The most populous country in Europe,Kingdom of the Netherlands takes only 41.5 thousand sq. M. km area on the political map of the world. The state is on the 132 place in the world by area and the 64th - the number of people living here. The country is divided into several administrative regions, called provinces. On behalf of the two of them - the North and South Holland - the country got its informal name, widespread among travelers. All Holland or the Netherlands province has its own elected government body called the Provincial States.
Monument perseverance and diligence
Until 1986, the country on the map you can readOnly 11 provincial titles. Then industrious Dutch have literally conquered new lands sea, draining almost 2.5 thousand sq. M. km. wetlands. The newly formed province of Flevoland was named.
The new stretch of land on the territory of the lakeIJsselmeer, drained and reclaimed from the sea. reclamation process lasted nearly sixty years, the impetus for the construction of a dam that allowed to do so, was the devastating flood in 1916.
On the territory of the province of Holland therea lot of important tourist sites, the most famous of which is called the fishing village schokland, which received the status of the object from the list of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, and the lighthouse of Urk village.
Statistics knows everything
Each province of the Netherlands is interesting in its own way. On the territory of some of them are a large number of historically significant architectural and cultural sites, others boast unique natural reserves and national parks. Statistical information on the Dutch provinces might be interested in the curious traveler:
- The largest number of residents in South Holland. She is considered his home three and a half million people.
- The largest area is occupied Dutch province Gelderland and North Brabant - 4971 and 4916 thousand sq. M. km. respectively.
- The population density in the Netherlands provinces everywheresufficient, but "more closely" just have to inhabitants of South Holland, Utrecht, North Holland and Limburg. On each square kilometer in these areas is necessary from 1042 to 507 people.
- Of particular interest to tourists arealmost all of the capital of Holland Provinces. Haarlem and Maastricht, Utrecht and Maastricht, Lelystad and, of course, The Hague - favorite places for entertainment and cultural tourism among travelers all over the world.