Area: 41,785 sq km
Northwestern Europe occupying the Rhine delta; over 20% is below sea level.
Population: 16,653,346 Annual Growth: 0.41%
Capital: Amsterdam (administrative capital); The Hague (seat of government)
Official language: Dutch (Nederlands), Frisian. Many also speak English Languages: 38 All languages
Largest Religion: Non-religious
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The tolerance for which the Dutch are famous is strained in Europes most crowded country as cultural and religious tensions multiply. It would appear that this vaunted tolerance was largely indifference. The once-liberal immigration policies are now tightening, religious expression and missionary work are often curtailed, and many Muslim communities fail to integrate into Dutch life and society and face increasing antipathy. Pray for this crisis to induce serious soul-searching that would cause many Dutch to rediscover their Christian roots and many believers to reach out with the good news to these groups.
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