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The Netherlands

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Nederlands Nederland - Koninkrijk der Nederlanden
Nederland is een West-Europees land, begrensd door de Noordzee, Duitsland en België. De hoofdstad van het land is Amsterdam, de regeringszetel is Den Haag. Andere belangrijke steden zijn: Rotterdam, met een van de grootste havens van de wereld, Utrecht, het verkeersknooppunt van het land, Groningen (vooral voor het noorden) en Eindhoven, de vijfde stad van het land. Per 10 oktober 2010 is het tevens een Caribisch land, doordat Bonaire, Saba en Sint Eustasius onderdeel van Nederland zijn geworden. Het land Nederland is, net zoals Aruba, Curaçao en Sint Maarten, een deelstaat van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden.
Frysk[1] Nederlân -
Nederlân is in lân yn West-Jeropa, mei 16.300.000 ynwenners, en mei in oerflak fan 41.526 km² (wêrfan 7644.94 km² wetter). De haadstêd is Amsterdam. Nederlân wurdt begrinzge troch: de Noardsee yn it westen en noarden; Dútslân yn it easten; Belgje yn it súden.
English The Netherlands - Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Netherlands is the European and Caribean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,[2] which consists of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy, located in northwestern Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, ► Belgium (► Flanders and a small piece of ► Wallonia) to the south, and ► Germany to the east. The current borders were established in 1839. To the Kingdom belong also ► Aruba and the former ► Netherlands Antilles.[3]

Short name  The Netherlands
Official name Kingdom of the Netherlands
Status Independent country since 1581, recognized 1648, member of the ► European Union since 1957
Location Western Europe
Capital Amsterdam (de jure), Den Haag (The Hague, de facto[4])
Population 17,408,573 inhabitants
Area 41,526 square kilometres (16,033 sq mi)
Major languages Dutch (official), Frisian
Major religions Roman-Catholic, Protestantism
More information Netherlands, Geography of the Netherlands, History of the Netherlands and Politics of the Netherlands
More images Netherlands - Netherlands (Category).

General maps

Netherlands-CIA WFB Map.png Map of the Netherlands (Kaart van Nederland)
KonDerNed-10-10-10.png The Kingdom of the Netherlands

Het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden
Netherlands pol87.jpg The Netherlands
La2-demis-netherlands.png Map of the Netherlands
Nederland-10-10-10(2).png Map of the Netherlands including BES Islands

Kaart van Nederland inclusief BES-eilanden

Maps of divisions

This section holds maps of the administrative divisions.

Map provinces Netherlands-en.svg The Netherlands are divided in 12 provinces. The names of the provinces are shown in this map, but the official name of Friesland, which is a Dutch name, is Fryslân, a Frisian name. (Provincies van Nederland. De officiële naam van Friesland is Fryslân)
Nederland gemeenten 2016.svg The provinces are further divided in municipalities. (Nederlandse provincies en gemeenten) (2012)
2010-Nederlandse-Gemeenten-b-700px-10-10-10.png Same map with public bodies BES. (Nederlandse provincies, gemeenten en openbare lichamen BES)

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day the Netherlands, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day the Netherlands.

Palaeogeographic maps

5500vc ex leg.jpg The Netherlands at 5500 BC
3850vc ex leg copy.jpg The Netherlands at 3850 BC
2750vc ex leg copy.jpg The Netherlands at 2750 BC
500vc ex leg copy.jpg The Netherlands at 500 BC
50nc ex leg copy.jpg The Netherlands at 50 AD
800nc ex leg.jpg The Netherlands at 800 AD

Early history

Celts 800-400BC.PNG In the period after 800 BCE Celts enter the area of the present-day Netherlands. The green area suggests a possible extent of (proto-)Celtic influence around 1000 BC. The orange area shows the region of birth of the La Tène style. The red area indicates an idea of the possible region of Celtic influence around 400 BC. (De Kelten in Europa. Oker: Kerbereik Noord-West-Alpine Hallstattcultuur (ca. 750–500/450 v. Chr.) groen: Uitbreiding La-Tène-cultuur, bzw. oranje: de Keltische taal (3. Jh. v. Chr.))
Distribution of Celts in Europe.png This map shows a rough but rather different estimate from several sources about the distribution of Celts in Europe. Blue: extent of Celtic influence 1500 BCE - 1000 BCE. Purple: extent of Celtic influence 400 BCE. (De Kelten in Europa.)
Pre-roman iron age (map).PNG Proto-Germanic people's

Proto-Germaanse stammen
Pre Migration Age Germanic.png Since 600 BC the area which forms now the Netherlands is inhabited by Germanic tribes, like the Bataves, the Frisians and the Caninephates. Map showing the pre-Migration Age distribution of the Germanic tribes in Proto-Germanic times, and stages of their expansion up to 50 BC, AD 100 and AD 300. The extent of the Roman Empire in 68 BC and AD 117 is also shown.

