“The Netherlands” literally means “low countries” and that is a very appropriate name: more than a quarter of the land lies below sea level. Read further If you are interested in more Facts & Figures.
The area we now know as the Netherlands has been inhabited since prehistoric times. You can read more about the history of Holland at our site.
The openness and tolerance for which the Dutch are famous go back a long way. If you make an effort to fit in, then you will find the Dutch society and culture very welcoming.
Netherlands realizes that outstanding higher education is vital to a successful modern economy, and so has made it a key policy priority. Schools like HU are in the vanguard of this knowledge Economy.