Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Jun 2011 19:29 UTC
Internet & Networking I've been keeping you up to date about the situation around net neutrality in The Netherlands - and today, everything finally came to its logical conclusion. During a debate in our lower house, most of the kinks were ironed out, and our minister of economic affairs, Maxime Verhagen, will now turn net neutrality into law. This means that after Chile, The Netherlands will be the second country in the world to do so.
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RE: Netherwhat?
by MOS6510 on Thu 9th Jun 2011 06:52 UTC in reply to "Netherwhat?"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

The Dutch word for "The Netherlands" is Nederland (not plural). Holland is a name for two provinces: North-Holland and South-Holland. In these 2 provinces most stuff is located. Business, industry, people, capital, government, etc...

So if you refer to The Netherlands as Holland the people not living in either of the mentioned provinces can become annoyed.

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RE[2]: Netherwhat?
by raboof on Thu 9th Jun 2011 07:24 in reply to "RE: Netherwhat?"
raboof Member since:
2005-07-24

So if you refer to The Netherlands as Holland the people not living in either of the mentioned provinces can become annoyed.

This was probably true in Ye Olde Days, but nowadays not so much afaik - I've lived in Brabant, Gelderland and Overijssel and never minded 'Holland' much, especially in the football/soccer season ;) .

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RE[3]: Netherwhat?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 9th Jun 2011 07:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Netherwhat?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

"So if you refer to The Netherlands as Holland the people not living in either of the mentioned provinces can become annoyed.

This was probably true in Ye Olde Days, but nowadays not so much afaik - I've lived in Brabant, Gelderland and Overijssel and never minded 'Holland' much, especially in the football/soccer season ;) .
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Let me put it this way: as a Hollander with 50% Frisian blood, I don't like being called a Limburger or Brabander, even though you guys are awesome (try going out and bump into someone in both Alkmaar and Eindhoven - in ALkmaar you'll be lucky not to start a bar fight, while in Eindhoven the person you bump into will buy you a beer ;) .)

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RE[3]: Netherwhat?
by MOS6510 on Thu 9th Jun 2011 08:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Netherwhat?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I recall some people didn't like the show "Ik hou van Holland" because of the Nederland/Holland thing.

Personally I prefer "Nederland" as I don't like the sound of "Holland" and because the latter is incorrect when referring to the entire country.

Also I guess "The Netherlands" is plural because it is derived from our official country name "Kingdom of The Netherlands" (Koninkrijk der Nederlanden). Which I guess includes those overseas islands and in the old days included Belgium and Luxembourg.

I'm still in favor of declaring war on those two countries and reclaim them.

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