The Netherlands has Europe's highest population density outside the city-states, yet it is also the world's second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products. From Vermeer to Van Gogh, some of the world's greatest painters have been Dutch. And it remains an enviable place to live. With a generous welfare state, the country of windmills and tulips has the world's best work-life balance, according to the OECD.
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