Netherlands flag information
Description flag of Netherlands
three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white and blue; similar to the flag of Luxembourg, which uses a lighter blue and is longer; one of the oldest flags in constant use, originating with WILLIAM I, Prince of Orange, in the latter half of the 16th century
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Official country name
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (long)
Dutchman(men), Dutchwoman(women) (noun) Nederland (adjective)
Dutch (official), Frisian (official)
16,645,313 ranked 61, (data 2008)
located at mouths of three major European rivers (Rhine, Maas or Meuse, and Schelde). The lowest point is Zuidplaspolder -7 m.
Coastline 451 km.
1,027km, Belgium 450 km, Germany 577 km.
12 provinces (provincies, singular - provincie); Drenthe, Flevoland, Friesland (Fryslan), Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Noord-Brabant (North Brabant), Noord-Holland (North Holland), Overijssel, Utrecht, Zeeland (Zealand), Zuid-Holland (South Holland)
Aruba, Netherlands Antilles
23 January 1579 (the northern provinces of the Low Countries conclude the Union of Utrecht breaking with Spain; on 26 July 1581 they formally declared their independence with an Act of Abjuration; however, it was not until 30 January 1648 and the Peace of Westphalia that Spain recognized this independence)