De Germaanse stammen voor het tijdperk van migratie
GERMANICEXPANSION.GIF Map of the Pre-Roman Iron Age culture(s) associated with Proto-Germanic, ca 500 BC-50 BC

De pre-Romeinse ijzeren-tijd-culturen
Ancient Germania - New York, Harper and Brothers 1849.jpg Ancient Germania

Oud Germania

The Romans

Roman Empire in 50 BC.png The southern parts of the Netherlands become part of the ► Roman Empire shortly before 0. This map shows the Roman Empire in 50. (Zuid-Nederland wordt veroverd door het Romeinse Rijk. Zie voor meer kaarten de Atlas van het Romeinse Rijk).
REmpire-09 Germania Inferior.png The Roman province of Germania Inferior, including the southern parts of the Netherlands. (De province Germania Inferior, inclusief Zuid-Nederland.)
Invasions of the Roman Empire 1.png Around 256 the Germanic tribe of the Franks enter the area and since 296 they rule the area as defender of the border of the Roman Empire. This map shows invasions of the Roman Empire 100-500

Invallen in het Romeinse Rijk 100-500
Extent of Western Roman Empire 395.png After the division of the Roman Empire, the southern Netherlands become part of the ► Western Roman Empire. This map shows the Empire in 395. (Het Westromeinse Rijk rond 395)

The Franks

Flag of None.svg 481-843: Frankish Empire - independent monarchy including the present-day Netherlands ► Frankish Empire

Frankish empire.jpg After the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the area comes under control of Germanic tribes, especially the above mentioned Franks and the Frisians. This leads to the area becoming part of the Frankish Empire. (Na de val van het West-Romeinse Rijk nemen Germaanse stammen als de Franken en de Friezen de controle over het gebied over. Uiteindelijk wordt Nederland deel van het Frankische Rijk. Zie de Atlas van het Frankische Rijk.}
Flag of None.svg 843-870: Middle Frankish Empire - independent monarchy including the present-day Netherlands ► Frankish Empire

[[|border|251x400px]] After the division of the Frankish Empire in the Treaty of Verdun the area became part of the Middle Frankish Empire.

Het Verdrag van Verdun
843-870 Europe.jpg This map compares the Treaty of Verdun (843) with the Treaty of Meerssen (870)

Het Verdrag van Verdun 843 en het Verdrag van Meersen 870
Flag of None.svg 843-962: East Frankish Empire - independent monarchy, including the present-days Netherlands ► Germany

Western Empire-Europe870.JPG This treaty leads to the most parts of the present-day Netherlands becoming part of the East Frankish Empire.

Verdeling van het Frankische Rijk 870

Part of the Holy Roman Empire

Holy roman flag1806.png 962-1648: Holy Roman Empire - independent monarchy, including the present-days Netherlands ► Atlas of Germany

Central Europe 919-1125.jpg The East Frankish Empire was continued by the (Holy) Roman Empire in 962. This map shows Central Europe 919-1125

Midden-Europa 919-1125
Frisians.png This map shows the area where the Frisians were living.

De Friezen
Friesische Seelande um 1300.png Frisia around 1300

Friesland rond 1300
[[|border|251x400px]] Dutch cities became active in the Hanseatic League.

De Hanze
Haupthandelsroute Hanse.png Hanseatic trade routes

De Hanze-routes
HRR 14Jh.jpg The Holy Roman Empire in the 14th century

Het Heilige Roomse Rijk in de 14e eeuw
Map Bavaria-Straubing - Karte Straubing-Holland.png Holland united with Hainaut and Bavaria Straubing

Holland verenigd met Henegouwen en Beieren-Straubing

Burgundian rule inside the Holy Roman Empire

Map Burgundian Netherlands 1477-en.png In the feudal German Empire the duchies and counties, together known as the Netherlands, come between 1384 and 1451 under the rule of Burgundy. This map shows the Low Countries in 1477

De Lage Landen in 1477
Bouguignons.PNG Burgundian possessions

De bezittingen van de Bourgondiërs
Map of the Imperial Circles (1512)-en.png The Netherlands as part of the Holy Roman Empire

De Nederlanden als deel van het Heilige Roomse Rijk

Habsburgian rule inside the Holy Roman Empire

Charles I and V empire.png The Burgundian rule is continued by the Habsburgians since 1506. The last duchy, Gueldres, is annexed in 1543. This map shows Habsburgian ruled Europe, inclusive the Netherlands

Europa onder de Habsburgers
Habsburg Map 1547.jpg The Habsburgians around 1547. After the division of the Habsburgian countries in 1555 the Netherlands come under control of Habsburg-ruled Spain.

