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The Netherlands Facts

Facts about The Netherlands



Total Area

total: 41,526 sq km
land: 33,883 sq km
water: 7,643 sq km


16,407,491 (July 2005 est.)


Dutch (official), Frisian (official)


definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99% (2000 est.)
male: NA%
female: NA%


Roman Catholic 31%, Dutch Reformed 13%, Calvinist 7%, Muslim 5.5%, other 2.5%, none 41% (2002)

Life Expectancy

total population: 78.81 years
male: 76.25 years
female: 81.51 years (2005 est.)

Government Type

constitutional monarchy


euro (EUR)
note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries

GDP (per capita)

purchasing power parity - $29,500 (2004 est.)

Labour Force
$293.1 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)

$69.46 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)

$252.7 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)

Natural Resources
natural gas, petroleum, peat, limestone, salt, sand and gravel, arable land

Telephones (main lines in use)
10.004 million (2002)

Telephones (mobile cellular)
12.5 million (2003) )

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Internet hosts: 4,518,226 (2004)
Internet users: 8.5 million (2003)

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