been rude, though they like to consider themselves to be rather open and truthful. This has manifested in the prosperous commercial and industrial centers in the western provinces, which attracted many members of persecuted religious or political minorities and their legalization of same-sex marriage in 2001. It ranks highest in international indexes of press freedom, economic freedom, human development, and quality of life, as well as happiness.

So you are more than welcome in the Dutch Kingdom, feel free and feel at home.

Country Profile

The Netherlands is a nation in Western Europe, bordered by the North Sea in west and north – a maritime border with France and the United Kingdom. Border countries are Belgium and Germany. European Netherlands is a low-lying country as its name suggest, with around a quarter of its territory at or below sea level.

With land area of 41,543 km² – slightly larger than Switzerland (41,285 km²) – and a population of 17,170,000 (2017 estimate), the Northwest European country is a densely populated country owing to its small land mass (ranking as the most populated country in Europe) The capital and largest city of the country is Amsterdam while its seat of government is in the city of The Hague (Den Haag). The official language is Dutch while its people are also regarded as the Dutch.

Public Transportation

Transportation in The Kingdom of Netherlands cities is no different from that in other dense and populous cities in Europe like London, Frankfurt, and Paris.

With a total road network of 139,295 km, which includes 2,758 km of expressways, the Netherlands has one of the densest road networks in the world – much denser than Germany and France, but still not as dense as Belgium. About 13% of all distance is traveled by public transport, the majority of which by train. Like in many other European countries, the Dutch rail network of 3,013 route km is also rather dense and is operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS).

Cycling culture in Netherland is really pronounced as there are actually segregated cycling infrastructures on major highways. As a really ubiquitous mode of transport among Dutch populace, almost as many kilometers are covered by bicycle as by train with the Dutch estimated to have at least 18 million bicycles.