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Dutch, West Fresian, Papiamento and English.


27% Roman Catholic, 17% Protestant, 6% Muslim, 1% Hindu, 1% Buddhist.  42% of people have no faith.



Plug types:

Worldwide C & F

For more information please go here.





International phone code:


Time zone:

UTC +2 hours / 9 hours behind Eastern Standard Summertime in Australia.

Drives on:



The oceans affect the weather conditions of maritime climate which is also known as oceanic climate. Summers are generally warm with changeable periods, but excessively hot weather is rare. Winters can generally signify mild weather or generally they are quite cold with the possibility of some snow. Rainfall is common throughout the year. Almost each day clouds appear in the sky and the winters also experience foggy weather. The average temperature of Netherlands is about 2 degrees Celsius (35 degrees Fahrenheit) in the month of January. In July the average monthly temperature is 19°C. The annual average temperature is approximately 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). People in the Netherlands complain much about the weather.

Visa information:

Netherlands tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia, USA, Canada, UK  for a stay up to 90 days. For more information, click here.

Flight times from Australia:

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane around 19 hours  via a number of stop overs such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Dubai, Beiing and more.


By law, the service charge for dining at restaurants is included in the price of the meal. If you feel the service was exceptional, you can leave a tip (10%) in addition to the price on the bill.  In bars and cafes, it is usual to round up or leave some small change.

Internet and communication:

Most hotels have internet access and it’s always a good connection. In fact the Netherlands has the fastest internet service in Europe (as at the time of writing). Ensure you have adequate USB ports or chargers. Using a phone in a hotel is expensive.


Medical facilities and care are comparable with those in Australia; however medical costs in the Netherlands are high. There is a Reciprocal Health Agreement between Australia and the Netherlands which provides for urgent or emergency medical treatment in the public hospital system on the provision of a valid Medicare card. Usual vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella recommended.


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