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Netherlands

The Netherlands is made up of twelve provinces of the North West Europe and three islands in the Caribbean Sea. Amsterdam is the capital city. People often refer Netherland as Holland. If you look at its geographic location, it is a very low lying nation. About 20% of its area is below the sea level, and more than half of its area is barely above the sea level. Most of the low lying areas are flooded, but they have been made habitable by elaborate engineering methods. Simple but effective drainage systems like dikes, pumping systems and canals are used to keep the lower regions dry.

The Netherlands has been following a parliamentary form of government ever since the 1840’s. Netherlands has been voted as the 10th most democratic country in the world. The monarch is considered as the head of the state but has limited powers. His most significant contribution is in the formation of the new cabinet.  Most of the decision regarding the welfare of the state is taken by the council of Ministers. The cabinet constitutes about 13 to 16 ministers along with a number of state secretaries. The head of the government is the President.

The main tourist attractions are present in the city of Amsterdam and the province of Holland. The man made canals are a common sight, but the craftsmanship is worth observing. The Delta project includes the very first of the dams and dikes made in the 1950’s. They are located in the South Holland to protect the land from the rising sea tides and are considered as one of the greatest manmade structures. The city of Maastricht holds the country’s most ancient buildings and was the first place to be populated in Netherland. The Saint Servetus and the Saint Jan’s Cathedral are some of the places one should visit here. There are famous museums of art and history present in Amsterdam, which has the most valuable of the ancient Dutch paintings. The windmills are something one should see. Netherland has the largest number of windmills dedicated in the production of electricity.

Netherland has a good interconnected network of rivers and canals that are connected to the sea. This makes it a very suitable place for building ports. Netherland has the largest system of electric cars. There are over 200 charging points for them located at every important city. This also makes Netherland one of the most environment friendly counties in the world.  The rivers of Netherland are deep enough to allow ships to travel deep into the cities via them. Netherland has the largest port in Europe and the seventh largest port in the world, the Rotterdam port. 

The main international airport of Netherland is the Schiphol airport. The UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Netherland. Once you pass through immigration check, you can take either a taxi or the Fyra train to Amsterdam. The taxis provide door to door service, and it is optional whether you want to share the service with someone else or not. If you are carrying a lot of luggage then it is better that you avail a taxi. If you are travelling light then you have better take the Fyra train, you will reach Amsterdam within 15 minutes. Netherland has one of the best networks of magnetic-levitation trains. They cover more than 400 kilometres of environmental friendly tracks, covering all the major cities of Netherland. If you live in a neighbouring country of Netherland then the train facility will be your best option to reach here.

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