The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland) is a country located mainly in northwestern Europe. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve provinces and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. The five largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht (forming the Randstad megalopolis) and Eindhoven (leading the Brabantse Stedenrij). Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the seat of the States General, Cabinet and Supreme Court. The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and the world's largest outside Asia.
Geographical type: Territory
Latitude: 52.32° N — Longitude: 5.55° E
Area: 41,543 km²
ISO 3166-2 code: NL
Measures of Freedom
2019: 8.78, Rank: 11, Personal Freedom: 9.36, Economic Freedom: 7.96
2014: 7.63, Rank: 25
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 99, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
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