NETHERLANDS - CULTURE

The Netherlands had a lot of famous and successful people. First, we mention Dutch painters who are known all over the world. Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn are the most considerable. You probably know some of their artworks (Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee painted by Rembrandt or Still life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers created by Van Gogh). In the Dutch Golden age in 17th century we can find notable architects, such as Jacob van Campen. His best known works are The Royal Palace in Amsterdam and The Paleis Noordeinde.

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh – source

If you go further into the Dutch culture, you will find it very liberal, tolerant and democratic. Typical sign of the average liberal state of mind that Dutch people possess is legal use of cannabis. Adults are allowed to buy and use it in specialized "coffee shops" in all major cities. This law exists to prevent the marginalization of soft drug users thereby exposing them to harder drugs. Trafficking in hard or soft drugs outside licensed premises is illegal.

Rembrant Van Rijn

Rembrant Van Rijn - source

The Netherlands today is among the most secular countries in Europe. An estimated 49.6% of the population (2007) call themselves non-religious. The remaining Dutch are 15.7% Protestant, 27% Roman Catholic, and 5.3% Muslim.