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International Students

The Netherlands

Utrecht University is situated in the city Utrecht. Utrecht is a lively city in the geographical centre of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is one of the world's smaller countries, with 16.3 million inhabitants and an area of 41,500 square kilometres. Even so, it is the sixth largest exporter and investor in the world. This is partly a result of its central location within Western Europe.


Official name: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, also known as Holland.

Form of government: Constitutional monarchy.

Capital city: Amsterdam.

Seat of government: The Hague.

Surface area: 41,500 km2, of which 33,800 km2 is land; 26% of the land is below sea level.

No. of inhabitants: 16.3 million (485 people per km2 of land).

Currency: euro.

Languages: Dutch and Frisian.

Religion: Originally Protestantism (21%) and Catholicism (30%); Islam is gaining popularity (6%), particularly due to immigration.


(2007 figures, source: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – The figures on religion are from 2004).

Further reading

- Website of Nuffic (Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education) about living in Holland:
- Book written by Utrecht University professors: Discovering the Dutch. On Culture and Society of the Netherlands. Edited by Emmeline Besamusca and Jaap Verheul.
- is the leading provider of quality English-language news about the Netherlands - from business to sport, from show biz to politics.

Gateway to Europe

Utrecht is an excellent base should you wish to visit other European countries whilst you are studying with us. There are excellent transport links to all major European cities. Schiphol Airport has flights to and from all over the world and is just a 45 minute journey by car or train away from Utrecht. Utrecht is the hub of the railway network in the Netherlands.


Position your mouse on one of the cities on the map below and see how far away it is.

Map of Europe