10 interesting things that make you love the Netherlands more

Not only is it called the land of tulips and windmills, but the Netherlands is also voted as the most worth-living country in the world with unexpected facts.

1. More than a quarter of the territory is below sea level


This beautiful European country has a quarter of territory below sea level. Not only that, according to calculations, 50% of its area is just above sea level less than 1m. This is one of the things you need to know about the Netherlands for you. Fortunately, the Netherlands is not a country that suffers from natural disasters like tsunamis, so visitors here can be assured of traveling.

2. The Dutch are the tallest people in the world


With an average height of 184 cm for men and 170 cm for women, the Netherlands is the country with the tallest people in the world. According to research by scientists, the reason is that their DNA, nutrition, and welfare are at their maximum. Some Dutch people also think that they are high because of the rich source of fresh milk in their country.

3. The Netherlands is the first country to legalize same-sex marriage


The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages in 2001. It is also not surprising that this is a country with pioneering inventions and laws. Accordingly, the first same-sex marriage ceremony was held on April 1, 2011, and many same-sex couples were legally their relationship to stick together.

4. The Netherlands is the only country in the world with no abandoned pets


There is a great truth that there are no homeless cats and dogs wandering the streets of Holland (according to the Dutch government's recent confirmation). The reason given is that all pets are well-nourished in the families here. At the same time, the Dutch government also has timely policies to prevent animal injuries, enact strict laws against animal abuse.

5. The Dutch own more bikes than people in any country


This is one of the interesting things about Holland that you need to know before booking a flight here. No traffic jams, no hunting and no consequences of carbon emissions are the reasons for this interesting fact. A Dutch citizen can own 1 to 3 bicycles depending on different uses such as working, going to school or traveling.

6. Every 50m, there is a charging post for electric cars


To minimize emissions to the environment, electric cars are also encouraged instead of using gasoline. Therefore, the Dutch government designed electric charging posts 50m apart on the road for electric cars, to encourage people to use this environmentally friendly vehicle.

7. Petrol and gasoline vehicles will be banned


Still related to environmental protection, the Dutch government has decided to ban the sale of gasoline and cars using this fuel from 2025. Along with that, electric vehicles or solar vehicles will be exempted from taxes and reduced significantly.

8. Many prisons must be closed for lack of prisoners


The crime rate in the Netherlands is very low, and 19 prisons were closed for lack of prisoners in 2009. According to a recent report, the proportion of prisoners in the Netherlands is about 163 / 100,000 people, only about half of Brazil's. Therefore, visitors to the Netherlands can be assured of the common risks in some other countries.

9. Giethoorn - the fairytale village in the Netherlands


Giethoorn - the fairytale village in the Netherlands is a place with no dust and car horns. All tourists arriving here must leave their vehicles outside the village and then rent a boat called "Whisper boat". The feature of this boat is that its engine does not cause noise, taking visitors around the village. In addition, tourists can walk through more than 176 wooden arch bridges to visit here.

10. Forest roads crossing highways for wild animals


Although the construction of national highways across the forest still takes place, it does not affect animals that want to move from forest to another forest to visit their friends. Unexpectedly, the forests here are almost all original. This proves that the Dutch people love and appreciate the wild nature.

By: Kelly Jonas

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