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The Netherlands


By Samantha Havener

Table of Contents:


Weather and Floods.........................Page 3 

Houses........................................Page 4

Holidays.........................................Page 5

School and Education.........................Page 6

Weather and Floods

In the Netherlands, it rains a lot, but rarely snows. In the summer it is usually 62-68 degrees Fahrenheit and in the winter it is 35-42 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the country is below sea level, and used to flood a lot. A long time ago, people built dams out of dirt to keep the water out. Now, when the water freezes, people can go ice skating in the lake the dams made. People usually carry an umbrella around when they are outside.

Houses and Land

Most homes in the Netherlands are thin, tall, and deep. Because the country is so small, there is not a lot of room for homes, which are usually apartments. The size of the houses are about three windows wide and a few stories tall. In the land that is not used for homes, there are windmills and flowers.

Holidays

In the Netherlands, there a lot of holidays. Some of them we celebrate, some holidays we don't celebrate. The biggest holiday that is celebrated there is probably Kings Day. In Amsterdam, for this holiday, people dress in orange or like a king. There are street carnivals and open air free markets with small objects that are bought by many people in Amsterdam. The night before Kings Day is when the celebration starts, it is called kings night. There are concerts and special parties and the celebrations go on for the next day.

In the Netherlands, they celebrate two different Christmases, Sinterklaas and Christmas. Sinterklaas is celebrated on December fifth, Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) comes on a boat in mid-November and there s a huge parade where he comes in. On December fifth, Sinterklaas leaves a bag of presents on people's doorstep then leaves and the kids get to open their presents. The main celebration is on the fifth but people have a feast on the sixth.

For Christmas, houses are decorated with a Christmas tree, candles, and holly. People go to church in the morning on Christmas eve and Christmas, at dinner people usually have roast hare, goose, turkey, or venison.

Kings Day Celebration

Sinterklaas

School

Primary and secondary school in the Netherlands is free, except for ages sixteen to eighteen and parents are asked to help with special activities and events. Education is required for kids ages five to eighteen, but most kids start primary school at age four. The kids get separated into groups by age. Group one is age four, group two is age five, three is six. Age ten would be in group seven and group six is age nine.

Group seven is the latest group kids start to learn English. A lot of schools teach English earlier though, some schools even start teaching English in group one. Group eight is the last year of primary school. The take a test before they go to secondary school. In secondary school, kids get to pick from a pre-university or vocation based on their test score. They either go to VMBO then MBO, HAVO, or VWO.

If I lived in the Netherlands, My dinner would usually include meat, potatoes, and vegetables. Seafood is also popular. I don't think I would like erwtensoep, which is a pea soup with sausage in it. My favorite food would probably be either poffertjes or stroopwafels. Poffertjes are small pancakes that are usually eaten with powdered sugar and butter. Stroopwafels are two thin waffles that are held together with syrup. For breakfast I would usually have bread or toast that has things like honey, sprinkles, or even cheese. My favorite food would probably be either poffertjes or stroopwafels. Poffertjes are small pancakes that are usually eaten with powdered sugar and butter. Stroopwafels are two thin wafels that are held together with syrup.

Pofertjes

Erwtensoep