Total Area: 41,528 km²
GDP (in billion USD): 840
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of twelve provinces in North-West Europe and three islands in the Caribbean.
After four years of housing market slump, house prices in the Netherlands continue to fall, amid a worsening economy. The prices of existing homes sold in Netherlands fell by 6.76% during the year to end-November 2012, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). When adjusted for inflation, house prices in the country actually dropped by 9.14% over the same period.
Amsterdam has some of the most beautiful houses in the Netherlands, some built recently, but many dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries. This has resulted in a glorious mix of styles, from Gothic to baroque to Art Deco to modernist, which somehow works together. Perhaps the most common old buildings are the narrow, high-windowed houses that belonged to the 17th century merchants and townspeople, who built the city from the ground up.
Amsterdam expanded after World War II. The new neighborhoods, built west, north and southeast of the city core, bowed to the necessity of accommodating thousands of new residents, and feature large housing blocks and apartment buildings. But the Dutch did not compromise when it came to their beloved nature: most neighborhoods have parks and recreation areas. Even the most urbanized areas are livened up by private gardens and public parks. Twelve percent of Amsterdam's 220 sq. km of land is made up of green spaces.
Residences tend to be privately owned, there are few places to rent because the city controls rent increases and keeps them to a minimum.