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
Dike
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
Hint
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 88
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 87
May 22, 2013
The Netherlands also borders France… if you want to get technical.
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Level 65
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 36
Sep 12, 2020
the netherlands can also mean the kingdom of the netherlands
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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 62
Mar 14, 2016
:-)
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Level 32
Nov 5, 2013
The term Indië was also popularly used for the former Indonesia
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Level 61
Jul 24, 2020
Not in English.
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Level 63
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 74
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 72
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 65
Feb 25, 2020
We have Amstel and (Amstel Light) in the US.
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Level 37
Mar 17, 2020
Amstel is also very popular on the Caribbean islands!
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Level 61
Jul 24, 2020
Oh, I didn't realise I had never heard of it. I was under the impression that I had.
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Level 45
Apr 15, 2020
Amstel is known, but nowhere near as iconic as Heineken on a global scale.
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Level 56
Jul 26, 2020
'Iconic' meaning well-known for its bad taste ;) - A Belgian
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Level 64
Sep 8, 2020
Heineken is great for when you want to pay extra but still taste like you're drinking swill.
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Level 57
Aug 14, 2014
I thought that the national sport of netherlands was ice skating.
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Level 20
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 37
Jan 18, 2020
I typed “Fierljeppen”
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Level 49
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 75
Aug 13, 2019
And wasn't Belgium the Spanish Netherlands at one point?
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Level 68
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 53
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 63
Mar 14, 2016
Couldn't spell Leeuwenhoek to save my life x.X
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Level 70
Mar 15, 2016
I THOUGHT SPEED SKATING WAS THEIR NATIONAL SPORT.
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Level 50
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 58
Mar 13, 2017
You could say that korfball is the national sport.
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Level 32
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 78
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 37
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 37
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 70
Apr 15, 2020
All these words/names are 'translated'. They just happen to be the same.
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Level 45
Apr 15, 2020
Nassau is spelled without W. If you're going to be pedantic, at least be correct...
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Level 60
Sep 8, 2020
Not to mention that in Dutch it's "Prins van Oranje" (or, currently, Prinses van Oranje).
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Level 60
Oct 10, 2017
Oranje should be acceptable, it is the Dutch spelling of Orange
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Level 81
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 54
Dec 29, 2019
plural would be klompen in dutch
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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 67
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 37
Dec 14, 2018
^ Perhaps you thought that because of the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), tripartite of the 20th Century.
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Level 70
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 68
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 65
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 56
Aug 13, 2019
Heineken sells the biggest volume of beer.
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Level 65
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 45
Apr 15, 2020
Heineken is googled 3x as frequently as Amstel. By any realistic metric, Heineken is most famous, including ownership of Amstel.
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Level 66
Aug 13, 2019
pls accept Oranje for Orange
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Level 46
Aug 16, 2019
Easy 100% as a Dutchman :D
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Level 62
Feb 29, 2020
I only got Leeuwenhoek from a Magic School Bus book :P
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Level 48
Mar 17, 2020
I tried Fritessaus, Frietsaus, Joppiesaus, Fry sauce, Frenchfry sauce, potatsaus, potato sauce, french fried potato sauce, and then, out of desperation, tried mayo.
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Level 37
Mar 17, 2020
I learned to prefer Mayonnaise on my fries because of my Mom, who drowned her fries in it. My brother and sister preferred ketchup and my Dad wouldn't eat fries at all! Whatever he ate had to include a bowl of rice! Dysfunctional family?
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Level 58
Apr 15, 2020
why would you put mayonnaise on french fries
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Level 54
Apr 15, 2020
What else would you put on it? That sweet weird tomato sauce called ketchup?
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Level 83
Sep 8, 2020
Uh... yes.
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Level 82
Sep 8, 2020
Ketchup and mayo go quite well together as a dip for fries. I also like using ranch and honey mustard, although not mixed together.
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Level 66
Jul 11, 2020
In Britain white vinegar is a very popular topping for chips.
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Level 61
Jul 24, 2020
No it isn't. Malt vinegar is.
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Level 73
Sep 8, 2020
We put both mayo and ketchup on our fries where I come from.
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Level 23
Jun 14, 2020
nice quiz, didn't know them all, I should know them because I live in the Netherlands
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Level 66
Jul 11, 2020
I only got the scientist's name because I learned it in Biology!
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Level 80
Sep 8, 2020
Antoine... any relation to Ren Hoek?
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Level 63
Sep 8, 2020
"Most popular french fry topping"? Really? That's a question we're supposed to know? I don't mean to sound harsh but I like your quizzes a lot and this sort of question is silly.
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Level 80
Sep 8, 2020
I knew it. I still remember the first time I ever saw someone put mayonnaise on a french fry. It was at a little falafel stand near the train station in downtown Amsterdam. But I don't think I realized what it was, such a foreign concept it was, until I saw people doing it again later at a McDonald's.
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Level 73
Sep 8, 2020
It's a rather famous fact, mentioned in Pulp Fiction and known by 62% of users who took the quiz.
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Level 53
Sep 8, 2020
It is so common that fries with mayo is simply called: patatje met (fries with).
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Level 48
Sep 8, 2020
Day 69: Nice
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Level 51
Sep 9, 2020
24/24 as a Dutchman
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Level 60
Sep 20, 2020
It just irks me a little to see European and other First World countries getting such silly country quizzes ("Wooden shoe", "Most popular french fry topping"). Why can't we just have a normal country quiz for every country, regardless of its location or reputation? Sure, the First World countries would be easy then, but where does it say a quiz has to be hard? Why can't we see normal geographic questions in these quizzes?