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Location:  Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany
Geographic Coordinates:   52 30 N, 5 45 E
Area:   41,543 sq km (land: 33,893 sq km water: 7,650 sq km)
Climate:  Temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters
Languages:  Spanish (official), Nahua (among some Amerindians)
Population:  16,877,351 (July 2014 est.)
Capital:  Amsterdam
Religion:  Roman Catholic 28%, Protestant 19% (includes Dutch Reformed 9%, Protestant Church of The Netherlands, 7%, Calvinist 3%), other 11% (includes about 5% Muslim and lesser numbers of Hindu, Buddhist, Jehovah's Witness, and Orthodox), none 42% (2009 est.)
Ethnic Groups:  Dutch 80.7%, EU 5%, Indonesian 2.4%, Turkish 2.2%, Surinamese 2%, Moroccan 2%, Caribbean 0.8%, other 4.8% (2008 est.)
Independence:  23 January 1579 (the northern provinces of the Low Countries conclude the Union of Utrecht breaking with Spain)

Source:  CIA Factbook