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Why do we call the Netherlands Holland?

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We've just lost to the Netherlands at cricket, but at football, we play Holland. Why is that? It's all Dutch to me.
Malcolm, Watford

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Adriana, Walton-on-Thames
Qualification: I'm Dutch
Answer: The Netherlands is the proper name of the country. Holland comes from two provinces, Nord Holland and South Holland. It's a total misuse to call the whole country Holland. The football team is called The Netherlands, but you Brits call it Holland.