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Netherlands The Facts

  • Full name: The Kingdom of the Netherlands 
  • Population: 16.4 million (UN, 2007) 
  • Capital: Amsterdam; seat of government: the Hague 
  • Area: 41,864 sq km (16,164 sq miles) 
  • Major language: Dutch 
  • Major religion: Christianity 
  • Life expectancy: 78 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN) 
  • Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents 
  • Main exports: Metal manufacturing, chemicals, foodstuffs 
  • GNI per capita: US $36,620 (World Bank, 2006) 
  • Internet domain: .nl 
  • International dialling code: +31 
  • Head of state: Queen Beatrix 
  • Prime minister: Jan Peter Balkenende 
  • The press
    • Algemeen Dagblad - national, daily
    • NRC Handelsblad - national, daily
    • De Telegraaf - national, daily
    • De Volkskrant - national, daily
    • Trouw - national, daily
    • Elsevier - news weekly
    • Vrij Nederland - news weekly 
  • Television
    • NOS - oversees the country's three national public networks
    • BVN TV - public, for Dutch-speakers abroad
    • RTL - commercial, operates RTL4, RTL5, RTL7 and RTL8 channels
    • SBS - commercial, operates SBS6, Net5 and Veronica channels 
  • Radio
    • NOS - oversees public radio stations, including news and information station Radio 1, music network Radio 2, pop station 3FM, cultural station Radio 4
    • Radio Netherlands - international broadcaster, language services include English
    • Sky Radio - popular commercial FM station, continuous music
    • Radio 538 - popular commercial FM station, pop and dance music
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