Monday, 23 March 2009

That's My World: The Netherlands


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The Dutch flag

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The Netherlans are divided in 12 provinces.

1 History
Dutch Republic 1581–1795 founded by the Prince of Orange, William the Silent, ancestor of the House of Orange.Before that time we were part of the Spanish Kingdom.

Under French influence 1795–1815. We were part of the French Empire under Napoleon. When Napoleon was defeated we became independent again as a kingdom.

Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1815-till today. We had first three kings, then three ruling Queens. Queen Beatrix is our queen at this moment.

The Netherlands is a country that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a parliamentary democratic constitutional monarchy. The Netherlands is located in Northwestern Europe, and bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The capital is Amsterdam and the seat of government is The Hague.

The Netherlands is often called Holland, which is formally incorrect as North and South Holland are merely two of its twelve provinces. The word Dutch is used to refer to the people, the language, and anything appertaining to the
Netherlands.


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41 comments:

Dirk said...

Het leuke is dat ik in 'my world' ook een deel van Nederland voorstel.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for the scoop!

Sylvia K said...

I love all the information and history! I have been to The Netherlands and loved it! A beautiful place. Thank you for sharing such interesting info about it's history.

ewok1993 said...

That's a good history lesson. REader Will, I love all your headers. They are fantastic.

Enjoy the week.

Constantinos said...

I have visited only Amsterdam from The Netherlands and I was greatly impressed by the Rijksmuseum. I was particularly impressed by Johaness Vermeen's paintings and the truly splendid writing table displays.

Gramma Ann said...

Hello Reader Wil,

I enjoyed learning a little bit about "Your World" today. Thanks for sharing.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The Netherlands is one place I would LOVE to visit. Thank you for showing the map with the twelve provinces. I'm crazy about maps. ;-)

TheWritersPorch said...

Now that was a very good history lesson Wil......I really enjoyed that!!Thanks, I learned something
new!
Hugs,
Carol

Arkansas Patti said...

Very well done Reader Wil. You must have been a good teacher. Concise, very informative and interesting. I have got to look further though into William the Silent. He sounds interesting and I want to know why he was silent.
Thank you.

Tarolino said...

Very interesting post. I just loved the historic facts in it. Some I knew and some I didn't. For example that about Holland I didn't know. I shall never again use that name.

Denise said...

A wonderful history and geography lesson. Thank you, enjoyed my visit very much.

Babooshka said...

This is very true people in the UK and here say Holland when they mean the Netherlands. Lots of places in the UK have Holland in their name.

Today's Blah... said...

A great info I love so much, a very good reminder and a bit of smile on my face. :)

Pam said...

My husband and I would love to see the Netherlands. His father was born in The Hague. Thank you for sharing.

starnitesky said...

I have learnt something today! Thanks for the information on the Netherlands.

Arija said...

Interesting changes, when I went to school, The Hague was the capital and Amsterdam the centre of trade. When did it change/

Indrani said...

That was one good read!
And nicely done with shots!

lmerie said...

Very interesting! My great, great grandfather was from Holland, whether North or South I do not know, but this is intersting! My step daughter is moving the Netherlands this fall. One day I may make it there :)

alicesg said...

Nice information about the history of Netherlands. Now I am wiser. :)

Recipes for theLife said...

Thankyou for sharing your world with us.Netherland is a beautiful country as seen in pics.It must be more beautiful to see it up and close

chaitra

Lawstude said...

thanks for sharing. i now learn something new about your place.

Etje said...

En zo leren we weer wat bij, en daar zijn we nooit te oud voor.

Groetjes

Jenn said...

I have 2 Dutch friends and yet to visit The Netherlands. Thanks for that interesting tidbits about your country. Enjoyed it a lot!

Niinuska said...

Historical and interesting! Thanks!

Abe said...

Nice post, Wil. I like the parking sign too. I think that is what it is.

Brenda said...

I loved learning this Wil! I am a little behind on blogging. I always enjoy coming here to visit you!

Lily Hydrangea said...

thanks for explaining this so simply & clearly. I must confess to being confused about such matters until now!

Dina said...

Thanks for the clear good explanation of your country. I think I've never seen a map of the provinces, so yours is a big help.

fishing guy said...

Wil: Thanks so much for the history and geography lesson about the Netherlands. I learned a lot today of your country.

Carla said...

How VERY interesting! Thank you for taking the time to share:)

Clara said...

Great post! Thanks for the little history lesson. I never knew why The Netherlands was called Holland.

Clara said...

Thanks for visiting me so quickly! And for the info about the Canadians liberating The Netherlands! I'm really developing a love of history thru the My World meme and my Flag Friday posts. I appreciate you adding to my knowledge!

Ivar Ivrig said...

Great post. Very informative. Thank you for sharing

Jeannette St.G. said...

Somehow I missed this one! Willem van Oranje, my hero!

Erin said...

your world in a very concise and informative post. i learned something too :) never knew that it was part of spain.

thanks for sharing and have a great week.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great history. I have met several people here at the motel from the Netherlands it is always a pleasure

Barbara Martin said...

Thanks for sharing your country's history.

Louise said...

How interesting. My last name (married name) is Dutch. There is little of the Dutch blood left coursing through my husband's veins, but the name has survived 9 generations in America. (With a few spelling changes.) One of our daughters could pass for a Dutch girl, however, and we gave her a Dutch name. (Or at least a Dutch spelling of a name that is also Scandinavian.) I have no Dutch roots personally, so know little about it. My daughters are intrigued, so I really liked this brief history.

Anya said...

Hallo
Leuk om de geschiedenis van mijn eigen land te lezen:))
Ik kwam toevallig uw blog tegen en ik merkte dat U oorspronkelijk uit nederland kwam !!
Leuk blog heeft U :))
Toen ik het laatste gepubliceerde blogje van U las moest ik wel even een traantje wegvegen :(
Ik heb zelf ook twee dochters :)
Ik hoop dat U nog nederlands kan lezen :)
Zelf heb ik een kat fun blog, een beetje flauwekul op zijn tijd mag wel ;)
Groetjes Anya

Anya said...

SORRY foutje ik las net dat U zelf wel in Nederland woont :)
Ik woon in Limburg niet zo ver van U.
Volgende keer zal ik beter lezen hihi.....
Groetjes Anya

Janice Thomson said...

A much enjoyed post with good info Wil.