The Netherlands flag features three bands of color: red on the top, white in the middle and blue on the bottom. The top red band represents bravery, strength and valor, the white stripe in the middle stands for honesty and peace and the blue band on the bottom symbolizes loyalty, justice and vigilance.Know More
The Netherlands flag is known as a tricolor and is superficially similar to the national flags of Luxembourg, Russia, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and France. The flags are distinguished by their precise shades of red, white and blue as well as the order of the colored bands, and, in the case of France, the orientation of the stripes.
The original version of the flag used orange instead of blue. Orange, blue and white were the family colors of Prince William of Orange, leader of the Dutch revolt. In 1937, Queen Wilhemina decreed that red, white and blue were the official colors of the Dutch flag. The orange version of the flag is known as the Prince's Flag. Some extremist Dutch groups and individuals, such as the Greater Netherlands movement, use the Prince's Flag to signify their political beliefs. This is similar to the use of the Confederate flag by people in the American South.Learn more about Europe
Germany and Belgium border the Netherlands. To the east, the Netherlands shares a 358-mile border with Germany, while the common border with Belgium to the south runs 279 miles.Full Answer >
The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of four separate countries, as of 2015. They include the Netherlands itself, plus three independent countries located in the Caribbean: Curacao, Aruba and Sint Maarten.Full Answer >
The main religion in the Netherlands is Roman Catholicism, to which 29 percent of the population belongs, according to a 2008 survey. Nineteen percent of Dutch citizens identify as Protestant, while 42 percent claim no religion at all.Full Answer >
The physical features of the Netherlands include flat country, rolling hills and the Ardennes Mountains. Water features, such as the Rhine, Meuse and Schelde Rivers, are some of the most prominent features of this country.Full Answer >