|People||80.9% Dutch 2.4% Germans 2.4% Indonesians 2.0% Surinamese 12.3% others|
|Language||Dutch (official), Frisian (official)|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 30%, Protestant 20% (Dutch Reformed 11%, Calvinist 6%, other Protestant 3%), Muslim 5.8%, other 2.2%, none 42%|
|Government||Government Parliamentary democracy
- Monarch Queen Beatrix
- Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
|Head of Government||Prime Minister: Mark Rutte; Monarch: King Willem-Alexander|
|Embassy||American Embassy Lange Voorhout 102 2514 EJ The Hague Tel : +31 70 310-2209|
|Visas||For a visit to the Netherlands of less than three months (90 days), a US citizen does not need a visa.
To be admitted into the Netherlands all of the following is needed:
1) a US passport with a validity that exceeds the intended stay by at least three months
2) a return airline ticket
3) enough money for your stay
It is advisable to make provisions for emergencies such as sudden illness and hospitalization, prior to your trip.
|Clothing Suggestions||Temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters
Climate in the Netherlands
The warmest weather is from June to August, with temperatures between 21 - 26 degrees Celsius. There are rarely extreme temperatures. The air is relatively humid and fog is common in the autumn and spring. There are stronger winds from October to March.
|Time Zone:||Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Daylight saving time: +1 hour
Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Time zone abbreviation: CEST - Central European Summer Time
6 hours ahead of Washington DC time
|Banking / Exchange||Hours of operations - Monday to Friday between 08:30am to 5:00pm.|
|Electric Current||Current Type - a.c. indicates alternating current; Nominal voltage - 220/380
|Credit Cards / Traveler Checks||Credit cards used in Netherlands:
Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover
Credit cards are widely accepted, though in some small shops or hotels, there might an extra charge (2-6%) if you pay by a credit card, passport may be required. Generally, the most preferred payment method is Euro cash with the banknotes up to 50 Euro bill.
|Shopping||Amsterdam is the city of antiques, books, diamonds, and curiosities. In general, shop-opening hours are 1-6pm on Mondays and 9/10am-6pm Tuesday to Friday. Most have late night shopping on Thursday until 9pm, and close earlier on Saturdays, at 5pm. Some supermarkets, like Albert Heijn stay open until 8 or 10 pm. On Sundays, you can shop in the city center, Kalverstraat, Damrak, Leidsestraat and near the Noorderkerk.
|Weights & measures||The metric system is standard throughout the country.|
|How to shop Tax Fee||1. Shop in any of the stores that display a TAX-FREE FOR TOURISTS window sticker and ask for a Tax-Free Shopping Form. With this form you can later claim your VAT (Value Added Tax) Refund. The VAT is included in the selling price. 2. When leaving the country, show the unused goods to customs and get your form stamped. 3. Return your completed, customs stamped form to Global Blue-Netherlands by mail to receive your refund.|
|National Airport||Amsterdam Schiphol is the Netherlands' main airport.|
|Major Tourist Attractions||Amsterdam, along with The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and other nearby towns and cities.|
|Tipping Suggestion||Tipping is not compulsory in the Holland, but rounding up the bill is always appreciated in taxis, restaurants and pubs with table or pavement service. It is customary to tip tour guides 5 to 7 EUR per person per day on multiday tours and drivers 3 to 5 EUR per person per day. The suggested tip for day tours is 10 to 15 EUR for the guide and 5 EUR for the driver.|