Netherlands

Karch Hoffman - Period 6

WELCOME TO THE NETHERLANDS

The Netherlands is home to many famous and glorious sites. Ranging from paintings and sculptures in museums, to festivals celebrated by many. The sites are just the beginning because the Netherlands holds many “unusual” foods that will tingle your taste buds. While you are in the Netherlands there are many things to experience, such as the Van Gogh Museum (pictured on the left).

Interesting facts




On your visit to the Netherlands, expect to have your senses tantalized! Very interesting foods are found in the Netherlands. You should try traditional foods such as Bitterbal, raw herring, or pea soup with BACON! Bitterbal (pictured here to the left) is a delicious round ball of ragout covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. Most meals consist of meat and potatoes. However, the Netherlands offer a wide variety of delicious sweats. Once your taste buds have experienced the taste sensations, you should entertain yourself going out and seeing a sports game. While you are in the Netherlands, you should catch an exciting game of football (soccer). If you enjoy water sports, the Netherlands is home to fishing and sailing in the North Sea or Frisian Seas. If culture is more style, the Museum Quarter in Amsterdam houses the Van Gohn Museum and Stedelijk Museum, among others. Spring times offers the wonderful Keukenhof garden. This is the largest flower garden in the world. Or you can also visit the legendary city of Amsterdam, which is full of beautiful canals and monuments. Just when you think you have seen it all, the Netherlands puts on a show of unique festivals. Over one million people attend the yearly Vierdaagsefeesten in Nijmegen lasting seven days. Another popular festival is the annual Dance Valley Festival where over 40,000 people attend. It is the largest dance festival in the Netherlands. You sure do not want to miss one of these.




Way of Life

Language

The primary language is Dutch. It is spoken by over 20 million people. A lesser used language is Frisian, spoken by some 400,000 in Friesland. Most people also speak English. To say goodbye, say "good day", which is Dag, pronounced "dakh". To say "hello", simply say Hallo, pronounced "HAH low".

Government

The Netherlands are governed by a constitutional monarchy. This type of government is defined as, " a government ruled by a king or queen whose power is determined by the nations 's constitution and laws" (World Cultures and Geography, 125). The queen's power is limited by the laws of the country. The Netherlands joined the European Union in recent years increasing its agricultural trade and economy

Currency

The Netherlands use the Euro as their currency. The Euro is used throughout Europe and is equal to 100 cents. Many travelers can use their current credit/debit cards in the Netherlands, making travel easier.

Religion

Most of the Netherlands has no religion. Large numbers of people declare Roman Catholic as their religious choice.

Citations

Written Resources


Bednarz, Sarah Witham. World Cultures and Geography. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2003. Print.


Harmans, Gerard M. L., Max Alexander, Hilbert Bolland, and Jane Hanson. The Netherlands. London [etc.: Dorling Kindersley, 2008. Print.


McAllister, Shannon. "Basic Dutch Greetings, Goodbyes and Polite Words to Use in Amsterdam." About.com Amsterdam Travel. N.p., 10 Apr. 2012. Web. 27 Jan. 2013.


Netherlands." CultureGrams Kids Edition. ProQuest, 2013. Web. 25 Jan 2013.dan's


"Netherlands." Travel Guide. N.p., 07 Jan. 2013. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <http://wikitravel.org/en/Netherlands>.


Image Resources


Crypt, The. Windmill. 2002. Photograph. Netherlands. Www.flickr.com. Thecrypt, 27 June 2002. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3263/2596930855_27e9102236_m.jpg>.


Keukenhof. Digital image. Www.flickr.com. Alvarogalve, 02 May 2010. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2155/2473642479_13c5da868a_m.jpg>.


Luijten, Koen. Vieze Bitterbal. Digital image. Www.diegestief.com. Www.google.com, 24 July 2011. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR-r1VQ3fwpa59DNuplz--7VbjyPif0dYTWIXye-A7rc8zhjGPX-w>.



Tony Cragg in Museum Beelden Aan Zee. Digital image. Www.flickr.com. Haags Uitburo, 04 Feb. 2009. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3318/3268523899_e45eca3c20_m.jpg>.


Vangogh.jpg. Digital image. Www.theinternationalalman.com. Www.google.com, 2009. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&docid=Hd_aHYMoaZ0sdM&tbnid=6OZxb6KaatJQwM:&ved=0CAUQjBwwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theinternationalman.com%2Fimg%2Fcategories%2Fvangogh.jpg&ei=er8FUbaZMMae2gW7r4GgBA&psig=AFQjCNHIDudxWI6l96HL9TB5Au0ZOPnYCQ&ust=1359417594827850>.