Introduction ::Netherlands


The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Geography ::Netherlands


Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany

Geographic coordinates:

52 30 N, 5 45 E


total: 41,543 sq km

country comparison to the world: 135

land: 33,893 sq km

water: 7,650 sq km

Area - comparative:

slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey

Land boundaries:

total: 1,027 km

border countries: Belgium 450 km, Germany 577 km


451 km

Maritime claims:

territorial sea: 12 nm

contiguous zone: 24 nm

exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm


temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters


mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders); some hills in southeast

Elevation extremes:

lowest point: Zuidplaspolder -7 m

highest point: Mount Scenery 862 m (on the island of Saba in the Caribbean, now considered an integral part of the Netherlands following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles)

note: the highest point on continental Netherlands is Vaalserberg at 322 m

Natural resources:

natural gas, petroleum, peat, limestone, salt, sand and gravel, arable land

Land use:

arable land: 25.08%

permanent crops: 0.88%

other: 74.04% (2011)

Irrigated land:

4,572 sq km (2007)

Total renewable water resources:

91 cu km (2011)

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):

total: 10.61 cu km/yr (12%/88%/1%)

per capita: 636.7 cu m/yr (2008)

Natural hazards:


Environment - current issues:

water pollution in the form of heavy metals, organic compounds, and nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates; air pollution from vehicles and refining activities; acid rain

Environment - international agreements:

party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling

signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:

located at mouths of three major European rivers (Rhine, Maas or Meuse, and Schelde)

People and Society ::Netherlands


noun: Dutchman(men), Dutchwoman(women)

adjective: Dutch

Ethnic groups:

Dutch 80.7%, EU 5%, Indonesian 2.4%, Turkish 2.2%, Surinamese 2%, Moroccan 2%, Caribbean 0.8%, other 4.8% (2008 est.)


Dutch (official), Frisian (official)


Roman Catholic 30%, Protestant 20% (Dutch Reformed 11%, Calvinist 6%, other Protestant 3%), Muslim 5.8%, other 2.2%, none 42% (2006)


16,805,037 (July 2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 64

Age structure:

0-14 years: 17.1% (male 1,468,364/female 1,401,651)

15-24 years: 12.2% (male 1,041,181/female 1,002,125)

25-54 years: 40.8% (male 3,436,713/female 3,411,374)

55-64 years: 12.9% (male 1,083,095/female 1,085,929)

65 years and over: 17.1% (male 1,284,788/female 1,589,817) (2013 est.)

Dependency ratios:

total dependency ratio: 51.7 %

youth dependency ratio: 25.9 %

elderly dependency ratio: 25.8 %

potential support ratio: 3.9 (2013)

Median age:

total: 41.8 years

male: 41 years

female: 42.6 years (2013 est.)

Population growth rate:

0.44% (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 156

Birth rate:

10.85 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 177

Death rate:

8.48 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 83

Net migration rate:

1.99 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 41


urban population: 83% of total population (2010)

rate of urbanization: 0.8% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Major urban areas - population:

AMSTERDAM (capital) 1.044 million; Rotterdam 1.008 million; The Hague (seat of government) 629,000 (2009)

Sex ratio:

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female

0-14 years: 1.05 male(s)/female

15-24 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

25-54 years: 1.01 male(s)/female

55-64 years: 1 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.8 male(s)/female

total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (2013 est.)

Mother's mean age at first birth:

28.9 (2005 est.)

Maternal mortality rate:

6 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)

country comparison to the world: 172

Infant mortality rate:

total: 3.69 deaths/1,000 live births

country comparison to the world: 205

male: 3.99 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 3.38 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 81.01 years

country comparison to the world: 21

male: 78.93 years

female: 83.21 years (2013 est.)

Total fertility rate:

1.78 children born/woman (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 154

Contraceptive prevalence rate:


note: percent of women aged 18-45 (2008)

Health expenditures:

11.9% of GDP (2010)

country comparison to the world: 7

Physicians density:

3.92 physicians/1,000 population (2007)

Hospital bed density:

4.7 beds/1,000 population (2009)

Drinking water source:


urban: 100% of population

rural: 100% of population

total: 100% of population (2010 est.)

