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Background information

Geography and Climate

The Netherlands is located in the North West of Europe, at the West and North-West coastline is the North Sea. The country borders with Belgium from the South, and Germany from the East and Northeast. Due to its long North Sea coast (451 km) the Netherlands has a typical mild maritime climate. Wet and mild, winters are rarely harsh and summer is never very hot.

Provinces of the Netherlands

The Netherlands are traditionally divided into 12 provinces, which have their own capital, own self-rule and administration. Each of these provinces has a very different history and  traditions. The richness of the Netherlands lies in its diversity.

Heemstede, Noord-Holland

The clinic where you will be staying is in Heemstede, in the province 'Noord-Holland'. Heemstede is 5 km from Haarlem, 25 km from Amsterdam and 10 km from the beach.    

Population and Languages

The Netherlands has nearly 17 million residents. Dutch is an official language, spoken by almost all the population. Most Dutch people also speak English and/or German. 

Dutch culture

We hope that during your stay at SEIN you will also have the opportunity to experience a little of the Dutch culture. 

For more information about the Netherlands, its culture, customs and cuisine, please take a look on the website