The Netherlands

Capital Amsterdam

Population 17,019,800

Area 41,850 km2

Key facts

The Netherlands is a member state of the European Union located in Western Europe. There are 2 countries (Belgium, Germany) that The Netherlands shares its borders with. The official language of The Netherlands is Dutch. Although English isn’t the official language, the majority of people in The Netherlands are good English speakers.

EF EPI’s 2021 rankings placed The Netherlands 1st among 100 nations out of non-native English-speaking countries.

The national currency in The Netherlands is Euro (EUR). The euro (€) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

Dutch
Banknotes

€5€10€20€50€100€200€500

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Coins

€1€25c10c20c50c1c2c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest No data available.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, The Netherlands has less ATMs.33.20 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in The Netherlands without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in The Netherlands. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, The Netherlands will celebrate 11 national public holidays. The next one Christmas Day will take place on December 25.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024 New Year’s DayNieuwjaarsdag
March 29, 2024Moving holiday Good FridayGoede Vrijdag
March 31, 2024Moving holiday Easter SundayEerste Paasdag
April 1, 2024Moving holiday Easter MondayTweede Paasdag
April 27, 2024 King’s DayKoningsdag
May 5, 2024 Liberation DayBevrijdingsdag
May 9, 2024Moving holiday Ascension DayHemelvaartsdag
May 19, 2024Moving holiday PentecostEerste Pinksterdag
May 20, 2024Moving holiday Whit MondayTweede Pinksterdag
December 25, 2024 Christmas DayEerste Kerstdag
December 26, 2024 St. Stephen’s DayTweede Kerstdag

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Netherlands?

There are Mariott hotels in 3 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in The Netherlands.

The IHG hotel chain operates in The Netherlands.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in The Netherlands.

There are Radisson hotels in 3 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in The Netherlands.

What fast food chains are present in Netherlands?

The McDonald’s chain operates in The Netherlands.

The KFC chain operates in The Netherlands.

The Burger King chain operates in The Netherlands.

The Subway chain operates in The Netherlands.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in The Netherlands.

The Starbucks chain operates in The Netherlands.

Weather

What is the weather like in Amsterdam?

Today the sun in Amsterdam, rises at 5:17 AM and sets at 10:05 PM. The climate of Amsterdam may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayJun 18RainLow: 11.2°C (52.16°F)High: 18.1°C (64.58°F)
WednesdayJun 19OvercastLow: 12.1°C (53.78°F)High: 18.9°C (66.02°F)
ThursdayJun 20OvercastLow: 8.8°C (47.84°F)High: 19°C (66.2°F)
FridayJun 21ThunderstormLow: 13.6°C (56.48°F)High: 20.2°C (68.36°F)
SaturdayJun 22RainLow: 13.6°C (56.48°F)High: 16.2°C (61.16°F)
SundayJun 23OvercastLow: 13.1°C (55.58°F)High: 20.7°C (69.26°F)

Weather data for Amsterdam (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Amsterdam, Rotterdam.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 2 cities. You can use Bolt in 4 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in The Netherlands.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.9, The Netherlands is placed 24th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In The Netherlands traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  1,193.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 4.00 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Netherlands

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is decriminalized, and medical use is legal.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
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