UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
note: time descriptions apply to the continental Netherlands only, not to the Caribbean components
The Netherlands lies in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere, and for the most part possesses a maritime climate. The summers are cool while winters are quite cold. The warmest months fall between July and September with temperatures ranging from 60-75°F. The winter months are long and dreary with strong winds and some snow. Temperatures range from 20-35°F. Due to the proximity of the sea, rain is quite common and spread pretty evenly all year round.
Dutch (official language), Frisian (official language)
Dutch 83%, other 17% (of which 9% are non-Western origin mainly Turks, Moroccans, Antilleans, Surinamese and Indonesians)
King's Day (the King's birthday of 27 April (1967); celebrated on 26 April if 27 April is a Sunday)
52 30 N, 5 45 E
Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany