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The Netherlands might be a small country, but what it lacks for in size it certainly makes up for in other ways. Indeed, this tiny nation is actually the fifth largest exporter in the world, trailing only behind Germany, America, Japan and China in terms of export volumes. So, which typical Dutch products can the rest of us seemingly not get enough of? Let’s take a closer look!
1) Dutch cheese
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the chief export product of the Netherlands is Dutch cheese. In fact, Holland is the fifth largest cheese exporter in the world, shipping a staggering 600 million kilos of the delicious stuff abroad every year. It boasts an impressive selection of internationally renowned cheeses too, including, Gouda, Edam and Old Amsterdam cheese. And in Alkmaar there’s even a Dutch Cheese Museum dedicated exclusively to Dutch cheese making, farming and dairy traditions.
2) Dutch Tulips
The Netherlands is the undisputed market leader in flowers, plants and bulbs, and Dutch tulips in particular, are another of the country’s primary exports. The Dutch produce more than 4 billion tulip bulbs every year, 1 billion of which are exported to Europe or further afield. Every year the celebrated Amsterdam Tulip Museum attracts countless visitors keen to learn more about this most beautiful of Dutch icons, whilst a spring time visit to the stunning Keukenhof Gardens is not to be missed.
3) Dutch Beer
According to The Brewers of Europe, the Netherlands exports the largest proportion of beer of any country in the world – approximately 50% of its total production. The most famous Dutch beers include Heineken, which is made by the world’s third largest brewery, and Grolsch, which was first brewed way back in 1615. However, the Netherlands also produces and exports its fair share of speciality beers, such as ‘witbier’ (white beer) and ‘Bok bier’ (which is similar to German Bock beer).
4) Dutch celebrities
Dutch celebrities are another of the Netherlands biggest exports. Famous Dutchmen and women to grace the world stage include DJ Tiesto, actor Rutger Hauer and of course, celebrated Dutch soccer star, Johan Cruijff, who played for Ajax, Feyenoord and Barcelona, and is rightly considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.
5) Dutch TV
Lastly, Dutch TV is an increasingly fashionable export with some of the world’s best-loved television programmes and shows having originated in the Netherlands. Big Brother and The Voice, both created by Dutch television producer, John de Mol, have become successful international TV franchises, whilst Deal or No Deal, based on the Dutch ‘Miljoenenjacht’, is now viewed in countries as far and wide as Afghanistan and Vietnam.
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