Flag of Netherlands

Flag of Netherlands

The Dutch flag is composed of a red-white-blue tricolor and it is also known as "The Prince's Flag". Records about the prince William of Orange´s flag appeared already in 1572, when William led the resistance against the Spanish domination, however the flag was originally orange, white and blue. Later, the orange stripe was replaced by a red one so that it was better visible on the seas. Dutch tricolor is the oldest national tricolor flag, and it served as an inspiration for the French and Russian tricolor. As the Russian flag later influenced many Slavic flags, the Dutch tricolor indirectly affected these flags as well. The Dutch flag is considered to be one of the oldest flags which retained its design even over times of various coups.

Country information

Independent Yes
Country codes NL, NLD (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Kingdom of the Netherlands
Capital city Amsterdam
Continent Europe
Member of United Nations, European Union, NATO
Population 17 438 081 (2020)
Total area 41 850 km2
Highest point Mount Scenery (887 m, 2 910 ft)
Lowest point Vergeten Plek, in the Zuidplaspolder near Waddinxveen (-7 m, -23 ft)
GDP per capita $ 53 024 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency Euro (€, EUR)
Calling code +31
Internet TLD .nl

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