Friday, February 20, 2009

Holland, weird facts ....τα παραξενα της Ολλανδίας

Photo posted by Flickr user thrillwnc.
This is the Browersgracht, which is a canal in Amsterdam. It is in the Jordaan district, which is my favorite area in Amsterdam.
The Netherlands and Holland are the same place?
One-quarter of Holland is below sealevel?
The International Court of Justice (at the Peace Palace) and the International Criminal Court are both in The Hague?
Holland still has around a thousand old-fashioned working windmills?
Holland is the third biggest exporter of agricultural produce, trailing only the US and France, even though only 3% of the Dutch population works in the agriculture sector?
Holland has no less than 15,000 km of cycle paths?
Flevoland, the twelfth province, was reclaimed from the Zuider Zee in 1986?
The Dutch are the tallest people in Europe?
Amsterdam is built entirely on piles?
Holland always has a coalition government, so it is a land of compromise?
Every Dutch person has a bike and there are twice as many bikes as cars?
The Van Gogh collections in the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum are the largest in the world?
Holland has the highest concentration of museums in the world, with 42 in Amsterdam alone?
Holland was one of the six founding members of the European Community?
The former island of Schokland, the fortifications around Amsterdam, the windmills of Kinderdijk-Elshout, Willemstad (in the Netherlands Antilles) and the Rietveld-Schröderhuis are all on UNESCO’s World Heritage List?
The highest point in Holland is 323 metres above sea level, and is referred to as a ‘mountain’?
Amsterdam is the capital, but the government is in The Hague?
Most Dutch people speak a foreign language as well as Dutch?
Rotterdam is the second largest port in the world?
Holland is 6.7 metres below sea level at its lowest point?
Amsterdam has 1,281 bridges?
Prince Willem-Alexander, the heir to the Dutch throne, takes personal interest in water management?
When you arrive at Schiphol Airport, you are four metres below sealevel?
Holland has more than 4,400 km of navigable rivers, canals and lakes?
At Neeltje Jans in Zeeland, you can see how Holland waged war against the sea?

Photo posted by Flickr user Quentin Drèze.
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