Also known informally as Holland, the Netherlands – which translates as ‘lower lands’ – has a truly remarkable landscape. More than half the country is below sea level, and much of it has been reclaimed from the sea. Drainage ditches and canals are a common sight in the Netherlands and as you might expect, it is incredibly flat. The North Sea winds rush in from the west and churns the turbines of the windmills that are dotted across the landscape.
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