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One-third of the Netherlands is under sea level

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“The Netherlands” translates to “the lowlands” and there’s no secret how the country got its name! It is the most low-lying country in Europe, with almost one-third of it below sea level.

Zuidplaspolder is the lowest point, at 6.7 meters below sea level, while the highest point is Vaalserberg hill, at 323 meters above sea level. 

A further 50% of land in the Netherlands is only one meter above sea level and 60% of the population lives five meters below sea level.

Even Schiphol Airport, the country’s main international airport, is over three meters below sea level. Thankfully, the Neth

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