The Netherlands is a land of beauty, grace, and many things to be proud of. It has a diverse culture, and a rich history, dating back to the Middle Ages. The Netherlands is one of the richest countries on Earth. It also has one of the lowest rates of crime — it’s No. 4 behind the U.K. and a full five points below France.
The Netherlands has a population of nearly 17 million. Some 3.4 million of them live just outside Amsterdam, the world’s 17th-most-populous city.
A few decades ago, the Netherlands seemed doomed as a developed country, a reflection of how it lagged behind its industrial peers. Nowadays, it’s one of Europe’s few rising economies, thanks in large part to rising exports of food and beverages.
Here’s a look at the key statistics that show how the world’s wealthiest country is one of Europe’s best places to live.
The Dutch have a big appetite for beer.
According to the Bank for International Settlements, the Netherlands ranks No. 9 in the world in per capita alcohol consumption. That’s an improvement from a decade ago, when beer consumption stood at 1.3 gallons per person. Germany and Belgium top the list — both have consumption levels higher than that of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands’ beer drinkers tend to be older, better educated, and have a higher average income. The share of beer-drinking individuals in the country is slightly lower than the U.S. (59% versus 70%). The number-three country, Denmark, has an annual per capita beer consumption rate of 5.76 gallons.
Beer consumption in the Netherlands peaked in 1987, when the total annual consumption was 9.3 million barrels, according to the OECD. By 2008, per capita consumption had dropped to 6.9 million barrels.
There’s just one big problem with drinking beer here: Beer in the Netherlands requires two glasses to quench your thirst. But maybe that’s not really a problem we need to complain about. The Netherlands is well known for its legalization of marijuana; however, they have been back and forth on this subject matter for over a hundred years now. Who knows if it will stay, one thing we do know is that the Netherlands has it all, the people, the day and night life as well as their incredible generosity and acceptance to all to outsiders? So, if you are looking for a new place to live, or simply a nice place to visit, then why not check out what the Netherlands has to offer.