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Kingdom of the Netherlands
Koninkrijk der Nederlanden

Political Status: Constitutional monarchy established 1814; under multiparty parliamentary system.

Area: 13,103 sq. mi. (33,936 sq. km).

Population: 16,775,551 (2014E—UN); 16,877,351 (2014E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Centers (2013E): AMSTERDAM (799,000), Rotterdam (616,000), The Hague (seat of government, 506,000), Utrecht (322,000), Eindhoven (218,000).

Official Language: Dutch.

Monetary Unit: Euro (market rate October 1, 2014: 0.79 euro = $1US).

Sovereign: King WILLEM-ALEXANDER; ascended the throne April 30, 2013, upon the abdication of his mother, Queen BEATRIX Wilhelmina Armgard.

Heir Apparent: CATHARINA-AMALIA, Princess of Orange.

Prime Minister: Mark RUTTE (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy); sworn in as head of a two-party minority coalition on October 14, 2010, following the general election of June 9, succeeding Jan Peter BALKENENDE (Christian Democratic Appeal); sworn in as head of a two-party minority coalition on ...

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