Often people ask me: What's the difference between Holland and the Netherlands?
My answer: Well the Netherlands are divided into 12 provinces, and only two of them are called Holland. You see them on the map. They are Noord(North) -Holland and Zuid(South)-Holland.
Talking about Holland, people seem to think that we have only windmills, wooden shoes, tulips, national costumes and ..... Hansje Brinkers, the little boy who put his finger in the dike and who never existed. Nowadays coffeeshops, where you cannot buy coffee but marijuana, take the place of wooden shoes and tulips in the minds of many visitors.
I'd like to tell what the history of my country really is. We are like Great Britain a seafaring nation. Of course, for we have water on two sides. The Dutch are shaped by sea, wind and many foreign influences, as we have many neighbours.Our language is also shaped by the French, German and English languages. Besides Dutch we also have the Friesian language, spoken in Friesland, one of the northern provinces.
The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999.
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