Where in the World?

The Netherlands is located in Northwestern Europe along the North Sea. This small country is divided into 12 official provinces (4 regional divisions). From Amsterdam, most of the country can be accessed by train within a couple of hours.

Cultural note: although these two names are often used interchangeably, “Holland” is a historic region along the North Sea, now divided (into North and South) to create two of the provinces within the larger, more diverse country of “the Netherlands”. “Dutch” refers to all things and people from this country.

Regions of the Netherlands

Western Netherlands

North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht, Flevoland

Eastern Netherlands

Overijssel, Gelderland

Northern Netherlands

Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe

Southern Netherlands

Zeeland, North Brabant, Limburg



Provinces and Cities in West Netherlands

North Holland

Amsterdam  •  Haarlem

South Holland

Den Haag (The Hague)  •  Sheveningen  •  Delft  •  Leiden  •  Rotterdam  •  Dordrecht

Utrecht (Province and City)


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