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Amsterdam / Netherlands Statistics
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Netherlands - Location Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany
Area - Total 41,526 sq km
Area - Land 33,883 sq km
Area - Water 7,643 sq km
Geographic Coordinates 52 30 N, 5 45 E
Coastline 451 km
Elevation Highest Vaalserberg 322 m
Elevation Lowest Zuidplaspolder -7 m
Birth rate 11.41 births/1,000 population (2004 est.)
Death rate 8.67 deaths/1,000 population (2004 est.)
Life expectancy - Male 76.15 years
Life expectancy - Female 81.34 years (2004 est.)
Languages Dutch (official language), Frisian (official language)
Independence 1579 (from Spain); note - the northern provinces of the Low Country concluded the Union of Utrecht, but it was not until 1648 that Spain recognized their independence
Flag Description three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and blue; similar to the flag of Luxembourg, which uses a lighter blue and is longer; one of the oldest flags in constant use, originating with William I, Prince of Orange, in the latter half of the 16th century
Internet Code .nl
Airports 27 (2003 est.)
Bordering Countries France, Germany, Ireland
Records The fastest swimmer in the world (on 100 metres) is the Dutchman Peter Van Den Hoogenband (47"84, Sydney, 2000).

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