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Study in Netherlands:
The name Netherlands literally meaning "Lower Countries" came about due to its low land and flat geography with only about 50% of its land exceeding one meter above the sea level. The Netherlands is the fifth most densely populated country in the world and the most densely populated country in Europe with a population over 16 million.
Amsterdam is the capital, but the government resides in The Hague. More than 40% of the total population lives in the Randstad, the agglomeration of the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
The Netherlands has been a center of international trade since the 17th century. As the world becomes more globalized, the spirit of diversity and multiculturalism is an advantage.
There are people from over 143 different nationalities teaching, learning and living here. Of all the countries in Europe where English isn’t the ‘main’ language, The Netherlands was the first to offer international study programs, taught entirely in English. Today, there are over 1,150 English taught programs.
Netherlands is also known as the Land of Bicycles. Everyone cycles here and owns an average of 2-3 bicycles. There are separate cycling tracks and bicycle stands everywhere.
Netherlands experiences 4 seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. In Summer, the days can go as long as 17 hours; while in Winter, days can be as short as just 8 hours!
Water dominates the Dutch landscape. Three big European rivers (Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt) reach the ocean via the Netherlands and create an important delta. 26% of the Netherlands is under sea level. During age-long battle against the water, the Dutch constructed a water system consisting of dykes, polders and weirs.
The Netherlands is a politically stable country with a sound financial policy. The Netherlands is one of the most open economies in the world and is one of the world’s top 5 biggest exporters.
Three quarters of the professional population work in the tertiary sector, one quarter in the industrial sector and only 4 percent in agriculture. Despite these figure, the Netherlands are a big exporter of agricultural and horticultural products.
The Netherlands is one of the country’s with the highest English speaking population in Europe.