More Than Wooden Shoes, Tulips and Windmills
Even though only 3% of the Dutch population works in the agriculture sector, Holland is the third largest exporter of agricultural products, trailing behind only the U.S. and France. Moving goods is not a problem, as the city of Rotterdam is the second largest port in the world.
One quarter of Holland is below sea level, with its lowest point being 6.7 meters below sea level. Its highest point – 323 meters above sea level – is referred to as a mountain. With more than 4,400 kilometers of navigable rivers, canals and lakes, sights like the ones below are not uncommon.
The city of Amsterdam is built entirely on piles and has 1,281 bridges. With water almost everywhere you look, bridges are as ubiquitous as windmills. Holland still has nearly a thousand old-fashioned working windmills.
The Dutch connection to land, water and environment is a way of life. There are twice as many bikes as cars and over 15,000 kilometers of bike paths. Everyone owns a bike – finding it is another issue.
The Dutch are equally serious about art, having the highest concentration of museums in the world – 42 in Amsterdam alone. The Van Gogh and Kroller-Muller Museums house the largest Van Gogh collections in the world.
And yes, The Netherlands and Holland are the same place.