Cultural Info: Netherlands

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<p>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.</p>

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.

<p>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.</p>

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.

<p>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.</p>

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.

<p>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.</p>

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.

<p>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.</p>

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.

<p>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!).</p>

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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