What’s the difference between Holland and The Netherlands?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between “Holland” and “The Netherlands” is? Of course you haven’t – not many have.

But just in case you have even a mild interest, this video by C. G. P. Grey does an amazing job of explaining this odd little quirk of geography. And, for even more explanation of geographic and historical anomalies, check out his “The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained”.



  • Carsten

    Country and State. easy :) greetings and merry christman from germany

  • Dutchy

    Great post. The pronounsation of some of the names are, well not like a native Dutch. Fun to know: Also the harts in the flag of Friesland are not harts but leaves of a water flower called European White Waterlily. In Friesland they have their own language and call it Wite Wetterleelje and the green leaves that are found in the flag they call pompeblêden.

    Greetings from the Netherlands Happy holidays

  • Englishy

    Nice. But Curacao rhymes with now.

  • Pacomius

    Short Shameful Confession: Upon first glance, I read the title as “What’s the difference between Holland and The Neanderthals?”. What’s worse, my immediate thought – “Heineken?”