Time difference: GMT + 1
Language: The Netherlands official language is Dutch but English is widely spoken.
Culture: The Dutch culture is very diverse and tolerant.
Electrical current/ plugs: 220 AC volts. Plugs are rounded two-pronged variety.
Religion: The Netherlands is one of the most secular countries in Western Europe with only 39% being religiously affiliated.
Water: Tap water in the Netherlands is safe to drink and is stated as some of the best water in the world, although bottled water is readily available.
Politics: The Netherlands has constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy and decentralized unitary system. The king is the head of state and the prime minister is the head of government.