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Netherlands Country Quiz

Name these facts about the Netherlands.
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Last updated: August 8, 2019
First submittedMay 5, 2013
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Most populous cities
(by city proper population)
Amsterdam
Rotterdam
The Hague
Bordering countries
(within Europe)
Belgium
Germany
Type of embankment meant to keep
the water out
Dyke
Term for a piece of reclaimed land
surrounded by the above
Polder
Name for the heir to the throne
Prince of Orange
Official language
Dutch
Wooden shoe
Clog or Klomp
Flower whose prices caused a
"mania" in the 17th century
Tulip
Country that was once called
the Dutch East Indies
Indonesia
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Answer
Painter of "The Night Watch"
Rembrandt
Painter of "The Starry Night"
Vincent Van Gogh
Major oil company
Royal Dutch Shell
Largest bank
ING
National airline
KLM
National sport
Soccer
Caribbean island shared
with France
Saint Martin
Current king
Willem-Alexander
Most famous beer brand
Heineken
Most popular french fry topping
Mayonnaise
Former currency
Guilder
Scientist who was the first to see
single-cell organisms
Antonie van
Leeuwenhoek
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level 83
May 21, 2013
Was surprised that I knew all of these--though took forever to spell van Leeuwenhoek correctly enough to get credit :)
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level 85
May 22, 2013
The Netherlands also borders France… if you want to get technical.
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level 63
Nov 1, 2013
That would be the Kingdom of the Netherlands, rather than the Netherlands, if you want to get really technical
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level 28
Feb 8, 2014
Then also the question 'island shared with france' would be incorrect, if you want to be really really technical ;)
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level ∞
Aug 18, 2015
Added "within Europe" to the clue so we don't have to get technical anymore. :)
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level 63
Mar 14, 2016
:-)
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level 33
Nov 5, 2013
The term Indië was also popularly used for the former Indonesia
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level 61
Nov 7, 2013
Can you accept Den Haag for The Hague?
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level ∞
Aug 18, 2015
Den Haag will work now.
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level 37
Mar 11, 2014
I kept spelling the King's name as William Alexander. Urgh. Anyways, 14/24, not bad for a American.
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level 72
Jun 9, 2014
I chose Amstel for my beer! Can that be an allowed choice too?
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level 20
Aug 14, 2019
No one knows Amstel outside of the Netherlands, so wouldn't make sense. I prefer Zundert, but who cares
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level 70
Aug 17, 2019
Are you kidding? It's very often available on tap in the UK, is available bottled all over Belgium, Luxembourg and France, and is one of the most popular beers in Spain.
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level 56
Aug 14, 2014
I thought that the national sport of netherlands was ice skating.
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level 18
Aug 14, 2019
I thought it was Field hockey so...
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level 20
Aug 14, 2019
It's definitely Ice Skating
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level 48
Dec 17, 2015
Stole mayonnaise from the Belgians. Viva La Belgique!
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level 82
Mar 14, 2016
You are mixing Spanish and French there. "Vive la Belgique" if you want to go that route. (I think, didn't check it and it was ages ago I studied French)
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level 73
Aug 13, 2019
well, bugs isn't far off, bringing spanish into the equation. some say mayonnaise comes from 'mahonesa', which means 'from mahon', a town in menorca, one of the balearic islands, where the sauce supposedly comes from.
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level 72
Aug 13, 2019
And wasn't Belgium the Spanish Netherlands at one point?
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level 66
Aug 14, 2019
@ddddan all of the Netherlands was the Spanish Netherlands at one point, though indeed the Spanish stayed longer in control of the territory that's now roughly Belgium.
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level 47
Mar 14, 2016
glad I scored 24/24 as a Dutchman :) Good questions! I was a bit disappointed that 'Willem' was sufficient for the king. But Antonie van Leeuwenhoek made up for that!
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level 45
Mar 14, 2016
Living here gave me most of the answers. Despite living here for almost a year now, I still can't stand mayonnaise on chips!
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level 73
Mar 14, 2016
I agree : really better with mustard !
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level 20
Aug 14, 2019
Barbarian
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level 38
Dec 30, 2016
Then maybe you should try it on fries instead of "chips".
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level 64
Mar 14, 2016
Couldn't spell Leeuwenhoek to save my life x.X
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level 67
Mar 14, 2016
The word is dike (dijk in Dutch). The word dyke is a slur.
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level 63
Mar 14, 2016
This guy is correct. Dyke is a slang term for "lesbian".
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level 63
Mar 14, 2016
This guy is correct. Dyke is a slang term for "lesbian".
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level 38
Dec 14, 2018
^ I tried "Dijk" first, wouldn't accept it.
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level ∞
Aug 8, 2019
That will work now
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level ∞
Aug 8, 2019
Get your minds out of the gutter people. Just because a word has a slang connotation doesn't mean that you get to erase all previous meanings of the word. We don't need to change the spelling of a word because some hateful people invent another meaning for it.
