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European Netherlands


The European Netherlands[1] (Dutch: Europees Nederland) or the European part of the Netherlands[2] refers to the part of the country of the Netherlands that is located in Europe. The term is used to distinguish the European part from the Caribbean Netherlands (the islands of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius) which, after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010, also form part of the Netherlands.

The distinction is used for geographic reasons, but also because the Caribbean Netherlands have a related but separate system of law. However, the European Netherlands constitutes the vast majority (by land area and population) of the country (and the Kingdom of the Netherlands), and has historically been the area being referred to as the Netherlands. Still today, 'the Netherlands' in common parlance often implicitly refers to the European part of the Netherlands.

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