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    Netherlands Geography - 1989

      Total area: 41,500 km2
      land area: 33,940 km2

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

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

      Coastline: 451 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Contiguous zone: 12 nm
      @m5Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      @m5Territorial 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: 30% 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 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Netherlands Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Netherlands Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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