There are a number of fascinating facts that are uniquely Dutch, that make the Netherlands one of the most interesting countries in the world. Let’s take a look at 8 of these interesting facts.
#1 The country’s location
One of the unique facts about the Netherlands is that it’s located on two continents, with 12 of its provinces located in the northwestern Europe, and three of its islands located in Latin America.
#2 Population of the Netherlands
The Netherlands is currently the most densely populated country in Europe, with about 487 people found per every square kilometer. This means that this country leads other European countries in terms of population density by more than 1 million people.
#3 Migration habits of the population of the Netherlands
In spite of the Netherlands being among the strongest economies in Europe, a large number of Dutch residents migrate to other countries every year in search for a better life, with most of them immigrating to Canada, Australia, the United States of America, South Africa and Brazil.
#4 The Dutch are the tallest people in the world
Scientists have discovered that the Dutch people are actually the tallest people in the world, with men averaging aheight of about 1.84 meters, whereas females average a height of about 1.70 meters. This has been attributed to a number of factors such as the Dutch DNA, welfare as well as nutrition. There has also been speculation that their height is a result of their abundant consumption of dairy products.
#5 More than 50 per cent of Netherlands is less than a meter above sea level
It’s an amazing thing that the Netherlands is not located in a tsunami prone area of the world because it would have presented quite a challenge for this populous nation which has over 50 per cent of its land mass less than a meter above sea level. At least a quarter of the country is actually below sea level and protected from sea waters by sand dunes and dykes.
#6 The City of Amsterdam is built entirely on poles
Most of the soil in the City of Amsterdam consists of clay as well as thick layers of fen therefore making construction quite tricky. As a solution, wooden poles are fixed at an average depth of at least 11 meters into the ground and buildings constructed atop these poles.
#7 Tulips are not originally Dutch
The Tulip festival by the Dutch has grown to become one of the largest and most celebrated flower festivals in the world. However, it’s interesting to note that Tulips are actually not originally Dutch. They were originally imported from Turkey and seemed to thrive best in the Dutch soils and have since become a symbol of Dutch culture and economic prosperity.
We hope that you enjoyed these fascinating facts and that they will make you much more interested to visit this beautiful country and get to experience them first hand