About the Netherlands

Learn more about the Netherlands


Nederland is the main "constituent country" (Dutch: land) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a small, densely populated country located in Western Europe with three island territories in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. The largest and most important cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government and parliament. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe – as large as the next three largest combined – and was the world's largest port between 1962 and 2004.

"Netherlands" literally means "lower countries", influenced by its low land and flat geography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding one metre above sea level. Most of the areas below sea level are man-made. Since the late 16th century, large areas (polders) have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes, amounting to nearly 17% of the country's current land mass.

With a population density of 408 people per km2 – 500 if water is excluded – the Netherlands is a very dense populated country for its size.


About Eindhoven and its province

Brabant province

The Province of Brabant was a province in Belgium from 1830 to 1995. It was created in 1815 as South Brabant, part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 1995, it was split into the Dutch-speaking Flemish Brabant, the French-speaking Walloon Brabant and the bilingual Brussels-Capital Regiast

Eindhoven is a municipality and is one of the biggest cities of the province of Brabant, together with Tilburg, Breda and Den Bosch. The city has a population of 223,220 in January 2015, making it the fifth-largest municipality of the Netherlands and the largest of North Brabant.

Eindhoven is served by a large number of schools both at primary and secondary education levels. In addition, Eindhoven is a higher-education hub within the southern Netherlands, with several institutes of higher education that serve students from the extended region of North Brabant, Zeeland, Limburg and parts of the surrounding provinces.



The Eindhoven Arena

All games will be played at the Eindhoven Hockey Arena which has a capacity of 2.700 spectators,

Sufficient locker rooms, VIP facilities, office of the organizational committee, press and media facilities with reserved grand stand access, restaurants, buffet, snacks and refreshments will be available for players and fans. Game data and scores etc. will be processed electronically and will be displayed on electronic game board. The arena is centrally located in town and, on account of its close proximity to areas of interest to short-term visitors, avails itself as an ideal facility for such on event.





The predominant wind direction in the Netherlands is southwest, which causes a moderate maritime climate, with cool summers and mild winters, and typically high humidity. This is especially true close to the Dutch coastline, where the difference in temperature between summer and winter, as well as between day and night is noticeably smaller than it is in the southeast of the country.

Ice days (maximum temperature below 0 °C (32 °F)) usually occur from December until February, with the occasional rare ice day prior to or after that period. Freezing days (minimum temperature below 0 °C (32 °F)) occur much more often, usually ranging from mid-November to late March, but not rarely measured as early as mid-October and as late as mid-May. If one chooses the height of measurement to be 10 cm (4 in) above ground instead of 150 cm (59 in), one may even find such temperatures in the middle of the summer. On average, snow can occur from November to April, but sometimes occurs in May or October too.

Warm days (maximum temperature above 20 °C (68 °F)) in De Bilt are usually found in April to October, but in some parts of the country these warm days can also occur in March, or even sometimes in November or February (usually not in De Bilt, however). Summer days (maximum temperature above 25 °C (77 °F)) are usually measured in De Bilt from May until September, tropical days (maximum temperature above 30 °C (86 °F)) are rare and usually occur only in June to August.


The Netherlands is the 64th most populated country in the world, and as of November 23, 2015, it has a population of 16,971,929.



The national language is Dutch, though for a small country, there is a surprising diversity in regional accents and dialects.

Fortunately for you as a visitor, most of them are speaking English, too. Young people are usually quite fluent in English.

As might be expected, understanding of English is more widespread in cities and tourist areas.

Hotel receptionists and restaurant servants almost invariably speak English, French or German.

Visas & embassies

Visas are not required for EU & US citizens.


Credit cards & ATM`S

Using a credit card can limit or even remove the need to carry traveller cheques.

Not only can you pay for many goods and services by card, but you can also use them to get cash advances at most banks.

Automated teller machines (ATMs) are extremely common and are accessible 24 hours a day. They are linked up internationally and have English (Italian, French) instructions. You can usually take up to Visa, Euro Card, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are equally acceptable.



The Netherlands uses the 24-hour clock for anything written down, instead of dividing the day up into am and p.m. Dutch time is GMT/UTC + 1 hour.

We’ve got summertime where the clock goes forward one hour on the last Sunday in March and back again on the last Sunday in September.



The current used is 220 V/50 HZ AC. Sockets are the round two pin type which is standard through most of continental Europe.


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Frits Geerligs & Stefan Gladbach