Comparing United States to Netherlands

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MAKE 18% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Netherlands  NETHERLANDS ($43,300.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Netherlands, that number is $43,300.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Netherlands GDP

LIVE 1.6 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Netherlands  NETHERLANDS (81.12 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Netherlands, the average life expectancy is 81.12.
Category: United States vs. Netherlands life expectancy

CONSUME 43.2% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Netherlands  NETHERLANDS (6,921 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Netherlands, it is 6,921 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Netherlands electricity consumption

BE 66.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Netherlands  NETHERLANDS (0.2% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Netherlands, that number is 0.2%.
Category: United States vs. Netherlands AIDS percentage

BE 40.7% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Netherlands  NETHERLANDS (3.66 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Netherlands, on the other hand, there are a total of 3.66 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Netherlands infant mortality

BE 13.7% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Netherlands  NETHERLANDS (8.3% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Netherlands 8.3% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Netherlands unemployment rate

HAVE 19.3% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Netherlands  NETHERLANDS (10.83 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Netherlands, however, there are a total of 10.83 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Netherlands birth rate

BE 39.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Netherlands  NETHERLANDS (9.1% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Netherlands, 9.1% are.
Category: United States vs. Netherlands poverty

SEE A 97.7% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Netherlands  NETHERLANDS (451km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Netherlands has a total of 451 km.
Category: United States vs. Netherlands coastline

At a Glance: Netherlands

  • Land Area: ~42 thousand sq km (United States is ~237 times bigger than Netherlands)
  • Population: ~17 million people (302 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Netherlands, "Cheers!" = "Proost!"

How big is Netherlands compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Netherlands (41,543 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Netherlands

Tipping:
  • Generally a service charge is included
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO NOT tap the center of your forehead using your index finger (this signifies "crazy")
  • DO make an effort to stand when being introduced to someone
  • DO give flowers in odd numbers
Table Manners:
  • "Go Dutch" by splitting the bill!
  • Keep your elbows off the table
Greetings:
  • Introduce the oldest first
  • It is normal to receive a kiss on the cheek to say "goodbye"
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A brief history of Netherlands

Netherlands is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 41,543 sq km. 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. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).