Top 10 facts about the Netherlands

THE date of April 30 has great significance in the history of the Dutch monarchy

. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, who reigned from 1948-80, was born on April 30, 1909. She abdicated on her 71st birthday, April 30, 1980…

  1. Her daughter Beatrix then became Queen and she too abdicated on April 30, when her son Willem-Alexander became King in 2013.

  1. Strictly speaking ‘Holland’ consists of only two of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands: North and South Holland.

  1. The weight of fish landed in the Netherlands in a year is equal to that of 54 billion pound coins.

  1. Everyone in the Netherlands was sentenced to death by the Spanish Inquisition in 1568.

  1. The hole in the centre of a CD was the size of the smallest coin in Europe, a Dutch 10 cent, abolished when the Netherlands joined the euro.

  1. The height of the average Dutchman increased by more than 3cm from the start of the 1980s, to above 180cm in 2000.

  1. The height of the average Dutchman seems now to have peaked at 183.9cm (6ft 0.4in).

  1. A report in 2013 listed the Netherlands as the world’s ninth happiest country. The UK came 16th.

  1. The Netherlands has 16.77 million people and 18 million bicycles.