The Country You Are Calling Holland Isn’t Actually Holland (Video)

The difference between Holland, The Netherlands, what is considered “Dutch”, and more.

I recently say to someone who lives in Amsterdam that I “visited Holland” and he sent me this video to kindly correct me.

This not only includes the misnomer of the country name, but also includes all of the other Dutch things halfway around the world that you wouldn’t ever guess are included in the Dutch world. Talk about confusing!

As it turns out, I visited The Netherlands and stayed in the province of North Holland.

Watch and be enlightened!

[YouTube, “Holland vs The Netherlands”]


About Deanna Ogle

Deanna Ogle hails from the greater Detroit area and her work has appeared in The Good Men Project, The Printed Blog, and Provoketive Magazine. She is studying journalism and religious studies, and writes at her personal blog Soul like a Spider. Loves: carnations, iced espresso, and watching movies with her husband. Find her at Twitter, Google and Facebook.


  1. Martin Cleaver says:

    It’s very funny, but more enlightening about use of language than about what places are actually called. The fact that the Dutch mean something different when they say “Holland” from English speakers is a common phenomenon. .it doesn’t make either usage “wrong”.

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