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Netherlands1.Description of the Netherlandsa.A European country. People, language, and culture are referred to as “dutch”.b.17 millions people in an area of 41,5043 km2. Densely populated. Amsterdam is the capital. c.Famous for historic naval powers, now known painters, windmills, clogs, and flat lands. d.Modernized today, a very international country, known for its liberal culture. Official Languages: Dutch, Frisian, English (Amsterdam)Population: 16,803,893 (2013 estimate)Currency: Euro (€) (mainland)Government: parliamentary democracy with constitutional monarchReligions: (2013) Roman Catholic 23.7%Protestant 10.2%Muslim 5,5% other 6%unaffiliated 51.3-61%(2014) Atheism 25%Agnosticism 31%Ietsism 27%Theism 17%This small nation has developed into one of the most open and thriving in the world. 10thhighest per capita income in the world in 2011. Open market mixed economy. Ranked 13 on the index of economic freedom. Ranked by the OECD as the happiest country in the world.2.When and How was it Globalized? Around 1951Immediately after WW2 The Dutch struggled with rations and housing shortages. Many of its citizens fled to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Government funded emigration efforts to reduce population density. A Post war baby boom followed. Unemployment fell due to government efforts to rebuild first.

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