- Animal: Lion
- Coat of Arms:
- Coat of Arms: The royal coat of arms is
placed on a mantle of ermine surmounted by a crown. The coat of arms
date from 1815, when the Kingdom of the Netherlands was founded.
It is the same as the Dutch national coat of arms. It
originates from the county of Nassau in Germany, and the central lion is
the same as the lion on the oldest coat of arms of Nassau, dating from
the 13th century.
- Flag of Netherlands
- Flower: Tulip (unofficial)
Note: Though not official symbols of the
Netherlands, tulips, windmills and wooden shoes are widely associated
with the country. Perhaps no one item symbolized the Netherlands more
succinctly than the tulip.
The Netherlands produce approximately nine billion flower
bulbs annually. That incredible number of bulbs would allow for almost
two flower bulbs for every person on the planet. Of those bulbs, the
tulip (in a variety of colors) remains the most popular and widely
recognized bulb by gardeners worldwide.
- Motto: "Ik zal handhaven" "I will maintain"
- National Anthem: "Wilhelmus van Nassouwe" ("William of Nassau");
lyrics are widely considered written by the poet, Philips van Marnix,
Seigneur of Sint Aldegonge. Source of music is unknown.