Sanitation facility access:


urban: 100% of population

rural: 100% of population

total: 100% of population (2010 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.2% (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 97

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:

22,000 (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 74

HIV/AIDS - deaths:

fewer than 100 (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 130

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:

18.8% (2008)

country comparison to the world: 103

Education expenditures:

5.9% of GDP (2009)

country comparison to the world: 42


definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 99%

male: 99%

female: 99% (2003 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):

total: 17 years

male: 17 years

female: 17 years (2010)

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24:

total: 7.7%

country comparison to the world: 122

male: 7.5%

female: 7.8% (2011)

Government ::Netherlands

Country name:

conventional long form: Kingdom of the Netherlands

conventional short form: Netherlands

local long form: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden

local short form: Nederland

Government type:

constitutional monarchy


name: Amsterdam

geographic coordinates: 52 21 N, 4 55 E

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 is the seat of government; time descriptions apply to the continental Netherlands only, not to the Caribbean components

Administrative divisions:

12 provinces (provincies, singular - provincie); Drenthe, Flevoland, Fryslan (Friesland), Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Noord-Brabant (North Brabant), Noord-Holland (North Holland), Overijssel, Utrecht, Zeeland (Zealand), Zuid-Holland (South Holland)

Dependent areas:

Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten


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)

National holiday:

Queen's Day (Birthday of deceased Queen-Mother JULIANA and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX), 30 April (1909 and 1980)


adopted 1815; amended many times

Legal system:

civil law system based on the French system; constitution does not permit judicial review of acts of the States General

International law organization participation:

accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; accepts ICCt jurisdiction


18 years of age; universal

Executive branch:

chief of state: King WILLEM-ALEXANDER (since 30 April 2013)

head of government: Prime Minister Mark RUTTE (since 14 October 2010); Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk ASSCHER (since 5 November 2012); note - Mark RUTTE tendered his resignation 23 April 2012; new elections were held on 12 September 2012 in which his party won the most seats; during the interim period he remained in office in a care-taking position; he was sworn in again to be prime minister on 5 November 2012

cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the monarch

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elections: the monarchy is hereditary; following Second Chamber elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition usually appointed prime minister by the monarch; deputy prime ministers appointed by the monarch

note: there is also a Council of State composed of the monarch, heir apparent, and councilors that provides consultations to the cabinet on legislative and administrative policy

Legislative branch:

bicameral States General or Staten Generaal consists of the First Chamber or Eerste Kamer (75 seats; members indirectly elected by the country's 12 provincial councils to serve four-year terms) and the Second Chamber or Tweede Kamer (150 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve at most four-year terms)

elections: First Chamber - last held on May 2011 (next to be held in May 2015); Second Chamber - last held on 12 September 2012 (next to be held by September 2016)

election results: First Chamber - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - VVD 16, PvdA 14, CDA 11, PVV 10, SP 8, D66 5, GL 5, other 6; Second Chamber - percent of vote by party - VVD 26.6%, PvdA 24.8%, PVV, 10.1%, SP 9.7%, CDA 8.5%, D66 8.0%, CU 3.1%, GL 6.7%, other 2.5%; seats by party - VVD 41, PvdA 38, PVV 15, SP 15, CDA 13, D66 12, CU 5, GL 4, other 7

Judicial branch:

highest court(s): Supreme Court or Hoge Raad (consists of 41 judges: the president, 6 vice-presidents, 31 justices or raadsheren, and 3 justices in exceptional service, referred to as buitengewone dienst); the court is divided into criminal, civil, tax, and ombuds chambers

judge selection and term of office: justices appointed by the monarch from a list provided by the Second Chamber of the States General; justices appointed for life or until mandatory retirement at age 70

subordinate courts: courts of appeal; district courts, each with up to 5 subdistrict courts

Political parties and leaders:

Christian Democratic Appeal or CDA [Sybrand VAN HAERSMA BUMA]

Christian Union or CU [Arie SLOB]

Democrats 66 or D66 [Alexander PECHTOLD]

Green Left or GL [Bram VAN OJIK]

Labor Party or PvdA [Diederik SAMSOM]

Party for Freedom or PVV [Geert WILDERS]

Party for the Animals or PvdD [Marianne THIEME]

People's Party for Freedom and Democracy or VVD [Halbe ZIJLSTRA]

Reformed Political Party of SGP [Kees VAN DER STAAIJ]

Socialist Party of SP [Emile ROEMER]

plus a few minor parties

Political pressure groups and leaders:

Christian Trade Union Federation or CNV [Jaap SMIT]

Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers or VNO-NCW [Bernard WIENTJES]

Federation for Small and Medium-sized businesses or MKB [Hans BIESHEUVEL]

Netherlands Trade Union Federation or FNV [Ton HEERTS]

Social Economic Council or SER [Wiebe DRAIJER]

