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|Date of Independence:|
|30 January 1648|
|Total Area Ranking:|
|134 of 236 in the World|
|Population Size Ranking:|
|61 of 242 in the World|
The Netherlands is located on the western edge of the North European Plain, at the delta of five major rivers. Forty per cent of the country is below sea level and another third is less than 1 m (3 ft) above sea level. The coastal area is protected by a network of dunes, dikes and canals to prevent flooding. The total land area is 33,920 sq km (13,097 sq miles).
The country is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south and Germany to the east. The population of 15.7 million (2000 figure) is 96% Dutch, with 1% Moroccan, 1% Turkish and 2% other ethnic groups. Approximately one third of the population is Roman Catholic, one third Protestant and one third other faiths. The capital city is Amsterdam, but the government operates from The Hague (‘s-Gravenhage).
Netherlands East Indies:
The Republic of Indonesia was formerly a Dutch colony. It gained formal independence in 1949, although some territories where handed over later. Historical details can be found on wikipedia.
The Netherlands Antilles comprise two groups of islands in the Caribbean Sea, including Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba. For more information, see wikipedia.
Suriname in South America was a Dutch colony until independence in 1975.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in the Netherlands.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Civil aircraft in the Netherlands and NEI used the registration sequence H-NAAA onwards 1919-1929. From 1929 the sequence PH-AAA onwards was used at home, PJ-AAA onwards in the Netherlands Antilles and PK-AAA onwards in the NEI. Gliders registrations use numbers instead of letters.
Military Air Arms
Historical military air arms-
Army Aviation (Luchtvaart Afdeling – LVA) [1914-1940]
NEI Aviation (Aviation Department of the Dutch East Indies Army – ML-KNIL) [1914-1941]
Central Government Agencies
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation (ANWB Medical Air Assistance)
Police Aviation (Politie)
To be added
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Magazines Guide for the Netherlands
Netherlands Aviation Bibliography – to be added