Wait, aren’t Holland and the Netherlands the same country? No! It’s time to explain to you the difference between Holland, The Netherlands (and a whole lot more).

Holland vs The Netherlands

The correct name of the country is the Netherlands. But confusion is understandable – the general region has been named a lot over a thousand years. Including The Dutch Republic, The United States of Belgium, and The Kingdom of Holland.

The 12 Dutch provinces

But it is not just history that makes this country’s name confusing. That is, the Netherlands is divided into twelve provinces: 

  • Groningen
  • Drenthe
  • Overijssel
  • Gelderland
  • Limburg
  • North Brabant
  • Zeeland (Which by the way is the Zeeland that makes new Zealand new)
  • Friesland
  • Flevoland
  • Utrecht

And here is the confusion:

  • North Holland
  • South Holland

These two provinces together are the reason people call the Netherlands ‘Holland’. The two Hollands are the most populated provinces and have some of the biggest attractions. For instance, Amsterdam and Keukenhof. Changes are: If it’s Dutch and you’ve heard of it, it is probably in one of the Hollands.

Maybe you’re questioning now why this website is called Holland Reviewed. Because it sounds friendlier and it is what people are actually searching for #sorrynotsorry.

Source: Google Maps

Dutch or Deutch?

Confusion continues because people who live in Holland are called Hollanders, but all citizens of the Netherlands are called Dutch (as is their language). However, in Dutch they say: ‘Nederlanders spreken Nederlands in Nederland’ (Dutch speak Dutch in The Netherlands).

Meanwhile, in Germany they say ‘Deutsche Sprechen Deutsch in Deutschland’ (Germans speak German in Germany). This linguistic confusion is why people often mistake Dutch people for Germans and Germans for the Dutch.

To sum up: The country is called the Netherlands its people are Dutch and they speak Dutch. There is no country called Holland, but there are provinces North and South Holland!

The difference between Holland and the Netherlands
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