Trade Union Federation of Middle and High Personnel or MHP [Reginald VISSER]

International organization participation:

ADB (nonregional member), AfDB (nonregional member), Arctic Council (observer), Australia Group, Benelux, BIS, CBSS (observer), CD, CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECB, EIB, EITI (implementing country), EMU, ESA, EU, FAO, FATF, G-10, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGAD (partners), IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, Paris Club, PCA, Schengen Convention, SELEC (observer), UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMISS, UNRWA, UNTSO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC

Diplomatic representation in the US:

chief of mission: Ambassador Rudolf Simon BEKINK

chancery: 4200 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

telephone: [1] (202) 244-5300, [1] 877-388-2443

FAX: [1] (202) 362-3430

consulate(s) general: Chicago, Miami, New York, San Francisco

consulate(s): Boston

Diplomatic representation from the US:

chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires ad interim Edwin NOLAN

embassy: Lange Voorhout 102, 2514 EJ, The Hague

mailing address: PSC 71, Box 1000, APO AE 09715

telephone: [31] (70) 310-2209

FAX: [31] (70) 310-2207

consulate(s) general: Amsterdam

Flag description:

three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and blue; similar to the flag of Luxembourg, which uses a lighter blue and is longer; the colors were those of WILLIAM I, Prince of Orange, who led the Dutch Revolt against Spanish sovereignty in the latter half of the 16th century; originally the upper band was orange, but because it tended to fade to red over time, the red shade was eventually made the permanent color; the banner is perhaps the oldest tricolor in continuous use

National symbol(s):


National anthem:

name: ""Het Wilhelmus"" (The William)

lyrics/music: Philips VAN MARNIX van Sint Aldegonde (presumed)/unknown

note: adopted 1932, in use since the 17th century, making it the oldest national anthem in the world; also known as ""Wilhelmus van Nassouwe"" (William of Nassau), it is in the form of an acrostic, where the first letter of each stanza spells the name of the leader of the Dutch Revolt

Economy ::Netherlands

Economy - overview:

The Dutch economy is the sixth-largest economy in the euro-zone and is noted for its stable industrial relations, moderate unemployment and inflation, a sizable trade surplus, and an important role as a European transportation hub. Industrial activity is predominantly in food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery. A highly mechanized agricultural sector employs only 2% of the labor force but provides large surpluses for the food-processing industry and for exports. The Netherlands, along with 11 of its EU partners, began circulating the euro currency on 1 January 2002. After 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, the Dutch economy - highly dependent on an international financial sector and international trade - contracted by 3.5% in 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis. The Dutch financial sector suffered, due in part to the high exposure of some Dutch banks to U.S. mortgage-backed securities. In 2008, the government nationalized two banks and injected billions of dollars of capital into other financial institutions, to prevent further deterioration of a crucial sector. The government also sought to boost the domestic economy by accelerating infrastructure programs, offering corporate tax breaks for employers to retain workers, and expanding export credit facilities. The stimulus programs and bank bailouts, however, resulted in a government budget deficit of 5.3% of GDP in 2010 that contrasted sharply with a surplus of 0.7% in 2008. The government of Prime Minister Mark RUTTE began implementing fiscal consolidation measures in early 2011, mainly reductions in expenditures, which resulted in an improved budget deficit in 2011. In 2012 tax revenues dropped nearly 9%, GDP contracted, and the budget deficit deteriorated. Although jobless claims continued to grow, the unemployment rate remained relatively low at 6.8 percent.

GDP (purchasing power parity):

$718.6 billion (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 24

$725 billion (2011 est.)

$717.9 billion (2010 est.)

note: data are in 2012 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate):

$773.1 billion (2012 est.)

GDP - real growth rate:

-0.9% (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 198

1% (2011 est.)

1.6% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP):

$42,900 (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 23

$43,400 (2011 est.)

$43,200 (2010 est.)

note: data are in 2012 US dollars

Gross national saving:

27.2% of GDP (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 34

28.2% of GDP (2011 est.)

25.8% of GDP (2010 est.)

GDP - composition, by end use:

household consumption: 45.5%

government consumption: 28.4%

investment in fixed capital: 16.8%

investment in inventories: 0.4%

exports of goods and services: 87.3%

imports of goods and services: -78.5%

(2012 est.)

GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 2.8%

industry: 24%

services: 73.2% (2012 est.)

Agriculture - products:

grains, potatoes, sugar beets, fruits, vegetables; livestock


agroindustries, metal and engineering products, electrical machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum, construction, microelectronics, fishing

Industrial production growth rate:

-0.4% (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 138

Labor force:

7.895 million (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 62

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 2%

industry: 18%

services: 80% (2005 est.)

