Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A Little bit about Holland

Holland, The Netherlands, Holanda.....the country where John was born and the country from wich my parents got the idea for my name (because of the former queen Juliana). I just wanted to talk a little bit about it here.

The Netherlands is situated in the lowlands of Northwest Europe, flanked to the north and west by the North Sea, to the east by Germany and to the south by Belgium. Belgium is a little smaller than the Netherlands, but Germany is nearly nine times its size.The capital is Amsterdam, but the seat of government is in The Hague.

The name Holland is used instead of The Netherlands, and it actually refers to the two Western coastal provinces, North and South Holland, which have played an important role in the country's history.

More than 25% of the area of the Netherlands is below sea level, so an effective system of water control is needed to keep the land dry and habitable for the many people 60% of the population that live in these low lying areas.

The Netherlands currently has a population of over 16 million.

Dutch is the 30th largest language in the world and one of the nine official languages of the European Union. Dutch is also spoken in the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, Surinam and Indonesia.

My favorite Dutch goodies: stroopwafles, bitterballen / croquetas and Hoegarden.

Ik hau van Holland!


At 10:11 PM, Blogger Claudia said...

Viu só, blog também é cultura! :) Adorei saber um pouquinho mais sobre a Holanda!

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Juliana van den Bosch said...

Que legal que você gostou! Eu fico um pouco pensando se as pessoas realmente vão ler e o que elas vão pensar...mas também, o importante é que eu acho divertido escrever, né? (estou ainda com a timidez de bloguera de primeira viagem!)

Beijos e obrigada pela força!


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