What is the Netherlands? Is it near Holland?
Who are the Dutch? They live in Denmark, right?
And, Amsterdam. What’s the deal? Is it a city? A country? A settlement on the moon?
Have no fear weary traveler. I have the answers.
The Netherlands is the official name of the nation that lies between the North Sea, and Belgium and Germany. Holland (North and South) is the name of two well-known provinces that were the cultural and economic heart of the Netherlands during its “Golden Age.” So…internationally, the nation became known as Holland.
As a practical matter, the name Holland is still used to promote the nation to businesses and tourists.
The people who call this wonderful country home are known as the Dutch.
Amsterdam is the country’s largest city, and its capital. (I love Amsterdam. I have been there over a dozen times, and the place impressed me on each visit. Put Amsterdam on your radar – you won’t regret it .)
Tomorrow, I fly from Brussels, Belgium back to Los Angeles. It’s been a really fun trip, but it’s time to return to California. 🙂