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Known by many as Holland, The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country with roughly one quarter of the land lying below sea level.  The Netherlands has a very strong economy and has been playing a special role in the European economy for many centuries. Since the 16th century, shipping, fishing, trade, and banking have been leading sectors of the Dutch economy. The Netherlands is one of the world's 10 leading exporting countries. Other major industries include chemicals, machinery, electrical, goods and tourism. By Eurostat standards, unemployment in the Netherlands is at 4.1% – the lowest rate of all European Union member states.

People often incorrectly call it The Netherlands, Holland. In fact, only the central part of the Netherlands is geographically named Holland. This part of the country consists now of two provinces Noord Holland (North Holland) and Zuid-Holland (South Holland). This is the region with important cities as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague (Den Haag), Delft, Leiden and Haarlem.

The Netherlands being the most densely populated country of the world has very interesting cities, beautifully preserved nature, and varied landscape, always fresh through the wind from the sea. This is the country, where light astonishes the visitor.

The Netherlands are traditionally divided into 12 provinces, which have their own capital, own self-rule and administration. Each of these provinces has very different sphere, different history, and different traditions. Thus, more than in any other country of Europe, richness of the Netherlands lays in its diversity.

It has prime access to markets in the UK and Germany, with the port of Rotterdam being the largest port in Europe. The Netherlands successfully addressed the issue of public finances and stagnating job growth long before its European partners. Amsterdam is the 5th busiest tourist destination in Europe with more than 4.2 million international visitors.


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Brian McGuinness - excavator driver

Brian McGuinness

do i need a visa

Tue Apr 3 13:59:12
Bryan Dignam - Account Director

Bryan Dignam

To work in The Netherlands? No you wont need a visa Brian. Anyone living in the EU has the right to work in any other European Union country.

Tue Apr 3 15:35:35

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