In many countries, the Netherlands is often referred to by the name Holland. However widespread, this usage is incorrect in English, as Holland is a region in the central-western part of the Netherlands, consisting of two provinces.
The Hotel Polen fire occurred on 9 May 1977 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The conflagration destroyed the Hotel Polen (English: Hotel Poland), a multistorey hotel in the centre of the city (once known as a fashionable place to stay), located between the Kalverstraat and the Rokin. The incident resulted in 33 deaths. The cause of the fire was never determined. At present the location of Hotel Polen is occupied by the Rokin Plaza (pictured).
The city of Rotterdam following the Battle of the Netherlands in 1940, during World War II. The battle was a part of the Case Yellow operation by Nazi Germany where German forces invaded the Lowlands and largely succeeded. The four day battle, from May 10 to May 14 1940, ended with Netherlands surrendering to avoid further bombings.
... the Netherlands is one of the few countries in the world where the government is not seated in the capital? The Constitution of Netherlands regards Amsterdam as the official capital, but The Hague is the seat of the Government of Netherlands.
... the Netherlands is the 15th most densely populated country in the world, with 395 inhabitants per square km (or 482/km² if only the land area is counted, 18.4% is water)?
... about 20% of the surface area of the Netherlands is located below sea level?
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, OM, RA (January 8, 1836, Dronrijp, the Netherlands.- June 25, 1912 Wiesbaden, Germany) was one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth-century Britain. Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky. Universally admired during his lifetime for his superb draftsmanship and depictions of Classical antiquity, he fell into disrepute after his death and only in the last thirty years has his work been reevaluated for its importance within nineteenth-century English art.