With one fourth of the country below sea level and the rest barely 3 feet above it, it is easy to guess where 'Netherlands' gets its name from. 'Nether' literally means below. So, the land below is 'Netherlands'! How straight forward!
Despite or perhaps because of the no-nonsense approach of the founding fathers of Netherlands, this is a highly modern and egalitarian society. Tolerant and liberal, the Netherlands was amongst the first countries to legalise euthanasia, grant LGBTQ non discriminatory status and give many other freedoms to their citizens which are unheard of elsewhere.
Netherlands has a vibrant cultural and sporting ethos.
Apart from the the Netherlands, Dutch is spoken in Belgium, Indonesia, Suriname and many other places where Dutch colonialists operated. In fact, the Dutch were amongst the initial settlers in South Africa and many South Africans trace their ancestry back to Netherlands. The S.African language, Africaans, is actually the original form of Dutch spoken in Netherlands in the 17th century.
Knowing the language enables you to communicate effortlessly with the locals, find jobs with ease and in a million small ways, it makes life so much more comfortable, fulfilling and interesting!
Fun fact - Did you know that the Netherlands is informally also known as Holland?
Not so fun fact - Did you know that the Dutch east India Company started its colonisation of India much before the British East India Company?