I really do love to make bread!
The land area is 16,039 square miles and the population is 16,819,595 according to the 2014 census. About 20% of the land area and 21% of the population are located below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level are man-made, due to centuries of extensive and poorly controlled peat extraction.
Much of the Netherlands is formed by the estuary of three European rivers, which together with their distributaries, form the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta. Most of the Netherlands is very flat, with the exception of foothills in the far southeast and several low hill ranges in the central parts of the country. Twenty national parks and hundreds of other nature reserves are located within the country. There are no native forests in the Netherlands. They were all cut down, the last in 1871.
The highest part in all of the Netherlands is located on Saba. It is Mt. Scenery at an elevation of 2910 feet.
The Netherlands is the tenth most populous country in Europe and it ranks 63rd in the world. The official language is, of course, Dutch.
The Netherlands has a long history of social tolerance and is, today, regarded as a highly liberal country due to its lenient drug policy, legal euthanasia and on April 1, 2001, it became the first country in the world to recognize same-sex marriage.
The Netherland's cuisine is based around fishing and farming. Dutch cuisine is simple and straight-forward. A great example would be the Brown Bean Soup recipe. The food is comprised of many vegetables and little meat. Breakfast and lunch are, typically, bread with toppings. Dinner is meat and potatoes. It is a high-fat and and high-carb diet that reflects the dietary needs of the laborers who molded the country. Dutch cuisine also contains many dairy products. Potatoes became a very important part of a Dutch diet after being introduced to Europe from South America and by 1800, they became a staple food. Beer is widely drunk and is more popular than wine.
I am chugging right along as far as countries/territories go. The Netherlands was my 94th country in the whole Around the World in an RV project. The countries/territories that are coming up are: 95-Estonia, 96-Hong Kong and 97-the Coral Sea Islands. Watch for the Hong Kong blog for a new poll to be put up to vote on the next few countries/territories. And, as always, until we meet up in Estonia or I get creative in the galley and come up with a new recipe, Bob and I wish you all PEACE!