“If you are a student planning to study abroad in the Netherlands, here are 10 things you gotta know prior to departing.
1. It’s “the Netherlands”, NOT Holland
The Netherlands is a small country, but despite this, it’s very different across its lands. The north and the south are vastly different, as are the coastal towns compared to the ones inland. Many people confuse the terms Holland and the Netherlands and use Holland to describe the whole country. Holland is actually a region in the west coastal area of the country. This area contains all three of The Netherlands’ most populous cities: Amsterdam, the capital, the Hague, the seat of the government, and Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port.
Here’s an awesome video that dives even deeper into themes of the Netherlands vs. Holland that’s worth checking out. Be sure you’re well versed before you head to Utrecht, Amsterdam, et al!”