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Netherlands Introduction 2010
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SOURCE: 2010 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES

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Background:
The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999.


NOTE: The information regarding Netherlands on this page is re-published from the 2010 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Netherlands Introduction 2010 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Netherlands Introduction 2010 should be addressed to the CIA.



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