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level 72
Aug 13, 2019
It's not about minds in the gutter. The generally correct spelling is dike. Dyke is the "chiefly British" spelling of dike. Google dyke or look up in an online dictionary/wikipedia and you will first be directed to dike, then told it's a usually offensive term for a lesbian. As a civil engineer who works on flood control projects in the US, it would NOT be acceptable for me to spell it dyke. I almost always agree with your reasoning, Quizmaster, but hard no from me on using the work dyke in any context.
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level 67
Mar 15, 2016
I THOUGHT SPEED SKATING WAS THEIR NATIONAL SPORT.
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level 51
Mar 15, 2016
More people play football than speed skating. But yes, speed skating is our national "winter sport" so to say..
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level 55
Mar 13, 2017
You could say that korfball is the national sport.
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level 31
Apr 8, 2016
"Voetbal" should be accepted for the national sport.
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level 55
Aug 2, 2016
Why? Football is accepted. Kind reminder that this is an English based website.
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level 29
Jun 13, 2016
dijk is the dutch word for dyke
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level 55
Mar 13, 2017
No, it's the other way around as the English word dyke comes from the Dutch word dijk.
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level 38
Mar 30, 2017
And, your point being? - No one but you discussed origin. All the previous entrant said was that Dijk is the Dutch word for Dyke, which is correct.
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level 70
Apr 6, 2017
Can NOT believe I remembered Leeuwenhoek!!! (though I did miss the "u") I must've learned about him in 8th grade, which is several decades in my rear view mirror. Okay, that made my night.
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level 38
Aug 15, 2017
Two corrections: It's Prince of Oranje-Nassauw and the island shared with France is Sint Maarten in Dutch.
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level ∞
Aug 8, 2019
Those aren't corrections. This quiz is in English.
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level 38
Nov 4, 2019
^ In that case translate van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Polder into English as well. Picking and choosing what to leave in the original language and what to translate into English is confusing.
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level 59
Oct 10, 2017
Oranje should be acceptable, it is the Dutch spelling of Orange
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level 79
Aug 6, 2018
Wait, are you telling me that all these years, I could have been calling them "klomps"? Such a missed opportunity!
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level 25
Aug 20, 2018
In Dutch it is Nassau without the -w-. The Dutch plural of "klomp" is "klompen" not "klomps".
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level 62
Dec 6, 2018
somehow I allways assumed we shared a border with luxembourg aswell. Since we have the drielandenpunt (three-countries-point) where... ahum ok while typing I see the flaw in my logic (I never consciously thought about it, that's the problem) I wanted to type the three countries but then thought hey if I type luxembour, belgium and germany, the netherlands isnt there haha. My original point was gonna be something like: " I guess we share a point with luxembourg,not a border" But we dont at all haha. Some things you just never have take a moment to think about. (like I dunno how many letters does the word municipality have... you probably don't know untill you count them. ) If I would ve lived in limburg (provence) I definitely would ve known
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level 38
Dec 14, 2018
^ Perhaps you thought that because of the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), tripartite of the 20th Century.
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level 66
Aug 14, 2019
Easy to assume from an outsider view. Similar flag (just a different shade of blue) and Luxembourg was actually a part of the Netherlands until 1879, much longer than Belgium (1830).
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level 66
Aug 14, 2019
Actually at one point the 'drielandenpunt' was a 'vierlandenpunt' (four corners point), as it was also touched by Neutral Moresnet which existed between 1816 and 1920.
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level 23
Jul 1, 2019
Can you accept Dijk voor Dyke because its the dutch translation
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level 59
Jul 23, 2019
Soccer is a poor translation.
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level ∞
Aug 8, 2019
Soccer is a term invented in England that is a shortening of "Association Football" to distinguish it from the many other forms of football that exist such as rugby, for example. It was widespread in usage throughout the English speaking world until in recent decades people in the UK stopped using it because it sounded "too American". Today, the term soccer is still preferred by most native English speakers, a large majority of whom live in the United States.
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level 61
Aug 13, 2019
How do you measure "most famous" for the beer? Most of the time I see that on this site, it's in a context in which there is no possible alternative to the right answer. In this case, I think Amstel is a viable answer. It is also a very popular beer, and I encountered it much more during my travels in Europe than I encountered Heineken. Ancedotal to be sure, but I think the question could be clarified. Either consider accepting Amstel, or re-word it, as the Heineken company brews both Amstel and Heineken brands.
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level 46
Aug 13, 2019
Heineken sells the biggest volume of beer.
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level 61
Aug 13, 2019
Then the question should just ask which is the best-selling brand of beer. The best-selling version of something is usually the most famous, but not always. Pink Floyd has sold more albums than the Rolling Stones have, but I suspect the Stones are more famous. It just seems like a needless and easily corrected ambiguity.
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level 66
Aug 13, 2019
pls accept Oranje for Orange
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level 33
Aug 16, 2019
Easy 100% as a Dutchman :D