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Netherlands

Netherlands
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:230V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:C, F,
TV Systems:
System:PAL B / PAL G
DVD-Region: 2
Geography
Bordering countries:

Location:
Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany
Area:
total: 41,526 sq km
land: 33,883 sq km
water: 7,643 sq km
Climate:
temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters
Terrain:
mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders); some hills in southeast
Economy
GDP: $499.8 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 1.1% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $30,500 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 1.7% (2005 est.)
Currency:
note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries
Exchange rates:
euros per US dollar - 0.8041 (2005), 0.8054 (2004), 0.886 (2003), 1.0626 (2002), 1.1175 (2001)
People
Population: 16,491,461 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 0.49% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Roman Catholic 31%, Dutch Reformed 13%, Calvinist 7%, Muslim 5.5%, other 2.5%, none 41% (2002)
Languages:
Dutch (official), Frisian (official)
Government
Capital:
name: Amsterdam
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
note: The Hague (seat of government)
Independence:
23 January 1579 (the northern provinces of the Low Countries conclude the Union of Utrecht breaking with Spain; it was not until 1648 that Spain recognized their independence)


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