Surviving in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a medium-sized country in western Europe, between Belgium, Germany and the Northern Sea. It has a lot of agriculture and is famous for its maritime commerce. This is reflected in its flat horizon covered by fields and channels.

The Netherlands is the most densely populated country (excluding micro nations) in Europe, with more than 400 people per square kilometer. For this reason there’s an abundance of trains and buses – read more about “Your trip to the Netherlands” here. When you walk the streets, watch out for the many bicycles! Don’t cross the bike path (they’re usually purple) without looking both ways first.

The language of the Netherlands is Dutch. Visitors who do not speak it, may use English and sometimes German. Be aware that the Dutch are often very direct, and do not misinterpet that as a lack of politeness. If someone simply tells you “No” without an exaplanation, don’t be offended.

The currency of the country is the euro. Usual summer temperatures are around 15-30 degrees celsius. The tap water is drinkable and delicious. The eletrical outlets are 230 volts and are suited for plugs of types C, E and F, used in the majority of Europe.

Public transit uses a special chip card, but it’s possible to buy one-use tickets in a ticketing machine or online.

Be aware that Holland is not the same as the Netherlands. Holland is a region within the Netherlands, which contains Amsterdam among other cities. Someren, where the congress takes place, is not situated in Holland but in Brabant.