Holland VS Netherlands – Have you ever wondered what the difference is?
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Holland VS Netherlands – What’s the difference?
The Netherlands is a country in North-Western Europe, bordering Belgium to the South and Germany to the West.
The local government called the Netherlands for a very long-time Holland. It was a way to easily market it as an easy to remember travel destination abroad.
In 2019, they rebranded and decided to keep the Netherlands as THE official name of the country. Since then, Tourists all over the world call it the Netherlands.
However, people are still calling the country Holland, especially in Europe because it’s ingrained in people’s minds.
Occasionally, Dutch visitors to other European countries may still use both names interchangeably to describe where they come from.
Two of the 12 Dutch Provinces are also known as Zuid (South) and Noord (North) Holland, and get to keep the Holland name. Amsterdam, the capital city, is located in Noord Holland.
FAQs to Sum it up!
Are Holland and the Netherlands the same thing?
Yes, Holland and the Netherlands are the same place, but only one name is used today to describe the country.
Is Holland in the Netherlands?
The provinces, Zuid Holland and Noord Holland are in the Netherlands.
What do you call the people in the Netherlands?
Locals call themselves the Dutch.
What do you call the language?
It’s called the Dutch language. It’s related to English, German and Flemish.
More Info about the Netherlands
- Other provinces are called Zeeland, Utrecht, Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland, Overijssel, Ijssel-Meer Polders, Drenthe, Friesland, Groningen. In total thre are 12.
- The official language is Dutch. Many people also speak English and/or German.
- The Netherlands is part of the EU and of the Schengen Area
- They have a royal family and the king is head of state.
- The kingdom of the Netherlands is not the same as the Netherlands. The former also includes three Caribbean islands (Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten) besides the mainland territory the Netherlands in Europe.
- The Dutch call their country in their language “Nederland”, which is pronounced like this.
- The Netherlands means the lowers lands because they are laying lower than other countries in the same area.
- The Dutch succeeded in reclaiming land from the sea by building dikes and polders. Many parts of the country are situated below sea level.
- Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands is a very popular city destination for people from around the world. Learn about the best things to do when in Amsterdam.