The Netherlands


Capital: Amsterdam
Official Language: Dutch 
Recognised regional languages: Frisian (in Friesland), Papiamento (in Bonaire), English (in Sint Eustatius and Saba)
Time zone : UTC +1, summer UTC +2
Population: 17.2 million

The Netherlands is one of the countries that constitute The Kingdom of the Netherlands, which is mainly located in North-West Europe and has some islands in the Caribbean. The European part of The Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Germany to the east, Belgium to the south and shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium.
The Netherlands in total  are often referred to as Holland, although North and South Holland are only two of its twelve provinces.

Most of the population are Dutch, further ethnic groups are Turks, Maroccans, Indonesians and Surinamese. In May 2011, the Netherlands was ranked as the "happiest" country according to results published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The Netherlands has been a constitutional monarchy since 1815 and a parliamentary democracy organized as a unitary state since 1848. Amsterdam is the capital, but the seat of the government is The Hague. The monarch at present is king Willem-Alexander. The Netherlands is described as a consociational state. Dutch politics and governance are characterised by an effort to achieve broad consensus on important issues, within both the political community and society as a whole. In 2010, The Economist ranked the Netherlands as the 10th most democratic country in the world.

The Netherlands has a developed economy and has been playing a special role in the European economy for many centuries. Since the 16th century, shipping, fishing, trade, and banking have been leading sectors of the Dutch economy. The Netherlands is one of the world's 10 leading exporting countries. Foodstuffs form the largest industrial sector. Other major industries include chemicals, metallurgy, machinery, electrical goods, and tourism. Tourist associate the Netherlands with Windmills, tulips, wooden shoes, cheese, Delftware pottery, and cannabis.


About us

IVSA stands for International Veterinary Students' Association. We arrange individual internships abroad and individual internships here in the Netherlands for foreign veterinary students.


  • 15.06.2018-17.06.2018 2nd European Veterinary Students Seminar in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 16.07.2018-27.07.2018 67th IVSA Congress in Kraków, Poland


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We are located at the folowing address:
Yalelaan 1
3584 CL Utrecht
The Netherlands