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|backschless||The global survival guide, The Netherlands||1||Mar 3 2012, 2:13 AM EST by backschless|
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GEOGRAPHY: The European area of the Netherlands lies between LA 50 and 54 N
LO 3 and 8 E
The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country, with about 25% of its area and 21% of its population located below sea level, and 50% of its land lying less than one metre above sea level.
Significant land area has been gained through land reclamation and preserved through an elaborate system of polders and dikes.
The country is divided in two main parts by three large rivers, The Rhine and its main distributaries, The Waal and the Meuse.
These rivers functioned as a natural barrier between earlier fiefdom and hence created traditionally a cultural divide.
AREA: Total 41.543 km 16.039 sq mi
Land 33.881 km
Water 7645 km
POPULATION: The Netherlands has an population of 16.669.112.
The Netherlands is the 30th most densely populated country in the world, with 395 inhabitats per square kilometre (1,023/sq mi) or 484 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,254/sq mi) if only the land area is counted, its the 8 most densely populated country in europe with a population density of 393/km.
LANGUAGE: The official language is Dutch which is spoken by the vast majority of the inhabitants but everyone also speeks English and the most people also speak German and French.
CLIMATE: The predominal wind direction in the Netherlands is southwest, which causes a moderate maritime climate, with cool summers and mild winters.
MILITARY: The military is composed of 4 branches:
The royal army 26.000
The royal navy,marinecorps, naval air service 10.500
The royal airforce 8000
The royal military police
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