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Netherlands, Population

Frisians, Mediterranean countries, industrial workers, Saxons, overpopulation

The great majority of inhabitants of The Netherlands are Dutch. They are mainly descended from Franks, Frisians, and Saxons. Most residents of Friesland Province are Frisian, a distinct cultural group with its own language. Fearing overpopulation, the government encouraged Dutch emigration after World War II (1939-1945), and some 500,000 people left. But an even larger number of people entered The Netherlands—Europeans and Asians from the former Netherlands Indies dependency (now part of Indonesia); industrial workers from Turkey, Morocco, and other Mediterranean countries; and, more recently, residents of Suriname, also a former Dutch dependency, and the Netherlands Antilles. Consequently, the country’s population, particularly in the large cities, now includes several ethnic minorities.

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Frisians, Mediterranean countries, industrial workers, Saxons, overpopulation, Franks, ethnic minorities, Europeans, World War, Morocco, large cities, Asians, Turkey, Indonesia, Netherlands Antilles, government, language

 
 

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