Mostly known for the colorful tulips, numerous windmills and delicious cheese, the Netherlands consists of twelve provinces. The country borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest. It has an area of 41,526 km2 and 16,987,330 residents.
It is a founding member of the EU, Eurozone, G10, NATO, OECD, and WTO. Moreover, it is one of the five founding states of the Schengen agreement, signed on 14 June 1985.
The largest port in Europe and world’s largest port outside Asia, the Port of Rotterdam, is located in the Netherlands. This Western European country has the highest English-proficiency in the world and it is the world’s second biggest beer exporter, after Mexico.