Cultural Info: Netherlands
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According to Eu reports, Dutch citizens have the highest proficiency in English language. In fact, more than 90% of the Dutch population speaks at least two languages.
In the country, there are more than 1,000 windmills, some of which were built in the 1850s. Although only a few are still operational nowadays, UNESCO World Heritage protects 19 of the traditional windmills.
Although the Netherlands export 90% of the world's supply for tulips, the flowers did not originate here. In fact, tulips were imported from Turkey during World War II, as a food source for the starving Dutch population.
The Netherlands has the lowest land-level in Europe, with more than one-fourth of its land sitting 5-7 meters (16-23 ft) below sea level. Regardless of this factor, the Netherlands has the second highest population density in Europe, with 17 million people in only 41,500 km/square.
There are more bikes in the country than people - 18 million bikes compared to 17 million of the Dutch population. Compared to the U.S. where people use their bikes only 2% of the time, in the Netherlands, the population uses bikes for 25% of their trips, biking an average of 3 km per day. Part of the reason why is so popular is that it has been rated the safest country in the world for biking.
The Dutch introduced the world to orange carrots in the 16th century, by breeding different varieties; before then, carrots were of many colors. Also, the Netherlands consumes the highest amount of licorice in the world (32 million kilos!).
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