In recent days, the news has been around the world and aroused astonishment. The Dutch government is demanding that the country be called the Netherlands and no longer Holland, as is often the case. The opportunity to recall the difference between the two terms
Dutch media had already announced it last October. The Foreign Ministry wants to end the misuse of the term “Holland”. The government has therefore decided to change the official logo of the Netherlands, which is used to promote the country’s tourism abroad.
The English word “Holland” has thus been replaced by “The Netherlands” [Pays-Bas]. Cost of the operation: 200,000 euros. From 1st January, embassies and universities will therefore be forced to abandon the first term, which actually only refers to part of the country.
The Dutch version of the free newspaper Subway reports the surprise caused abroad by this decision and which the international press has echoed in recent days.
In Spain but also in several parts of America and Australia, there is much talk of the Netherlands which will no longer be called “Holland” from 1st January. [Les médias de ces pays] now explain the difference between the Netherlands and Holland. ”
The Netherlands is made up of twelve provinces
Holland is made up of only two provinces: South Holland and North Holland where there are big cities like the capital Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. The ten other provinces of the Netherlands are therefore not in Holland. For example, the country’s fourth largest city, Utrecht, is located in the province of Utrecht and therefore cannot be considered Dutch.
According to private television RTL Nieuws, with this reminder, the government hopes to promote tourism in the rest of the country, often forgotten in favor of the provinces of North Holland and South. But the problem would also come from the Dutch themselves. To simplify, when they are abroad, underlines the newspaper De Volkskrant, many Dutch people present themselves as “Dutch” from “Holland”.