National Symbols of Netherlands

Last updated on April 17th, 2024 by Editorial Staff

Table Of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Country Information
  3. Coat of arms
  4. Flag map
  5. Country motto
  6. National animal
  7. National flower
  8. National bird
  9. Rest of national symbols
  10. State symbols
  11. Neighbouring countries
  12. Proverbs & sayings
  13. Compare with other countries
  14. Location

By Abdou | Updated on April 17, 2024

Reviewed by Rittika

The Netherlands or the Kingdom of the Netherlands is a small country between Belgium and Germany in Western Europe. The North Sea is located in the country’s north, which continually batters the country every year. The capital Amsterdam is located in the north of the Netherlands and consists of more than 160 canals. The population consists of Dutch, Turks, Moroccans, and Indonesians, while the official language is Dutch. People in the Netherlands are diverse in terms of religion, with atheists, Christians, and Muslims. The country code is +31, and the official domain is “.nl.”

“I Will Maintain” is the official Dutch motto while Prince William I Of Orange, aka Silent William, is considered the country’s founder thanks to his leadership in the Dutch Revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years’ War in the 16th and the 17th century which resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1581. The 5th of May is celebrated as the national day as it is the Dutch liberation day from Nazi occupation in 1945. Additionally, the famous Dutch artist and painter Vincent Van Gogh is considered a national hero. The national color of the Netherlands is orange, which created the nickname the oranges for the country. The Dutch flag consists of red, white, and blue horizontal bands from top to bottom.

The national animal of the country is the lion which is shown on the national emblem with crowns. Another symbol animal and also the national bird is the Black-Tailed Godwit. The Netherlands is known for its fantastic tulips which grow everywhere in the country making them a significant country symbol. Another symbol is the national tree which is considered to be The Witch Tree. The traditional Dutch dish, Stamppot, made from potatoes mashed with one or several vegetables, is the country’s national dish, along with the Jenever, the juniper-flavored traditional liquor, as the national drink. The Dam Square in the capital, Amsterdam, is one of the important places in the country, with the national monument in the middle. The national mausoleum is the Huis Doorn in the city of Doorn, which was made in the 9th century.

Joost Van Den Vondel and Jacob Cats, the 16th-century poets, are referred to as Dutch national poets. The fiddle is the national instrument, while the national dance is called Santoso. Skirts and trousers are considered national dresses. The national sport is football which the Dutch are pretty famous for their unique style of playing and many famous players. The Dutch national airline is called KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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Country information

Former name(s) Holland
Official name(s) Kingdom of the Netherlands
Alternative name(s) Kingdom of the Netherlands (official, English)
Regional location Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany
Country name etymology Netherlands literally means "Low countries" or "Lowlands"
Climate Temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters
Terrain Mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders); some hills in the southeast
Population 17,134,872
National Day 5 May 1945
Language(s) Dutch
Religion Christianity, Traditional faiths, and Islam
Country code +31
Literacy rate 99%
Currency Euro
Capital city Amsterdam
Domain(TLD) .nl
Ethnicity Dutch, Turks, Moroccans, and Indonesians
Head of government Prime Minister
Nationality Dutch
Driving side Drive on the Right-hand side
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Total area 41,865 km² (16,164 sq mi)
Timezone UTC+1 (CET) UTC−4 (AST)
Average elevation 30 m (98 ft)
Coastline 451 km
Mains electricity 230 V
Emergency telephone numbers Emergency Telephone Numbers

Coat of arms

Flag map of Netherlands

Flag map of Netherlands

Motto of Netherlands

"I will maintain"

National animal of Netherlands

The National animal of Netherlands is Asiatic lion

National Animal of Netherlands - Asiatic lion

National flower of Netherlands

The National flower of Netherlands is Tulips. Botanical name is Tulipa.

National flower of Netherlands - Tulips

National bird of Netherlands

The National bird of Netherlands is Black-tailed Godwit

National bird of Netherlands - Black-tailed Godwit

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Neighbouring countries of Netherlands

Dutch Proverbs - Popular quotes, proverbs and sayings.

A kiss without a beard is like an egg without salt.

An old rat won’t go into the trap.

When the shepherd strays, the sheep stray.

Were everyone to sweep in front of his own house, every street would be clean.

Soon ripe, soon rotten; soon wise, soon foolish.

One sprinkles the most sugar where the tart is burnt.

There are more thieves than are hanged.

When two quarrel both are in the wrong.

Stroke your dog, and he’ll spoil your clothes.

More flies are caught with a spoonful of syrup than with a barrel full of vinegar.

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