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Netherlands

Country Introduction:

The Netherlands is located in Western Europe, sharing borders with Belgium and Germany. It is a constituent country of the greater Kingdom of the Netherlands, which also includes Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten. The country is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy, and has a market economy considered one of the freest in the world. Although The Netherlands is a relatively densely populated country, it is often ranked as one of the “happiest” nations in the world. With about 70% of it area close to or even below sea level, The Netherlands has become known for its elaborate drainage systems of dikes, canals and pumping stations. The country is also host to a number of international legal entities, causing The Hague to be dubbed “the world’s legal capital”.

Department of State Link:
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3204.htm

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Additional Resources:
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