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Netherlands Flag

Shop for authentic Netherlands Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Netherlands flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Netherlands flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the Netherlands National Anthem, historical information about the Netherlands flag, and demographic data about Netherlands

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History of the Netherlands Flag

The Netherlands flag features three horizontal bands in the colors of red, white, and blue. It is practically the same as the Luxembourg flag except it is slightly shorter and the blue is a darker shade. The official colors of the flag are known as bright vermilion, silver, and cobalt blue. The Netherlands flag was first introduced in 1572 and the colors were originally orange, white, and blue and were based on the heraldic colors of Prince William of Orange and were the same colors used on the Coat of Arms. The orange color was replaced due to the fact that the orange dye on the flag kept turning red in the sun. William of Orange was a very important figure in the Netherlands and was a Dutch ruler who led the battle against Spain for independence in 1568. The Netherlands flag was officially adopted on February 19th, 1937 even though it had been introduced a lot earlier and is thought to be the oldest tricolor flag in the world.

The Netherlands (formerly known as Holland) is a country in Europe that shares borders with Germany, Belgium, and the North Sea. Netherlands translates as "Lower countries" and it is a country with such low lands that the sea did used to cover a lot of the country. The lowest point of the country is "Zuidplaspolder" which lies 7m below sea level and only 50% of the country today is above sea level. The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam.

The Netherlands became part of Spain in 1477 and in 1568, due to religious reasons, the Dutch began a war against the Spanish. The majority of the Dutch were protestants and the King of Spain did not approve of this, wanting the population to be Roman Catholic and demanded that all the protestants had to be executed. This war lasted until 1648, when the Dutch and Spanish declared peace, and it is known as the "Eighty Years War." Following the Eighty Years War, the Dutch were allowed to keep the areas that they had conquered and when it gained its independence and became a republic in the 17th Century, it was considered one of the richest countries in the world and was referred to in the Netherlands as the "Golden Age." In 1795, the French attacked and occupied the Netherlands. In 1806, the French emperor Napoleon declared his brother Louis Bonaparte to be King of the Netherlands but was not satisfied with this and eventually made the Netherlands a part of France in 1810. In 1815, following Napoleon’s defeat, the Netherlands, once again, became independent.

The Netherlands remained a very stable country after their independence and they did not fight in WWI, they chose to remain neutral. In 1940, during WWII however, the Germans invaded and occupied the Netherlands and set up the concentration camps. Approximately 250,000 people died during the five years that the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, including a little Jewish girl from the Netherlands called Anne Frank who kept a diary of her tragic experiences while herself and her family were in hiding that became very famous following her death. In 1944, the Americans, Canadians, and Polish managed to free the Netherlands from the Nazi rule, once again making it an independent state.

Geographic Coordinates
52 30 N, 5 45 E
Area
41,543 sq km
Population
16,783,092
Life Expectancy
79.55 years
Government Type
Constitutional monarchy
Capital
Amsterdam
GDP
$654.9 billion (2009 est.)
Unemployment
4.9% (2009 est.)
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Calling Code
+31
Internet TLD
.nl

Netherlands National Anthem

The William (Het Wilhelmus)

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Lyrics

William of Nassau, scion
Of a Dutch and ancient line,
I dedicate undying
Faith to this land of mine.
A prince am I undaunted,
Of Orange, ever free,
To the king of Spain I've granted
A lifelong loyalty.

I've ever tried to live in
The fear of God's command
And therefore I've been driven,
From people, home, and land,
But God, I trust, will rate me
His willing instrument
And one day reinstate me
Into my government.

Let no despair betray you,
My subjects true and good.
The Lord will surely stay you
Though now you are pursued.
He who would live devoutly
Must pray God day and night
To throw His power about me
As champion of your right.

Life and my all for others
I sacrificed, for you!
And my illustrious brothers
Proved their devotion too.
Count Adolf, more's the pity,
Fell in the Frisian fray,
And in the eternal city
Awaits the judgement day.

I, nobly born, descended
From an imperial stock.
An empire's prince, defended
(Braving the battle's shock
Heroically and fearless
As pious Christian ought)
With my life's blood the peerless
Gospel of God our Lord.

A shield and my reliance,
O God, Thou ever wert.
I'll trust unto Thy guidance.
O leave me not ungirt.
That I may stay a pious
Servant of Thine for aye
And drive the plagues that try us
And tyranny away.

My God, I pray thee, save me
From all who do pursue
And threaten to enslave me,
Thy trusted servant true.
O Father, do not sanction
Their wicked, foul design,
Don't let them wash their hands in
This guiltless blood of mine.

O David, thou soughtest shelter
From King Saul's tyranny.
Even so I fled this welter
And many a lord with me.
But God the Lord did save him
From exile and its hell
And, in His mercy, gave him
A realm in Israel.

Fear not 't will rain sans ceasing
The clouds are bound to part.
I bide that sight so pleasing
Unto my princely heart,
Which is that I with honor
Encounter death in war,
And meet in heaven my Donor,
His faithful warrior.

Nothing so moves my pity
As seeing through these lands,
Field, village, town and city
Pillaged by roving hands.
O that the Spaniards rape thee,
My Netherlands so sweet,
The thought of that does grip me
Causing my heart to bleed.

Astride on steed of mettle
I've waited with my host
The tyrant's call to battle,
Who durst not do his boast.
For, near Maastricht ensconced,
He feared the force I wield.
My horsemen saw one bounce it
Bravely across the field.

Surely, if God had willed it,
When that fierce tempest blew,
My power would have stilled it,
Or turned its blast from you
But He who dwells in heaven,
Whence all our blessings flow,
For which aye praise be given,
Did not desire it so.

Steadfast my heart remaineth
In my adversity
My princely courage straineth
All nerves to live and be.
I've prayed the Lord my Master
With fervid heart and tense
To save me from disaster
And prove my innocence.

Alas! my flock. To sever
Is hard on us. Farewell.
Your Shepherd wakes, wherever
Dispersed you may dwell,
Pray God that He may ease you.
His Gospel be your cure.
Walk in the steps of Jesus
This life will not endure.

Unto the Lord His power
I do confession make
That ne'er at any hour
Ill of the King I spake.
But unto God, the greatest
Of Majesties I owe
Obedience first and latest,
For Justice wills it so.