Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Netherlands - Zeeland (NL-145638)

This wonderful multiview comes from Zeeland - a region of the Netherlands that I've been to for several times :) I can even recognize some places from this card :) I used to visit Belgium quite often and each time I wanted to go to the seaside, I preferred going to the Netherlands rather than to the Belgian coast, because it was much nicer and more peaceful, while it was not much farther away. That's why I have many good memories connected with Zeeland :)


, also called Zealand in English and Zeelandic, is a province of the Netherlands. The province, located in the south-west of the country, consists of a number of islands (hence its name, meaning "sea-land") and a strip bordering Belgium. Its capital is Middelburg. With a population of about 380,000, its area is about 2930 km², of which almost 1140 km² is water.

Large parts of Zeeland are below sea level. The last great flooding of the area was in 1953. Tourism is an important economic activity. Its sunny beaches make it a popular holiday destination in the summer. Most tourists are Germans. In some areas, the population can be two to four times higher during high summer season. The coat of arms of Zeeland shows a lion half-emerged from water, and the text "luctor et emergo" (Latin for "I struggle and I emerge").

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