Country Full Name: The Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Location: The Netherlands is in Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany.
Country Climate: Temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters.
Country Terrain: Mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders); some hills in southeast.
Major Languages: Dutch.
Major Religions: Christianity.
Country Population: 16.7 million (2008 est.) 16.8 million (2009 est.).
Country Economy: The Netherlands has a prosperous and open economy in which the government has reduced its role since the 1980s. Industrial activity is predominantly in food-processing, Financial services, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Country Inflation: 2.2% (2008 est.) 0.9% (2009 est.).
City: Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands.
City Economy: The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world’s top 500 companies.
Cost of Living: Amsterdam has an overall cost of living index which equates it with high cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Amsterdam is currently ranked 45 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.
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