De Habsburgers 1547

Struggle for independence

Republic of the United Netherlands

Statenvlag.svg 1581-1795: Republic of the Seven United Netherlands (Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden) - Independent republic, left the Holy Roman Empire in 1648

Map of the Habsburg Netherlands by Alexis-Marie Gochet.png Shortly after the start the Netherlands in 1581 the Union became as the Republic of the United Netherlands a de facto independent federal state, lead by Willem van Oranje. In 1648 this is formalized in the treaty of Munster as a result of which the republic leaves the German Empire. The republic is rules by aristocrats around the family of Orange Nassau. The head of state is an hereditary Stateholder. The Netherlands develops into a colonial power with colonies in the Americas, Africa and the Far East. This map shows the United and the Spanish Netherlands.

De Verenigde en de Spaanse Nederlanden
Holyromanempire.png Area controlled by the Holy Roman Empire around 1630

Het Heilige Roomse Rijk in 1630

Batavian Republic

Flag of the navy of the Batavian Republic.gif 1795-1806: Batavian Republic (Bataafse Republiek) - Independent republic

After a revolution the republic is in 1795 restyled into the Batavian Republic, a French puppet state. This is a parliamentary state, but gradually power comes in the hands of more or less authoritarian French vassals. The country is renamed Batavian Commonwealth in 1801.
1798bataafscherepubliek.svg The Batavian Republic

De Bataafse Republiek
1802bataafsgemenebest.svg The Batavian Commonwealth

Het Bataafse Gemenebest

Kingdom of Holland

Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1806-1810: Kingdom of Holland (Koninkrijk Holland) - Independent monarchy

In 1806 the French restyle it the Kingdom of Holland.
Map Kingdom of Holland 1807-nl.svg The Kingdom of Holland

Koninkrijk Holland

Occupation by France

Flag of France.svg 1810-1813: French Empire - includes the present-day Netherlands ► France

1french-empire1811.jpg In 1810 Holland is annexed by the French Empire 1811

De Nederlanden als deel van het Franse Rijk in 1811
Netherlands during French administration 1810-1814.png The Netherlands under French occupation

De Nederlanden onder Franse bezetting

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1815-present[5]: Kingdom of the Netherlands (Koninkrijk der Nederlanden) - independent monarchy

Pays-Bas.PNG In 1813 independence is restored as the Sovereign Principality of the Netherlands. After the treaty of Vienna in 1815 the Netherlands unites with the former Austrian Netherlands and Liege into the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This is a constitutional monarchy with real power in hands of the King. This map shows the United Kingdom of the Netherlands

Het Verenigde Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (1815-1831)
NetherlandsEmpire.png A map showing the territory that the Netherlands held at various points in history. Dark green indicates colonies that either were, or originated from, land controlled by the Dutch West India Company, light green the Dutch East India Company

Het Nederlandse koloniale rijk. Donkergroen was in handen van de West-Indische Compagnie, lichtgroen in handen van de Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie.
DutchEmpire.png Similar map
Vereinigteskoenigreich.png After a revolution in 1831 Belgium secedes from the Netherlands. This map shows the Netherlands, ► Belgium, ► Luxembourg and Limburg in 18391, 2 and 3 United Kingdom of the Netherlands (until 1830)
1 and 2 Kingdom of the Netherlands (after 1830)
2 Duchy of Limburg (In the ► German Confederacy after 1839 as compensation for Waals-Luxemburg)
3 and 4 Kingdom of Belgium (after 1830)
4 and 5 Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (borders until 1830)
4 Province of Luxembourg (Waals-Luxemburg, to Belgium in 1839)
5 Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (German Luxemburg; borders after 1839)
In blue, the borders of the German Confederacy

Splitsing van de Nederlanden. 1 en 2: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, waarvan 2 Limburg, lid van de Duitse Bond. 3 en 4: Koninkrijk België, inclusief 4 Waals Luxemburg. 5: Groothertogdom Luxemburg, in personele unie met Nederland, lid van de Duitse Bond, maar exclusief 4 Waals Luxemburg.
Koninkrijk.png Comparison of the frontiers of the kingdom

Vergelijking van de grenzen van het Koninkrijk
NederlandDuitseBond.png Both the province of Limburg as Luxembourg are part of the German Confederation

Nederland en de Duitse Bond
Zuiderzeeworks.png In the 1930s the Dutch start the Zuiderzee works.

