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Comparing the Netherlands to Finland

What are the similarities and differences comparing the Netherlands to Finland?

“Both Finland and the Netherlands are all from European countries. However, Finland is about 8 times bigger than the Netherlands but with just 5.5 million people, whereas, the population of the Netherlands is approximately 17.1 million. The Netherlands is a very flat country with almost 25% of its land at, or below sea level and protected by dikes. Unlike Finland, mostly flat land but with more than 70% of it covered by thick forest, countless clear water lakes, innumerable islands (archipelago), rivers and streams as well.

Both of the countries often are ranked as the best and the happiest places to live in. In this year’s World Happiness Report the Netherlands was ranked the 5th happiest country on Earth and Finland was again crowned the best nation to live in.

Salted liquorice, or “salmiakki”, is the most popular and amazing candy in Finland and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Likewise, Dutch people love this candy or “drop” so so much that they eat on average 2 kg per person, per year. That is more than any other country in the world!

It is funny that on top 10th coffee consuming nations in the world – based on per capita consumption, the Dutch ranked the 5th for consuming 8.4 kg of coffee. Nevertheless, congratulations again for the Finns as they outstandingly ranked no.1 for drinking an average of 12 kg per capita.

Finland persistently stands at high prestigious rankings of worldwide educational systems. One of the most basic and well-recognized educational priorities that Finnish educators have done best is Equality.

Like in Finland, the education system in the Netherlands stays focus on teamwork, create an ideal environment to make friends, and develop student’s international orientation as well.”

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