Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of the Netherlands
Tulips and a windmill
The Netherlands is located on the North Sea in the northwest
corner of mainland Europe, a region commonly known as "Benelux,"
which is a combination of the names "Belgium,"
"Netherlands," and "Luxembourg."
The Netherlands is bordered by Belgium (south) and Germany
Geographically, the Netherlands is one of the world's
lowest lying countries as much of it is actually below sea level. The country would
be mostly under water if it weren't for the people's ability to "reclaim"
land. In these, and in other areas, the country is very flat with a large number
of rivers, creating a great agricultural environment.
Bridge in the winter
The Netherlands rarely experiences the cold, harsh winters
that neighboring Germany gets regularly, although winds
can make the country feel significantly cooler. Being on the water, the Netherlands
gets a warming effect during the winters and a cooling effect during the summers,
making the country relatively temperate.
Amsterdam averages 35° F (2° C) during the winter with lows many times sinking to
below freezing (32° F (0° C)) and daily highs only getting a bit warmer than the
average. Summers are much nicer as daily highs are at about 70° F (19° C), although
again these temperatures do drop to the mid-50s (12-13° C) at night. Variations
across the country are relatively minor due to the country's small size and
flat landscape. The winds and rain can make it feel significantly cooler quite quickly
as the country is generally cloudy and rain can arrive during any season.