The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country Western European country located along the North Sea between Belgium
. It was one of the first countries in the world to have a parliament.
Amsterdam is the capital city, while the Hague serves as the seat of government. Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, as big as the next the three largest combined and servers as sea access for a large part of central European trade.
The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, but within the continental territory Luxembourgish and Frisian are also recognized as co-official in certain provinces and municipalities. Yiddish and Romani are also recognized as non-territorial languages.
On the island of Bonaire
, the Portuguese-based creole Papiamento is also afforded official status.