Administrative divisions of the Netherlands

Administrative divisions of the Netherlands

This animation presents the provinces and provincial capitals of the Netherlands.

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The Netherlands

With its total area of 41,500 square kilometres, the Netherlands is one of the smaller countries in Europe. However, it ranks in the top one-third among European countries in terms of population with 17 million inhabitants. It also has a relatively high population density, about 500 people per square kilometre, making it a densely populated country.

The Netherlands, a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, is one of the most democratic and decentralised countries in the world.

Provinces

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is one of the twelve European monarchies. The Kingdom also includes overseas territories located in the Caribbean Sea ('Caribbean Netherlands').

The administrative system of the Netherlands is divided into four levels: the central government, the provinces, the municipalities and the water districts. The chief executive body is the central government which comprises the prime minister and the Council of Ministers.

The Netherlands consists of 12 provinces, each led by a King's Commissioner. The provinces have their own parliaments, although these only have limited legislative powers.

The nearly 400 municipalities are the third tier of public administration and are led by municipal councils and mayors. The municipalities are independent to some extent in making their own political decisions and they are responsible for performing numerous public services.

The Netherlands is also divided into 21 water districts, each governed by a water board. Water boards are responsible for overseeing and managing waters. The first ones were established in the 12th century and they are among the oldest forms of democratic institutions in the world.

Provincial capitals

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is one of the twelve European monarchies. The Kingdom also includes overseas territories located in the Caribbean Sea ('Caribbean Netherlands').

The administrative system of the Netherlands is divided into four levels: the central government, the provinces, the municipalities and the water districts. The chief executive body is the central government which comprises the prime minister and the Council of Ministers.

The Netherlands consists of 12 provinces, each led by a King's Commissioner. The provinces have their own parliaments, although these only have limited legislative powers.

The nearly 400 municipalities are the third tier of public administration and are led by municipal councils and mayors. The municipalities are independent to some extent in making their own political decisions and they are responsible for performing numerous public services.

The Netherlands is also divided into 21 water districts, each governed by a water board. Water boards are responsible for overseeing and managing waters. The first ones were established in the 12th century and they are among the oldest forms of democratic institutions in the world.

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Important cities

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is one of the twelve European monarchies. The Kingdom also includes overseas territories located in the Caribbean Sea ('Caribbean Netherlands').

The administrative system of the Netherlands is divided into four levels: the central government, the provinces, the municipalities and the water districts. The chief executive body is the central government which comprises the prime minister and the Council of Ministers.

The Netherlands consists of 12 provinces, each led by a King's Commissioner. The provinces have their own parliaments, although these only have limited legislative powers.

The nearly 400 municipalities are the third tier of public administration and are led by municipal councils and mayors. The municipalities are independent to some extent in making their own political decisions and they are responsible for performing numerous public services.

The Netherlands is also divided into 21 water districts, each governed by a water board. Water boards are responsible for overseeing and managing waters. The first ones were established in the 12th century and they are among the oldest forms of democratic institutions in the world.

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