Unemployment rate:

5.3% (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 49

5.8% (2011 est.)

Population below poverty line:

10.5% (2005)

Household income or consumption by percentage share:

lowest 10%: 2.5%

highest 10%: 22.9% (1999)

Distribution of family income - Gini index:

30.9 (2007)

country comparison to the world: 111

32.6 (1994)


revenues: $357.9 billion

expenditures: $388.8 billion (2012 est.)

Taxes and other revenues:

46.3% of GDP (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 20

Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):

-4% of GDP (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 141

Public debt:

71.1% of GDP (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 38

65.4% of GDP (2011 est.)

note: data cover general government debt, and includes debt instruments issued (or owned) by government entities other than the treasury; the data include treasury debt held by foreign entities; the data include debt issued by subnational entities, as well as intra-governmental debt; intra-governmental debt consists of treasury borrowings from surpluses in the social funds, such as for retirement, medical care, and unemployment, debt instruments for the social funds are not sold at public auctions

Fiscal year:

calendar year

Inflation rate (consumer prices):

2.8% (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 85

2.5% (2011 est.)

Central bank discount rate:

1.5% (31 December 2012)

country comparison to the world: 126

1.75% (31 December 2010)

note: this is the European Central Bank's rate on the marginal lending facility, which offers overnight credit to banks in the euro area

Commercial bank prime lending rate:

2.65% (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 175

3.19% (31 December 2011 est.)

Stock of narrow money:

$389.6 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 15

$369 billion (31 December 2011 est.)

note: see entry for the European Union for money supply in the euro area; the European Central Bank (ECB) controls monetary policy for the 17 members of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU); individual members of the EMU do not control the quantity of money circulating within their own borders

Stock of broad money:

$1.119 trillion (31 December 2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 18

$1.088 trillion (31 December 2010 est.)

Stock of domestic credit:

$1.698 trillion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 13

$1.646 trillion (31 December 2011 est.)

Market value of publicly traded shares:

$594.7 billion (31 December 2011)

country comparison to the world: 19

$661.2 billion (31 December 2010)

$542.5 billion (31 December 2009)

Current account balance:

$77.2 billion (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 6

$70.92 billion (2011 est.)


$538.5 billion (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 8

$549.8 billion (2011 est.)

Exports - commodities:

machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels; foodstuffs

Exports - partners:

Germany 26.3%, Belgium 14.1%, France 8.8%, UK 8%, Italy 4.5% (2012)


$474.8 billion (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 12

$484.6 billion (2011 est.)

Imports - commodities:

machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs, clothing

Imports - partners:

Germany 13.9%, China 12%, Belgium 8.4%, UK 6.7%, Russia 6.4%, US 6.1% (2012)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:

$54.82 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 33

$51.27 billion (31 December 2011 est.)

Debt - external:

$2.487 trillion (31 December 2012)

country comparison to the world: 9

$2.482 trillion (31 December 2011)

Stock of direct foreign investment - at home:

$558.3 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 13

$629.7 billion (31 December 2011 est.)

Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad:

$950.6 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 10

$1.053 trillion (31 December 2011 est.)

Exchange rates:

euros (EUR) per US dollar -

0.7778 (2012 est.)

0.7185 (2011 est.)

0.755 (2010 est.)

0.7198 (2009 est.)

0.6827 (2008 est.)

Energy ::Netherlands

Electricity - production:

108 billion kWh (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 33

Electricity - consumption:

107.4 billion kWh (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 30

Electricity - exports:

12.81 billion kWh (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 14

Electricity - imports:

15.58 billion kWh (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 11

Electricity - installed generating capacity:

25.99 million kW (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 30

Electricity - from fossil fuels:

84.1% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 88

Electricity - from nuclear fuels:

2% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 29

Electricity - from hydroelectric plants:

0.1% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 149

Electricity - from other renewable sources:

13.7% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 12

Crude oil - production:

41,990 bbl/day (2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 63

Crude oil - exports:

13,140 bbl/day (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 55

Crude oil - imports:

964,100 bbl/day (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 10

Crude oil - proved reserves:

287.4 million bbl (1 January 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 55

Refined petroleum products - production:

1.239 million bbl/day (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 18

Refined petroleum products - consumption:

1.01 million bbl/day (2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 21

Refined petroleum products - exports:

1.858 million bbl/day (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 4

Refined petroleum products - imports:

