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Netherlands

Country Overview
Capital: Amsterdam
Official Language: Dutch
Government: Unitary Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Total Area: 41,543 km2
Population: 17,100,475 (2017)
GDP per capita: 53,139
Currency: Euro
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1); Summer CET (UTC+2)
Citizenship: Dual Nationality allowed

Agriculture
The Dutch agricultural sector is highly mechanized, and has a strong focus on international exports. It employs about 4% of the Dutch labor force but produces large surpluses for the food-processing industry and accounts for 21 percent of the Dutch total export value. The Dutch rank second worldwide in value of agricultural exports, behind only the United States.  with exports earning €80.7 billion in 2014, up from €75.4 billion in 2012.

Education
Education in the Netherlands is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 16 when HAVO, VWO or MBO level 2 or higher completed or 18.

Healthcare
In 2016 the Netherlands has maintained its number one position at the top of the annual Euro health consumer index (EHCI), which compares healthcare systems in Europe, scoring 916 of a maximum 1,000 points. The Netherlands has been in the top three countries in each report published since 2005. On 48 indicators such as patient rights and information, accessibility, prevention and outcomes, the Netherlands secured its top position among 37 European countries for the sixth year in a row. The Netherlands was ranked first in a study in 2009 comparing the health care systems of the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and New Zealand. 

Taxation
The Dutch government uses both direct and indirect taxation to finance its extensive welfare programs. In 1969 it began levying a value-added tax (VAT). In addition to a graduated personal income tax, there is also a property tax, a motor vehicle tax, an excise tax on certain products, an energy tax, and a tax on legal transactions.