De Zuiderzeewerken
Duitse inval.png In 1940 ► Nazi Germany invades the Netherlands and occupies the country until 1945.

De Duitse inval in Nederland 1940
1940-Fall Gelb.jpg German invasion of the Netherlands

De Duitse inval in Nederland 1940
Battle-of-the-Netherlands-WOII-ani.gif German invasion of the Netherlands

De Duitse inval in Nederland 1940
Grebbelinie the Netherlands.jpg Grebbelinie
Bakker Schut-plan.PNG In 1945 the Netherlands are liberated. In the Netherlands the Bakker-Schut Plan circulates to annex parts of Germany, but only small border corrections are realized.

Het Bakker-Schut Plan: Nederlandse annexatieplannen

Old maps

This section holds copies of original general maps more than 70 years old.

Leo belgicus.png The 17 Netherlands, depicted as Leo Belgicus

De 17 Nederlanden als Leo Belgicus
Leo Belgicus.jpg Leo Belgicus by Josse de Hond

Leo Belgicus door Josse de Hond
Blaeu 1645 - Novus XVII Inferioris Germaniæ Provinciarum typus.jpg Blaeu map of the Low Countries in 1635

De Lage Landen door Blaeu in 1645
Blaeu 1645 - Brabantia Ducatus.jpg Brabant by Ioan Blaeu, 1645

Hertogdom Brabant
Blaeu 1645 - Tractus Rheni et Mosæ totusq Vahalis a Rhenoberca Gorcomium usque cum terris adjacentibus.jpg Central Gelderland (Kwartier van Nijmegen) by Ioan Blaeu, 1645

Het Kwartier van Nijmegen
Blaeu 1645 - Fossa Sancta Mariæ quæ et Eugeniana dicitur vulgo De Nieuwe Grift.jpg Upper Gelderland, 1645

Blaeu 1645 - Zutphania Comitatus.jpg County of Zutphen (in Gelderland), 1645

Graafschap Zutphen
Leo Hollandicus - Visscher.jpg Leo Hollandicus, 1648 by Claes Visscher

De Leo Hollandicus
Seven United Netherlands Janssonius 1658.jpg Map of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, by Joannes (or Johannes) Janssonius in his collection Belgii Foederati Nova Descriptio, 1658

De Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Republiek kaart.PNG Map of the Republic

Kaart van de Republiek

Other maps

Benelux schematic map.png the Benelux states
MapNetherlandsWater.PNG The Netherlands in relation to Water (Nederland en het water)
Deltametropool.JPG Randstad Holland
OldDutcharea.png Old Dutch language

Het Oudnederlands
Dutcharea.png Dutch language in Europe

Nederlands in Europa
Dutch-dialects.svg Dutch dialects

Nederlandse dialecten:

  • A. Southwestern dialect group (Zeeuws/West-Flemish)
    • 1. West-Flemish and Zeeuws-Flemish
    • 2. Zeeuws
  • B. Northwestern dialect group (Hollands)
    • 3. South-Hollands
    • 4. Westhoeks
    • 5. Waterlands and Volendams
    • 6. Zaans
    • 7. Kennemerlands
    • 8. West-Frisian
    • 9. Bildts, Midslands, Stads-Frisian and Amelands
  • C. Northeastern dialect group (Low Saxon)
    • 10. Kollumerlands
    • 11. Gronings and North-Drents
    • 12. Stellingswerfs
    • 13. Middle-Drents
    • 14. South-Drents
    • 15. Twents
    • 16. Twents-Graafschaps
    • 17. Gelders-Overijssels (Achterhoeks) and Urks
    • 18. Veluws
  • D. Northern-Central dialect group
    • 19. Utrechts-Alblasserwaards
  • E. Southern-central dialect group
    • 20. South-Gelders
    • 21. North-Brabants and North-Limburgs
    • 22. Brabants
    • 23. East-Flemish
  • F. Southeastern dialect group
    • 24. Limburgs
  • Miscelanius
    • FL. Province Flevoland. No dialect a majority, because of its short existence. (Post World War II)

The blank area (near zone 9) speaks Frisian dialects.