1.61 million bbl/day (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 2

Natural gas - production:

81.09 billion cu m (2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 12

Natural gas - consumption:

49.05 billion cu m (2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 16

Natural gas - exports:

54.8 billion cu m (2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 7

Natural gas - imports:

22.76 billion cu m (2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 15

Natural gas - proved reserves:

1.303 trillion cu m (1 January 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 23

Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy:

263.4 million Mt (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 24

Communications ::Netherlands

Telephones - main lines in use:

7.135 million (2011)

country comparison to the world: 25

Telephones - mobile cellular:

19.835 million (2011)

country comparison to the world: 48

Telephone system:

general assessment: highly developed and well maintained

domestic: extensive fixed-line fiber-optic network; large cellular telephone system with 5 major operators utilizing the third generation of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) technology; one in five households now use Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) services

international: country code - 31; submarine cables provide links to the US and Europe; satellite earth stations - 5 (3 Intelsat - 1 Indian Ocean and 2 Atlantic Ocean, 1 Eutelsat, and 1 Inmarsat (2011)

Broadcast media:

more than 90% of households are connected to cable or satellite TV systems that provide a wide range of domestic and foreign channels; public service broadcast system includes multiple broadcasters, 3 with a national reach and the remainder operating in regional and local markets; 2 major nationwide commercial television companies, each with 3 or more stations, and many commercial TV stations in regional and local markets; nearly 600 radio stations with a mix of public and private stations providing national or regional coverage (2008)

Internet country code:


Internet hosts:

13.699 million (2012)

country comparison to the world: 11

Internet users:

14.872 million (2009)

country comparison to the world: 27

Transportation ::Netherlands


29 (2013)

country comparison to the world: 120

Airports - with paved runways:

total: 23

over 3,047 m: 3

2,438 to 3,047 m: 11

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1

914 to 1,523 m: 6

under 914 m: 2 (2013)

Airports - with unpaved runways:

total: 6

914 to 1,523 m: 4

under 914 m:

2 (2013)


1 (2013)


condensate 81 km; gas 8,531 km; oil 578 km; refined products 716 km (2013)


total: 2,896 km

country comparison to the world: 58

standard gauge: 2,896 km 1.435-m gauge (2,195 km electrified) (2009)


total: 136,827 km (includes 2,631 km of expressways) (2008)

country comparison to the world: 36


6,214 km (navigable for ships of 50 tons) (2009)

country comparison to the world: 22

Merchant marine:

total: 744

country comparison to the world: 15

by type: bulk carrier 4, cargo 514, carrier 15, chemical tanker 56, container 67, liquefied gas 21, passenger 17, passenger/cargo 14, petroleum tanker 4, refrigerated cargo 10, roll on/roll off 19, specialized tanker 3

foreign-owned: 196 (Australia 1, Bermuda 1, Denmark 27, Finland 13, France 2, Germany 86, Ireland 8, Italy 6, Japan 1, Norway 19, Sweden 12, UAE 4, US 16)

registered in other countries: 233 (Antigua and Barbuda 17, Bahamas 23, Belize 1, Canada 1, Curacao 43, Cyprus 23, Germany 1, Gibraltar 34, Italy 2, Liberia 31, Luxembourg 3, Malta 3, Marshall Islands 21, Panama 6, Paraguay 1, Philippines 17, Russia 2, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1, Singapore 1, UK 1, unknown 1) (2010)

Ports and terminals:

major ports: Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Moerdijk, Rotterdam, Terneuzen, Vlissingen

container ports: Rotterdam (11,876,920)

Military ::Netherlands

Military branches:

Royal Netherlands Army, Royal Netherlands Navy (includes Naval Air Service and Marine Corps), Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht, KLu), Royal Military Police (2012)

Military service age and obligation:

17 years of age for an all-volunteer force (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 3,911,098

females age 16-49: 3,817,031 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 3,201,328

females age 16-49: 3,122,889 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 103,462

female: 98,383 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

1.6% of GDP (2005 est.)

country comparison to the world: 92

Transnational Issues ::Netherlands

Disputes - international:


Refugees and internally displaced persons:

refugees (country of origin): 18,255 (Iraq); 15,715 (Somalia); 5,697 (Afghanistan) (2012)

stateless persons: 2,005 (2012)

Illicit drugs:

major European producer of synthetic drugs, including ecstasy, and cannabis cultivator; important gateway for cocaine, heroin, and hashish entering Europe; major source of US-bound ecstasy; large financial sector vulnerable to money laundering; significant consumer of ecstasy"

The World Factbook. 2014.

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