The Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe. Also called Holland, it’s known for windmills, canals and bicycling routes. Visitors to The Netherlands are sometimes surprised at how flat the country. It’s dotted with industrious cities, busy ports and charming countryside full of tulip fields. The Dutch are the tallest people in the world and some of the friendliest.
Good to Know Before Visiting The Netherlands
Power Voltage and Socket
Amsterdam, The Hague
The Euro €
230 Volt, C and F Sockets
Knowledge of English
You can get around The Netherlands easily with only English. Over 90% of the population is at least conversational.
The majority of Dutch people (over 50% of the population) is non-affiliated. The largest religious group is Roman Catholic at about 23%.
The Netherlands ranks 16th on the list of safest countries in the world. Crime rates are lower than in most European countries. Like any destination, pickpockets and scams exist, especially in crowded tourist zones during peak season. Always be vigilant when traveling.
LGBT Safety and Protection
Homosexual activity has been legal since 1945, same sex marriage has been legal since 2001, and LGBT discrimination is illegal and has been since 1993. The Netherlands is a very tolerant and progressive country with a very visible and open gay culture and scene. There are no additional safety concerns for LGBT travelers.
Main Tourist Attractions
If you want to visit Holland, there are a lot of amazing cities to explore. Find out where to chart your course to see the best cities in the Netherlands.