Belgium and the Netherlands

Belgium and the Netherlands

The Belgian state arose in 1830 following the revolt of the southern provinces, mostly Catholic, of the ephemeral unitary kingdom of the Netherlands, which broke out just over a month after the Parisian July Revolution. That kingdom had been created in 1815 and entrusted to William I of Orange-Nassau, son of the last state-holder of […]

Amsterdam, Netherlands City Overview

Amsterdam, Netherlands City Overview

Amsterdam (from the Dutch Amsterdam, [ɑmstər’dɑm]) is the official capital of the Netherlands. The city is situated between the IJ Bay to the north and the banks of the Amstel River to the southeast. It was founded in the 12th century as a small fishing village. However, today it is the largest city in the country, and a great financial and […]