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    Netherlands Geography - 1990

      Total area: 37,290 km2
      land area: 33,940 km2

      Comparative area: slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey

      Land boundaries: 1,027 km total; Belgium 450 km, FRG 577 km

      Coastline: 451 km

      Maritime claims:

      Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters

      Terrain: mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders); some hills in southeast

      Natural resources: natural gas, crude oil, fertile soil

      Land use: 25% arable land; 1% permanent crops; 34% meadows and pastures; 9% forest and woodland; 31% other; includes 15% irrigated

      Environment: 27% of the land area is below sea level and protected from the North Sea by dikes

      Note: located at mouths of three major European rivers (Rhine, Maas or Meuse, Schelde)

      NOTE: The information regarding Netherlands on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Netherlands Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Netherlands Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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