Country Series – Netherlands, The Land of Windmills
We dedicate this month to speak about countries all over the world. But too bad, we can not cover all the countries and nations for only 4 weeks of sessions. It is because according to the United Nations, there are 195 nations and countries in the world. So, do accept our apologies for not covering up other interesting countries over these four we have been chosen.
As we speak before, the point of this country series is to raise social cohesion and a better cultural understanding between the people around the world. We hope, through this blog project, we manage to make this world a better place for us.
So, the last country to this blog project is The Netherlands. This country has always been known as the Land of the Windmills. It is widely known that in the Netherlands, there are so many windmills around this nation. Why? It is because the Netherlands people want to make sure that water was void or clear in order to prevent the water from flooding the land. It is so important due to 26% of the Netherlands below sea level. Without further ado, here is a fact about The Netherlands and the Dutch that perhaps you don’t know about.
- The Netherlands is below sea level, A third of the Netherlands is below sea level. The lowest point is 6.7 meters below sea level. Meanwhile, the highest point is around 304.8 meters above sea level. In fact, Schiphol which is the main airport in this country is located about 3-4 meters below sea level. This country is also the country with the lowest altitude in Europe.
- successfully implemented a land reclamation system, The Netherlands has successfully implemented a land reclamation system, namely a complex polder. With this system, land areas that are lower than seawater can be defended against flooding and high tides. This system involves the existence of dikes (dijk) and pumps which were previously assisted by windmills as a source of energy supply. This mill is the forerunner of this country’s icon.
- The first country to legalized same-sex marriage, The Netherlands has legalized same-sex marriage, which is still the first time in the world. In law, same-sex couples are said to have the right to marry, divorce, and adopt children.
- The largest agricultural producer in the world, The Netherlands is one of the largest agricultural producers in the world. The Netherlands exports a variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers, meat, milk, and cheese worth 65 billion Euros per year. The Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of cheese, making a profit of up to 7 billion Euros per year.
- Height, The Netherlands is the tallest in the world, with an average height of 175.62 cm. The average height of men is 182.53 cm and for women is 168.72 cm.
Festivals in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands there are some famous festivals, so, here we create a festival recommendation if by any chance you visit this country.
- Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Festival is known as the biggest flower festival in the world. This is one of the best festivals in the Netherlands and is held every year in September in the beautiful city of Zundert. The flowers in the exhibition are decorated only a week before the parade because they have to be fres.
- Oerol Terschelling Theater Festival, On the small island of Terschelling, every year many artists showcase their talents during this festival. Being one of the most sophisticated festivals entirely dedicated to theatre, it has become a creative stage for anyone wishing to put on a theatrical performance. Here, one can watch some dance performances, street games, music.
- Cannabis Festival, Marijuana is one of the main festivals in Amsterdam that celebrates and encourages the use and cultivation of cannabis. This is a five-day event and will showcase the journey of this herb and how it has evolved over the years. The festival was first founded in 1987 by an American activist and has since become a popular event among hemp enthusiasts and stoners in the region
- Amsterdam Gay Parade, Amsterdam is a gay-friendly city and has been known this way for a long time. Every year, thousands of people crowd the city streets with colorful banners and confetti and parade through Amsterdam’s main thoroughfares.
- Scheveningen International Fireworks Festival, During the month of August every year, the bright skies of the city of Scheveningen offer a stunning view. The festival is actually a competition where teams are judged on who puts up the most beautiful fireworks display.
That is it, that is the last blog project of Country Series. it is been fun.
Written by: Nada and Harun