I have a question.
May sound silly but, why is your country called Netherlands and sometimes Holland?
Not a silly question. Technically Holland isn't right, but I think it's just easier for most foreigners to say than the Netherlands and the term Holland might be more known from our past than the Netherlands. But technically Holland is only the west part, as can be seen on this picture:
That part of my country was by far the most powerful in the past compared to the rest. Especially during our Golden age in the 17th century, there were only 1 million people living in Holland, the west part, they had alot of wealth and power at that time. The rest of the Netherlands was all farmland mostly. Holland owned about 70% of the worlds fleet at some point, maybe even more. Very intelligent traders, invented the stock. They even originally founded New York, though it was called New Amsterdam before you english noobs stole it from us.
Even now Holland is where most people live, Amsterdam is there, Rotterdam, Den Haag. So yeah, we dutch say mostly just Nederland(Netherlands), but Holland is normal to say too. Over the years, Holland has become a common term to describe all of the Netherlands.
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