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10 Interesting Facts About The Netherlands You Should Know

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10 Interesting Facts About The Netherlands You Should Know

It is one of the most colorful countries in Europe with its Dutch channels, delicious cheeses, crazy entertainment life, artistic richness and of course the school that has left its mark on world football. The Netherlands, which we are in close contact with due to the workers who go to work and the language school or university students who go to get education, is also one of the most visited countries by Turkish tourists, especially the capital Amsterdam, in recent years. In this article, I have compiled 10 interesting facts about the country for you. We wish to get rid of the coronavirus as soon as possible and to be able to visit this beautiful and fun country with peace of mind. Happy reading 🙂

10 Interesting Facts About The Netherlands You Should Know

1. Dutch Men Are The World’s Tallest Men

Looking at the average height of men in the world, it is seen that Dutch men come in first with 184 cm. Dutch women, on the other hand, are the 2nd in the world’s tallest list with an average of 170 cm.

2. The Netherlands is the Third Most Beer Producing Country in the World.

The famous Dutch beer brand Heineken has 140 factories around the world and is the 3rd largest beer producing brand in the world. It meets 50% of the country’s production on its own.

3. Dutch Kisses Three Times When Greeting

Although the way of greeting varies according to each culture, people who know each other usually kiss twice, on the right and left cheeks. It is the same with us, but in the Netherlands this number is three, first on the right, then on the left, and again on the right, reminiscent of crossing the street.

4. Celebrating a Birthday in the Netherlands Everyone Congratulates

Although we are used to celebrating the birthday person at a birthday party, in the Netherlands everyone who takes part in the celebration is congratulated for having a place in that person’s life and that this unity lasts forever.

5. The Netherlands Does Not Have A Tipping Habit

They’re going to the Netherlands to work in the service sector, they’d better reconsider their decision. Because the habit of tipping in the country is very low compared to other countries. The Dutch generally do not tip, believing that serving is already the job of waiters working in restaurants and cafes and that they need to do extra service to deserve the tip.

6. Netherlands First to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The Netherlands, the first country that comes to mind when talking about gay rights and marriage in the world, is the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. The law entered into force on April 1, 2001.

7. The World’s Largest Flower Garden Is Located in The Netherlands

Established in 1950 in the city of Lisse, Keukenhof contains 800 varieties of tulips and is the world’s largest flower garden. Its other name is the Garden of Europe.

8.Europe’s Largest Pub is in the Netherlands.

De Drie Gezusters (three sisters), located in Groningen, the Netherlands, is the largest pub in Europe with 10 different concepts, 5 different entrances, 20 bars and a capacity of 3700 people.

9. There are more bicycles than people in the capital city of Amsterdam

The Netherlands is one of the countries where bicycle use is most common. We would not be wrong if we say that the bicycle is a more important means of transportation for the Dutch than the automobile. Everyone usually has more than one bike. In the capital city of Amsterdam, there are 881,000 bicycles for 811,100 people.

10. In the capital city of Amsterdam, houses are usually adjacent to each other and narrow. Because…

The houses in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, are largely adjacent to each other and narrow, as we can see in the pictures and videos. Because the amount of tax increases according to the width of the houses in the city.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

How much are used car prices in the Netherlands?

AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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