Rather than explaining every single detail on The Netherlands here, you can check out the Netherlands Home Page, or, if you are interested in what the CIA thinks are facts on The Netherlands, check out the CIA handbook entry for The Netherlands.
Below you'll find a rather extensive text on The Netherlands. Nearly all text was derived from Microsoft Encarta 1996 Edition and so are Copyright (c) 1995 Microsoft Corporation. Since the information is slightly dated, details about the current political situation etc. may be slightly incorrect. In a very small number of places I made minor modifications for correctness or to add small amounts of additional material.
For more information about the town where I was born and spent most of my life, read about Alkmaar. I have also included text, and some pictures, about some other cities, such as Amsterdam and The Hague.