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How big is Netherlands? USA’s opponent in World Cup Round of 16 is a European nation is no bigger than West Virginia

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USA and Netherlands kick off the 2022 World Cup Round of 16 action in Al Rayyan as Gregg Berhalter’s side look for an edge over the Dutch.

The US — having never faced Netherlands — recorded their first-ever win over La Oranje in 2015, and they tower over their European opponents in any geographical battle.

The USA are the most populated nation at Qatar 2022, with an estimated population of 330 million, ahead of Brazil with 215 million.

However, they are also the largest physical nation left in the tournament, following Canada’s exit, and they dwarf the Netherlands in terms of country size.

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How big is Netherlands?

Netherlands is estimated to be 41,543km² in total size, with 451km of coastline facing towards the North Sea, as the 22nd smallest country in Europe and the 135th in global rankings.

It is one of the lowest lying nations in Europe, in terms of sea level, with the majority of the country covered by flatlands, with higher ground emerging close to the borders with Belgium and Germany.

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The big question US fans will be asking ahead of the game, is how does it compare to the 50 United States?

Netherlands falls in between West Virginia (62,756km²) and Maryland (32,131km²) with the latter one of 11 states smaller than the central European state.

What is the Netherlands population?

Per data from the end of 2021, the population of the Netherlands is estimated to be 17.53m, with projected growth tipped to reach 17.7m by 2023, as part of an average rise of 1.5m people per decade since 1960.

After spending centuries divided by religion and local borders, the Netherlands developed into its current structure between 1890 and 1900.

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The 20th Century saw major changes in Dutch society, as attitudes followed other European nations in becoming more liberal, as part of requirements following their incorporation into the European Union in 1993.

According to research from the World Happiness Report 2022, Netherlands is the fifth happiest country in the world, behind Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

What languages are spoken in Netherlands?

Unsurprising, the official language in Netherlands is Dutch, with an estimated 98% of the country speaking it as their first language.

Within the over arching main language, there are also many dialects spoken in different regions of the country, with West Frisian/Frisian the most popular.

It is spoken in the northern tip of Netherlands, in the province of Friesland, with other dialects Papiamento, Limburgish and Dutch Low Saxon, and many central and northern areas also speaking English and French as secondary languages.

What is Netherlands known for?

Netherlands evokes images of windmills and tulips when visitors are asked to describe the country, but it also has a rich history of food, art and culture.

Capital city Amsterdam is a hub for tourists and locals to enjoy local cheese, stroopwafels and beer with multiple art galleries dedicated to one of their most famous former citizens, Vincent van Gogh.

Outside of the buzz of cycling around Amsterdam, other cities have become increasingly popular, with the industrial charm of Rotterdam and Utrecht emerging as new must-see destinations.

With easy access for visitors looking to travel across Europe, Netherlands is also perfectly placed to link with countries across the continent, including France, Germany, Belgium and Denmark.


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