Focus on Netherlands

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Holland and Netherlands: which is the difference?

The Netherlands is often referred to as Holland. Nevertheless, the official name of the country is the (Kingdom of the) Netherlands. It consists out of twelve provinces and two of them, North and South Holland, are the two provinces that together make Holland.
Why are the two names so confused?
There are two kind of explanation: historical and sociopolitical.

  • Due to the maritime and economic power of these provinces in the 17th century, the Netherlands became known worldwide as Holland.
  • Despite the trade and economic rivalry with UK and France have declined then the success of the Dutch territory, the reputation of the name “Holland” continued to echo, so that even today the people of the Netherlands are officially called Dutch.i.

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Chart 2014

  1. Amsterdam
  2. Rotterdam
  3. The Hague
  4. Utrecht
  5. Eindhoven
  6. Rozenburg
  7. Roermond
  8. Maastricht
  9. Leiden
  10. Scheveningen
  11. Apeldoorn
  12. Wageningen
  13. Zandvoort
  14. Brielle
  15. Haarlem
Top15 bizarre cities
(…yes, they have been booked)

  1. Amersfoort
  2. Gouda
  3. Waalwijk
  4. Badhoevedorp
  5. Den Bosch
  6. Hoek van Holland
  7. Enkhuizen
  8. Hapert
  9. Middelburg
  10. Aalsmeer
  11. Ridderkerk
  12. Zevenbergen
  13. West-Terschelling
  14. Oss
  15. Helvoirt

Spring-summer dutch events

I Paesi Bassi offrono un’infinità varietà di feste e tradizioni popolari e sono pronti a condividerle con i turisti di tutto il mondo, con l’impegno di continuare a mantenere la propria autenticità. Ecco l’elenco degli eventi più suggestivi ed emozionanti del Paese nel periodo primavera-estate.

March – Keukenhof Spring Gardens

About 700.000 people visit Keukenhof Gardens each spring to admire the tulips and other bulb flowers in full bloom. This incredible display of colours is in a beautiful setting, covering an area of 32 hectares (80 acres).
Venue: Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse. Visit the website

April – Bulb District Flower Parade

The “Bloemencorso vab de Bollenstreek” is a parade of flower-decorated floats that makes a slow 40km (25-mile) passage from Noodwijk to Haarlem, where the cavalcade forms an illuminates display overnight. A different theme is adopted each year for this popular festival, which usually attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators who line the lenght of its route.
Venue: Noordwijk, Harleem and towns in beetween.

April – Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day)

A celebration of the late Queen Juliana’s birthday, this is Holland’s biggest party of the year. Everyone dons wacky orange outfits, live music blares across public squares and boats packed with revellers ply the canals. Another Queen’s Day custom is to hold rummage sales along the street.
Venue: all over Holland.

July – North Sea Jazz Festival

Major jazz festival, with some 1,300 artists over a single weekend, attended by over 65,000 music fans. The festival attracts some of the biggest names in jazz and other related genres, including blues, pop, funk and world.
Venue: Ahoy Rotterdam Centre, Rotterdam. Visit the website

August – Deventer book fair

Deventer on the river Ijssel was one of the famous Hanseatic trading towns in its day, and it preserves much of its impressive early architecture and cultural heritage. For one day each year, it is the scene of the renowned “Boekenmarkt”, one of the largest annual book markets in Europe. Literature and poetry abound, and there are special events for children.
Venue: includes Theater Bouwkunde and various streets of town centre, Deventer, Paesi Bassi.

August – Preuvenemint (Tasting Event)

In the heart of Maastricht, the central square fills with more than 40 marquees and stalls at the end of August for a drinking, dining and entertainment experience that runs into the early hours. Live music is played on a permanent stage and visitors can choose between bar and restaurant tents and smaller food stalls, all of them offering delicious fare. Payment is prepaid vouchers, enabling diners to “graze” freely while wandering through the festive square, which is evocatively lit at night, and to enjoy the lively, party atmosphere.
Venue: Vrijthof square, Maastricht.

August – Maastricht Carnival

Maastricht hold the biggest of the Dutch carnivals, a three-day party that’s extended to a full week by some seasoned revellers. Fancy dress parties take place in neighbourhoods throughout the city, each with music and entertainment laid on. Maastricht’s many bars stay open all nighty through carnival, and the crowds enjoy singing and dancing in the streets, most of them wearing their “pekskes” (carvival costumes).
Venue: Vrijthof Square and streets and squares of the city centre, Maastricht.

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