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Old 03-17-2005, 03:52 PM   #31
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I was taught about the Benelux Nations in school.

Is there any official Federation?
The Benelux is a kind of free trade federation of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg established in the 1940's
Though it still exists, much of its tasks have become obsolete due to an increasing power of the EU.
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Nope. One of the few dutch I think that is an absolute nightmare on ice-skates. I tried. I failed. I quit.
I am also a nightmare on skates .
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What is the most positive side of living in the Netherlands ?
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Old 03-18-2005, 02:57 AM   #34
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1) What is your age

2) Can one survive with just speaking English in Amsterdam. Do shopkeepers etc speak english.

3) When dutch people go for a party, is it always a DUTCH party ?

4) Is an average dutch people taller than average non-dutch european ?
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What is the most positive side of living in the Netherlands ?
I think you can answer that question yourself.
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Old 03-18-2005, 03:10 AM   #36
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1) What is your age

2) Can one survive with just speaking English in Amsterdam. Do shopkeepers etc speak english.

3) When dutch people go for a party, is it always a DUTCH party ?

4) Is an average dutch people taller than average non-dutch european ?
1. I'm 28.

2. Never tried of course () but I think you can. Especially when you're just staying in Amsterdam/the Netherlands for a short visit. Most if not all of the people working in shops/bars/restaurants speak English.

3. What is a Dutch party?
*search on Wikipedia*
Interesting...
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In the Netherlands, the expression "American-style party" is used instead.
And no, we (almost) never have a Dutch party. Although when the Dutch are partying it is of course a Dutch party.

4. Yes. The Dutch are among the tallest in the world (and thus also in Europe). Maybe the Swedes are even taller.
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4. Yes. The Dutch are among the tallest in the world (and thus also in Europe). Maybe the Swedes are even taller.
In fact we were the tallest last year. It always seems to be close with Norwegians.
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My knowledge of Dutch history is limited to what is relevant to art, but it is also the cause of my questions lol. Flemish painters, are Dutch, but are always referred to as Flemish. Is this related to Flanders? And if so how? Prior to your 7 northern provinces being rebellious (Utrecht, Groningen, Friesland etc), it was North and South Holland, yeah? South Holland later becoming Belgium? I think what my question is, is what region exactly did these Flemish geniuses come from? Is the Lowlands loosely known as the area which borders the south, and north Belgium?

I've tried for many years to work this out. Even looking at the biography of artists who are still known as Flemish, like Aelbert van Ouwater and Geertgen Tot Sint Jans, but when they moved south for work it was still known back then as South Holland, right?


Cripes lol. If you can follow this you'll have my eternal respect
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Amsterdam/the Netherlands for a short visit.
whenever it is..it will be a short visit ..maximum 2-3 weeks...
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Anna,

Yes, Flemish is the adjective form of Flanders and that is currently a region in Belgium. Until 1830 (part of) Belgium was part of the Netherlands, but they rebelled/seceded. Thus, the 16th and 17th Flemish painters were Dutch in that era (although many consider them Belgian now).
As for the distinction North and South Holland, it does not refer to the total country. Of the 12 provinces we currently have, one is called North Holland and one is called South Holland. Together they form the Western part of the Netherlands (North, South, West, are you still there? ), excluding the Southwestern part of the Netherlands. So when people refer to the Netherlands as Holland they're actually referring to just a part of the country (it would be a bit like referring to the USA as Virginia).
The Lowlands is more or less a nickname for the total Dutch/Belgian region. Because the country IS flat. It's kinda like referring to Australia as Down Under. BTW, the French (Pays Bas) and Spanish (Paisos Bajos) names for the Netherlands literally translate to Low Countries.
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Ok, I've been mistaken on a couple of things. Of the 7 I mentioned rebelling etc, I thought 'Holland' was one of those provinces. But there is no province called Holland on it's own - one is South Holland, the other North Holland? Which together form the western region? The western bit does seem to make a bit of sense, but it's where Belgium gets sneaky which confuses me. And France as well actually. Is Dijon in France? Some of the Flemish dudes also got known by working for the dukes of Burgandy whose court was there, in Dijon. It influenced a crapload of your art during the middle ages.

Your history is fascinating. I will come over and visit you all one day.
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Why is population of Holland going down ?
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Which is the most popular rock artist from Holland ( with lyrics in English).

I had heard some songs by Ayreon and I remember loving it !!

Anyone bigger than Ayreon..and better ?
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It isn't, at the moment.

AFAIK, we're at ~ 16.3 million and counting.
However, the average age is getting higher here.
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5 star thread anyway
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