Languages Benelux.PNG Dialects in the Benelux states
DUTCHDIALECTSMAP.svg Dutch dialects

Nederlandse dialecten
FRANCOSAXON.PNG Franco-Saxonian dialects

Frankische en Saksische dialecten
Nederfrankisch.png Low Franconian dialects

Nederfrankische dialecten
Niederfränkisches Mundartgebiet.PNG Low Franconian dialects

Nederfrankische dialecten
Friesisches Sprachgebiet.PNG Frisian

BevolkinsdichtheidNederland.png Population density

Randstad.png Schematic map of the Randstad

Schematische kaart van de Randstad
Railwaysnetherlands.png Dutch railways

Nederlandse spoorwegen
[[|border|251x400px]] Motorways

Netnummers in Nederland.png Area Codes

Postcodes in Nederland.gif Postal codes
Werkloosheid in Nederland in 2006.png Unemployment

Satellite maps

Satellite image of the Netherlands in May 2000.jpg Satellite map

Satellietfoto van Nederland

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  1. Frisian is a recognized language in the province of Friesland and, after Dutch, the second official language of the Netherlands.
  2. This name is used to designate the European part too.
  3. The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved in 2010. Two of the five islands areas became separate countries inside the kingdom: ► Curaçao and ► Sint Maarten.
  4. Though Amsterdam is the official capital, both government and parliament are seated in The Hague.
  5. Interrupted by the German occupation of 1940-1945.

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Subnational autonomous entities
Aceh   ■ Adjara   ■ Adygea   ■ Altai   ■ Andalusia   ■ Aosta Valley   ■ Aragon   ■ Asturias   ■ Athos   ■ Azores   ■ Balearic Islands   ■ Bashkortostan   ■ Basque Autonomous Community   ■ Bonaire   ■ Bosnia and Herzegovina (Federation of)   ■ Bougainville   ■ Brussels   ■ Buryatia   ■ Canary Islands   ■ Catalonia   ■ Chechnya   ■ Chuvashia   ■ Corsica   ■ Dagestan   ■ Easter Island   ■ England   ■ Extremadura   ■ Flanders   ■ Friuli-Venezia Giulia   ■ Gagauzia   ■ Galicia   ■ Galápagos Islands   ■ Gilgit–Baltistan   ■ Gorno-Badakhshan   ■ Guangxi   ■ Ingushetia   ■ Islamabad Capital Territory   ■ Inner Mongolia   ■ Kabardino-Balkaria   ■ Kalmykia   ■ Karachay-Cherkessia   ■ Karakalpakstan   ■ Karelia   ■ Khakassia   ■ Komi   ■ Kurdistan (Iraqi)   ■ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa   ■ Madeira   ■ Mari El   ■ Muslim Mindanao   ■ Mordovia   ■ Nakhichevan   ■ Navarre   ■ Nevis   ■ Ningxia   ■ North Ossetia – Alania   ■ Northern Ireland   ■ Nunatsiavut   ■ Quebec   ■ Saba   ■ Sakha   ■ Sardinia   ■ Scotland   ■ Sicily   ■ Sindh   ■ Sint Eustatius   ■ Srpska   ■ Tibet   ■ Tłı̨chǫ   ■ Trentino-Alto Adige   ■ Tuva   ■ Udmurtia   ■ Vojvodina   ■ Wales   ■ Wallonia   ■ Xinjiang   ■ Zanzibar

Other regions
Basque Country   ■ Burzenland   ■ Catalan Countries   ■ Frisia   ■ Kurdistan   ■ Manchuria   ■ Sápmi   ■ Svenskfinland   ■ Székely Land   ■ Transylvania

Former sovereign nations
Austria-Hungary   ■ Byzantine Empire   ■ Caliphate   ■ Czechoslovakia   ■ Frankish Empire   ■ Kingdom of Hawaiʻi   ■ Inca Empire   ■ Iroquois Confederacy   ■ Macedonian Empire   ■ Ottoman Empire   ■ Prussia   ■ Roman Empire   ■ Soviet Union   ■ Republic of Texas   ■ Vermont Republic   ■ Republic of West Florida   ■ Yugoslavia

Former dependencies and overseas territories
Netherlands Antilles

Former disputed territories
Tamil Eelam