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The Hollands (Netherland) is a unique country with about 30% of its land reclaimed from the sea. Pumps and old windmills work around the clock to keep the country from being overrun by the North Sea. Part of the charm of the Netherlands, of course are its polders - the long vast, flat stretches of land that serve agriculture well including the thousands of fields of colorful tulips, daffodils and bulb flowers witnessed every spring. Amsterdam's canals, museums and trams provide pleasant surroundings for the visitor and invite the visitor to explore the rest of the country.

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Holland / Netherlands

The Kingdom of the Holland was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Holland remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Holland / Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in 1999.

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Events & Festivals

London events highlights: Japanese crafts, ‘Pop Art’ and gardening all feature in London’s cultural events calendar this summer and beyond.

Royal wedding dress at Buckingham Palace: A special exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer will recreate the day in 1947 when Princess Elizabeth - now Queen Elizabeth II - married the Duke of Edinburgh in a glittering ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey.

Attractions

Shrewsbury recreates its summer season: Performances by Jools Holland, George Melly and Beverly Knight are among the 370 cultural and artistic events over 100 days at the 'Shrewsbury Summer Season' this year (May 19-Sept. 9).

Scotland’s oldest house marks 900 years: The longest continually inhabited house in Scotland is 900 years old. Once a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland (it hosted 27 monarchs over the years), the Stuarts of Traquair House supported Mary, Queen of Scots and the doomed Jacobite cause.

News

Ceramics Festival in The Potteries: Designers, studio potters, experts and collectors will be making their way to The Potteries this autumn for the Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Festival 2007 (Oct.5-7).

Macdonald Hotels transforms Cheshire golf venue: Three championship golf courses and the largest indoor golf academy in Europe at The Portal Golf Club venue are to be part of the new four star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa in Cheshire when it opens in July.