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Background information

Geography and Climate

The Netherlands is located in North Western Europe, at the West and North-West coastline the North Sea; the country borders with Belgium from the South and Germany from the East and Northeast. Through its long North Sea coast (451 km) the climate of the Netherlands is a typical mild maritime climate, wet and mild, winters are rarely strong, 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 very different history and different traditions. Thus, more than in any other country of Europe, the richness of the Netherlands lays in its diversity.

Population and Languages

The Netherlands is populated in 81% by Caucasian Dutch population of Germanic or Gallo Celtic descent. Contrary to the popular ideas, more Dutch are catholic 31% than protestant 21%. In the Netherlands, women slightly exceed the male population. Dutch is an official language, spoken by almost total of the population. Most Dutch people also speak English and/or German. 

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About your stay in the Netherlands

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

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