Title: The Kingdom of the Netherlands

Population: 17,337,403

Population Change: 0.22

National Average Age: 43

Urban Percentage: 92

Christian Population: 7,900,000

Christian Percentage: 44

Introduction: 'The Netherlands a country in northwestern Europe is known for a flat landscape of canals tulip fields windmills and cycling routes. Amsterdam the capital is home to the Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Museum and the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII. Canalside mansions and a trove of works from artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer remain from the city''s 17th-century "Golden Age."'

Overview: The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century they became a leading seafaring and commercial power with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I but suffered German invasion and occupation in World War II. A modern industrialized nation the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010 the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire Sint Eustatius and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.



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