Facts about Netherlands

By | October 27, 2021

Here you will find practical information in connection with trips to the Netherlands. Read e.g. about tips and price level.

  • Language: Dutch
  • Capital: Amsterdam
  • Population: 17 million
  • Religion: Roman Catholic Church, Protestantism
  • Currency: Euro
  • Surface: 41,500 km2

Worth knowing

Time difference

There is no time difference between Sweden and the Netherlands.

Transport in the Netherlands

On Albatro’s round trips in the Netherlands, we use buses of a good standard. Of course, all buses have air conditioning.

Price level in the Netherlands

Prices in the Netherlands are at about the same level as in Sweden. The price of a good restaurant meal is SEK 100-200.


In the Netherlands, tips are used in the service industry, but the amounts are not as high as elsewhere. In restaurants, you can round the bill up or add 5-10 percent if you have been satisfied with the service. Taxi drivers also expect 5–10 percent in tips.

For cruises, other rules apply, see the special program for your trip.

Currency and credit cards

The currency in the Netherlands is the euro (EUR). You can switch to euros both from home and in the Netherlands.

Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express can be used as debit cards almost anywhere in the Netherlands. In the larger cities, there are ATMs where you can withdraw cash.


In the Netherlands, 220/230 volts apply, just like in Sweden. The connectors are of the same type as we use in Sweden, so it is not necessary to bring an adapter.

Telephone and internet

According to allcitycodes, the Netherlands’ international country code is +31. It can be expensive to call home from Holland, receive calls and use your mobile phone’s internet connection. Feel free to check prices and coverage with your own mobile operator.

Many hotels, restaurants and cafes have internet, sometimes for a fee. In some places there are also internet cafes where you pay per hour. The speed is usually at the same level as in Scandinavia.

Customs and traditions

The Dutch have a fairly relaxed attitude, both to each other and to tourists. Show ordinary courtesy and ask for permission before you e.g. photograph other people and you will be a welcome guest in Holland.


During flight and transport, there is an absolute ban on smoking. You may not smoke tobacco indoors in public places unless there is a special smoking room. Smoking marijuana is allowed in special coffee shops, provided it is not mixed with tobacco.

Climate and weather Holland

Here you can read about Holland’s climate and weather. See, among other things, temperatures for Amsterdam.

Daytime temperature 5 6 9 12 17 19 21 22 18 14 9 7
Night temperature 1 0 2 4 8 10 13 12 10 7 4 2
Precipitation (mm) 62 43 59 41 48 68 66 61 82 85 89 75

Holland is located in the temperate climate zone and is characterized by the Atlantic Ocean, which contributes to a mild and pleasant climate. Since there are no major height differences within the country, the temperature does not vary much between the different latitudes.

Facts about Netherlands