Now it's time to know some basic facts about #the_Netherlands.
Netherlands means lower countries, due to its low land, with only about 50% of its land exceeding one meter above sea level. It is a densely populated country in Western Europe and its total area is about 41,543 square kilometers (3 times bigger than #Tehran_Province). The Netherlands has a population of more than 17 million people, is the world's second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products (after the US) and was the third country in the world to have an elected parliament. #Amsterdam is the capital city although it is not the seat of the government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam has a population of 8.5 thousand within the city and 1.3 million people in the urban area. Most countries in Europe have their own language like Nederland where people speaks Dutch, which is different to German. The monarch of Nederland – based on constitutional monarchy of this country – is Willem-Alexander, and the prime minister is Mark Rutte. Because of the multi-party system, no single party has held a majority in parliament since the 19th century, and coalition cabinets had to be formed. / Photo: Nienke