South Holland - Facts and Figures
The province of South Holland (Zuid-Holland) at a glance: find out about the urban population numbers, international business, transport and some significant venues...
There is a misconception that the names Holland and the Netherlands are interchangeable and describe the same place. In fact, the country of the Netherlands is comprised of twelve provinces and three special municipalities:
- Drenthe, Flevoland, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Overijssel, Utrecht, Zeeland and Zuid-Holland
- Municipalities: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
The area called Holland is made up of just two of these twelve provinces:
- North Holland (Noord-Holland) and South Holland (Zuid-Holland)
Interesting to note: the Netherlands in north western Europe, together with the larger islands of Sint Maarten, Curacao and Aruba in the Caribbean make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Population and Geography
|South Holland Population and Geography|
|Land Area||2,818 km2 (ranking 5/12)|
|Population||3.5 million (ranking 1/12)|
|Elevation||most of South Holland is at sea level|
|Ten Most Populated Cities in South Holland||Population (000's)|
|Alphen aan den Rijn||108.0|
Figures from Citypopulation and based on 2016 estimates.
The Port of Rotterdam is the largest shipping port in Europe and, until 2004, was the largest shipping port in the world (Shanghai now holds that title).
RandstadRail is a light rail service that only operates in South Holland. It bridges the gap between the National Rail Service and the more local tram service, connecting the metropolitan area of Rotterdam with that of The Hague. It runs on a combination of older tracks unused by National Rail as well as some of the active local tram tracks. One line connects The Hague to Rotterdam via Delft and Schiedam, while two lines connect The Hague with Zoetermeer.
- Find more information on transport in the Netherlands
There are approximately 130,000 registered businesses in South Holland. Among these are the the global, European, or Dutch headquarters for Royal Dutch Shell, Siemens A.G., TNT Post, T-Mobile, Unilever, APM Terminals, Aegon, KPN, ABN AMRO, and ING.
The Hague is a major hub for international organisations. The International Court of Justice, the European Police Office (EUROPOL), the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) are headquartered in The Hague, as are many United Nations and European Union bodies. The Hague is also home to many organisations concerned with international law and justice, including courts and tribunals for international dispute resolution and a high number of international NGOs. As such, it has a substantial population of expatriates working in international law, politics, administration and charity.
- Find more information on international organisations based in The Hague
- Find more information on NGOs in The Hague
- Read Angloinfo's guide to working in the Netherlands
|Tallest Structures in South Holland|
|Church Towers||Nieuwe Kerk, Delft (1496): 108.8m|
|Grote Kerk, The Hague (1424): 92.6m|
|St Jacobus Kerk, The Hague (1878): 91.1m|
|Other Towers||Euromast (Rotterdam): 186m|
|Skyscrapers||Maastoren (Rotterdam): 165m|
|New Orleans (Rotterdam): 158 m|
|Delftse Poort (Rotterdam): 151m|
|Millennium Tower (Rotterdam): 149m|
|Hoftoren (The Hague): 142m|
|Ministry of Justice (The Hague): 146m|
|Ministry of the Interior (The Hague): 146m|