The Netherlands

Discover bulb fields, windmills, cheese markets, wooden shoes, canals of Amsterdam, masterpieces of Old Masters, Delft Blue earthenware, innovative water-management and millions of bicycles.

THREE things we did not know about the Netherlands:

  1. The tallest people in the world live in the Netherlands. The average height for men is 183cm (6ft), while women average 171cm (5ft 7in). 
  2. The Netherlands produce 80% of the world’s flower bulbs and the flower industry makes up over 5% of the Netherland’s GDP.
  3. “The Netherlands” translates to “the lowlands” and there’s no secret how the country got its name! It is the most low-lying country in Europe, with almost one third below sea level. Zuidplaspolder is the lowest point, at 6.7 metres below sea level, while the highest point is Vaalserberg hill, at 323 metres above sea level.

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