Dating service in holand
), also known informally as Holland, is a country in Western Europe with a population of seventeen million.
Together with three island territories in the Caribbean (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), it forms the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands abolished the death penalty in 1870 and had women's suffrage introduced in 1919.
Accepting of the LGBT community, it became the world's first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001.
Referring to the Netherlands as Holland in the English language is similar to calling the United Kingdom "England" by people outside the UK.
The term is so pervasive among potential investors and tourists, however, that the Dutch government's international websites for tourism and trade are "holland.com" and "hollandtradeandinvest.com".
The Dukes of Burgundy, who ruled the Low Countries in the 15th century, used the term les pays de par deçà (~ the lands over here) for the Low Countries as opposed to les pays de par delà (~ the lands over there) for their original homeland: Burgundy in present-day east-central France.
Following the decline of the Duchy of Brabant and the County of Flanders Holland became the most economically and politically important county in the Low Countries region.They are sometimes used in a deictic relation to a higher ground that consecutively is indicated as Upper, Boven, Oben, Superior or Haut.In the case of the Low Countries / the Netherlands the geographical location of the lower region has been more or less downstream and near the sea.The emphasis on Holland during the formation of the Dutch Republic, the Eighty Years' War and the Anglo-Dutch Wars in the 16th, 17th and 18th century, made Holland serve as a pars pro toto for the entire country, which is now considered either incorrect, The region called Low Countries (comprising Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) and the Country of the Netherlands, have the same toponymy.Place names with Neder (or lage), Nieder, Nether (or low) and Nedre (in Germanic languages) and Bas or Inferior (in Romance languages) are in use in places all over Europe.