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Netherlands Life


According to a 1998 estimate, the Netherlands has a population of 15,731,112. The overall population density is 379 persons per sq km (981 per sq mi), making the Netherlands one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The nation is heavily urbanized, with about 89 percent of the population living in urban areas.
The largest cities are Amsterdam (population, 1998 preliminary, 717,304), the country's capital; Rotterdam (590,436), one of the world's leading seaports; The Hague (441,561), the nation's seat of government; and Utrecht (232,983), a manufacturing hub.

Sixteen other cities had between 100,000 and 200,000 inhabitants in the mid-1990s. Many of these cities are concentrated in the western provinces of Noord-Holland (North Holland), Zuid-Holland (South Holland), and Utrecht, comprising the large urban region called Randstad.

The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, which is spoken throughout the country.
In the province of Friesland, however, a large percentage of the population speaks another Germanic language, Frisian, as its first language.

Roman Catholics constitute about 33 percent and Protestants 23 percent of the Dutch population. About 3 percent are adherents of Islam, and the country also has a small Jewish community.
About 39 percent of the people do not belong to a religious body. The Roman Catholics are concentrated in the southern part of the country.

The Protestants are divided among several denominations, the largest being the Dutch Reformed church.
The Netherlands has no official religion, but the Reformed church has had a close association with the Dutch state since the founding of the Dutch Republic. All the country's monarchs have been members of the Reformed church.


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