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Tuesday 6th October 2015
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Why do we call the Netherlands Holland?


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


** 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.