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The Netherlands

The Netherlands The Netherlands

Population: 17.019.800 people
Region: Western Europe (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Amsterdam
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Money in The Netherlands

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.18 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.91 £

Should I exchange money before I travel? Although this depends on many factors, including which currencies you want to convert and which country you are travelling from, generally speaking exchanging your money AFTER you travel will provide you with a more favourable exchange rate.

The rule is simple: the more common the currency is, the cheaper it will be. So, for example, if you are travelling from the UK to The Netherlands and want to buy some Euro here, you will pay less for it in The Netherlands, as this is the currency that you will find everywhere. At the same time your GBP will become rare and valuable, which means that you will get more money for them.

Looking for advice about exchanging Euro? Discover our tips in our article about currency exchange.

Tipping: Not obligatory; it is illegal, and rare, to charge a service fee without the customer's consent.

Language in The Netherlands

Language(s): Dutch

Food & Drinks in The Netherlands

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 2 National dishes: Stamppot & Broodje Kroket

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Religion in The Netherlands

The Netherlands is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 33% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Roman Catholic 31%, Dutch Reformed 13%, Calvinist 7%, Muslim 5.5%, other 2.5%, none 41% (2002)

From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

Sex & Relationships in The Netherlands

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in The Netherlands.

National Sports in The Netherlands

While travelling through The Netherlands you'll be experiencing a foreign culture, rather than looking in from the outside as a temporary visitor. You'll discover new places, come in contact with new religions, explore intriguing destinations and experience culinary delights. You'll be immersed in a totally new culture .. and one aspect we shouldn't forget about is sports!

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Hockey, ice skating is The Netherlands their national sport.

Other practical tips for The Netherlands

Timezone: UTC+01:00
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in The Netherlands – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
When travelling to The Netherlands, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

Weather: Currently scattered clouds, with a temperature between 12.2 and 13.3°C (54 and 56°F)

List of cities in The Netherlands