The Netherlands by emmalee o'dell

Some physical features of The Netherlands are rolling hills, canals in the capital Amsterdam, and the most beautiful tulip fields.
The Netherlands housing is quite a bit different from the U.S's. Most Dutch live in small quaint townhouses along the canals.
Dutch clothing and costumes originated from the Netherlands, which has 14 provinces, and each province has its own traditional costumes. Clogs or wooden shoes are also often worn.
Traditional Dutch music is known as “Levenslied” meaning song about life. These songs have catchy, simple rhythms and melodies. They are usually played with the accordion, violin, recorder and harmonica.
Around two thirds of the population older than 15 participate in sports weekly. Football (soccer) is the most popular sport there with cycling also being the way that most people travel.
The Netherlands have 3 official languages Dutch, Frisian, and Papiamento. Almost 65% of The Netherlands citizens speak Dutch.
Dutch is a West Germanic language that is spoken in the European Union by about 23 million people as a first language including most of the population of the Netherlands.
28% of the dutch are Roman Catholics while 42% don't even claim a religion.
One famous landmark of The Netherlands is the windmills at Kinderdijk. Which is a group of 19 monumental windmills in the Alblasserwaard polder.
This I AMsterdam sign is one of the most famous landmarks in Amsterdam the capital city of The Netherlands. Like in NYC with the Statue of Liberty the I AMsterdam sign is like a welcome sign to the city.
One amazing landmark is the Anne Frank House. Anne Frank was a Dutch-Jewish teen during World War II. She and her family hid out in a secret annex in Amsterdam hiding from Nazi's. 2 years into hiding her family was found and soon all but her father died in concentration camps. She became famous when her diary from the time of hiding was published.
The Germans invaded the Netherlands in May of 1940. By summer of 1942, Jews from the Netherlands were being deported. The last train left the Netherlands on September 3, 1944. 107,000 Jews were deported and only 5,200 survived. Between 25-30,000 Jews went into hiding in the Netherlands. Nearly 2/3 of them managed to survive.
The Netherlands are bordered by Germany and Belgium. The Netherlands have the Frisian islands in the North Sea. The small country has 14 provinces.
The Netherlands is a very industrialized nation. Some chief industries include food processing, manufacture of chemicals, petroleum refining, electrical machinery, metal products, and electronics.
The country's few natural resources are coal, natural gas, and petroleum.
The way the government system works in The Netherlands is they have a constitutional monarchy/parliamentary democracy.
This is King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. They have 3 daughters Princess Catharina-Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane of the Netherlands.
This Mark Rutte he is the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. He is a Dutch politician who has been the Prime Minister of the Netherlands since October 2010, and the Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy since May of 2006.
One of the most known dutch pastries is the 'stroopwafel'. A ‘stroopwafel’ is a unique kind of cookie. It is a waffle sliced horizontally then filled with a special, sweet, sticky syrup. These delightful treats are sold everywhere, at supermarkets, bakeries, and even online.
Erwtensoep or snert is made of split peas, celery, leeks, carrots and pork. This pea soup is a very thick soup. The thick ‘erwtensoep’ is traditionally eaten during the winter with smoked sausage and rye bread. The dutch consider the 'snert' well made when it is so thick that the spoon sticks in it vertically. They often eat it a day after they prepare it to let it thicken.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is one very special landmark in the Netherlands. Van Gogh was a very famous artist from the Netherlands.
Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. His most famous painting being 'The Starry Night'.
The movie The Fault in Our Stars had a few scenes based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. They were even filmed there where they ate in a fancy dutch restaurant and traveled to the famous Anne Frank House.

Translation: "Hi, I'm Eva, I'm from the Netherlands. I'm spending this month in America and the funny thing is that, before I came here, I didn't really think the Netherlands had so much as a culture. For example, when people ask about typical Dutch food, I would have no idea. You don't have such a thing as typical Dutch restaurants. And like that, there were a lot of things that made me think "Actually, what's typical Dutch? What are typical Dutch people like?". I couldn't see it clearly. And actually when I came here, in a country I didn't think was that different from the Netherlands, I started to miss things from home and could I see how much difference there is, although the American and Dutch culture are not that different from each other. And now I can hear how pretty Dutch is and how nice Dutch people actually are. Dutch people are very... normal and pretty calm, I think. They don't long for much more than they have. And I don't know, I think it's a pretty nice little country after all. And it's funny to notice I couldn't see these things beforehand."

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Created with images by na4ev - "amsterdam europe vacation" • WeVe1 - "SPAIN" • emilyhasson - "amsterdam canals netherlands" • MartinStr - "summit cross peak happiness hochlantsch" • Kaeru - "First snert of the season"

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