Holland vs The Netherlands

June 18, 2008

No, this isn’t a soccer match. It’s a short primer on the difference between Holland and The Netherlands.

The Netherlands is a country made up of twelve provinces. It’s people are referred to as the Dutch. Holland is a region of the country, made up of two provinces, North Holland and South Holland. It’s the cultural and economic heart of The Netherlands, covering about 15% of the area of The Netherlands while containing over half the population. The cities of Amsterdam, Den Haag (The Hague) and Rotterdam are all in Holland.

So a Hollander is always Dutch, but a Dutchman (or woman) isn’t always a Hollander.  Kapisch?



  1. Does everyone in the Netherlands speak basically the same language?

  2. Yep. They all speak Dutch.

    However, like the US, there are regional dialectics.

    Dutch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_language

  3. In the history of The Netherlands/Lowlands seven provinces used to work together especially for trade. Among these provinces were Holland (now South and North Holland) and Zeeland. These two were the most powerful and rich. The Netherlands used to be called the Lowlands including parts of Belgium.

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