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The Netherlands Country Profile

The Netherlands' name reflects its low-lying topography, with more than a quarter of its total area under sea level. Now a constitutional monarchy, the country began its independent life as a republic in the 16th century, when the foundations were laid for it to become one of the world's foremost maritime trading nations.

Full name: The Kingdom of the Netherlands

Population: 16.7 million (UN, 2010)

Capital: Amsterdam; seat of government: the Hague

Area: 41,864 sq km (16,164 sq miles)

Major language: Dutch

Major religion: Christianity

Life expectancy: 78 years (men), 83 years (women) (UN)

Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents

Main exports: Metal manufacturing, chemicals, foodstuffs

GNI per capita: US $49,350 (World Bank, 2009)

Internet domain: .nl

International dialling code: +31

Head of state: Queen Beatrix

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