- Location : Western Europe
- Capital: Amsterdam
- Language: Dutch, Limburgish, Frisian, Low Saxon, English
- Total Area: 41,848 km2
- Currency: Euro
- Annual average liquor consumption per capita: 10.6 liters per year
- Annual Beer Consumption Per Capita: 77 liters per year
- The most popular drink: Jenever Gin, Beers (Heineken, Amstel, Grolsch, Skol, Brandt, Breda)
The Netherlands in its entirety is often referred to as Holland, although North and South Holland are actually only two of its twelve provinces. History of the Netherlands dates back to 1519 with the Dutch Republic formation in 1581. It is a country rich in history and cultural heritage, but to me, it will always hold a special place as my first visited Western European country. I was initially most excited to be in a country where I would be of an average height among the tallest people in the world, but this fascination was quickly replaced by breathtaking art, architecture and nature.
Amsterdam is an excellent place for drinkers with friendly locals always willing to buy you a pint or ten. I also highly recommend visiting one of the beer festivals. PINT Bokbierfestival takes place every October, and it is dedicated to Bock beers. It is as much about beer with over 50 varieties to be tasted as it is about mingling with friends and making new ones.
Interesting Facts About Netherlands
Story By Marina Balzac
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Adebayo Ahmed Adebola (Ilorin, Nigeria).
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