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Netherlands
Capital:
Amsterdam; The Hague is the seat of government
Population:
16,318,199 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
The Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in 1999.
Government type:
constitutional monarchy
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $461.4 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
8.5 million (2003)
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