Europe > Western Europe > Netherland


Capital: Amsterdam; seat of government: the Hague; GDP growth (annual %) 2016: 2.1%;
Key Facts

Full name: The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Population: 16.7 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 41,864 sq km (16,164 sq miles)
Major language: Dutch
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 83 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents
Main exports: Metal manufacturing, chemicals, foodstuffs
GNI per capita: US $49,730 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .nl
International dialling code: +31

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