• North Holland is a province of the northwest of the Netherlands.
  • It is situated on the North Sea, north of South Holland and Utrecht, and west of Friesland and Flevoland.
  • In 2006, it had a population of 2,606,584 and a total area of 2,683 km2.
  • The capital and seat of the provincial government is Haarlem and its largest city is Amsterdam.
  • North Holland is a broad peninsula for the most part, located between the North Sea, Markermeer and the IJsselmeer.
  • More than half of the province consists of reclaimed polder land situated below sea level.
  • North Holland has four municipalities with 100,000 or more inhabitants: Amsterdam (largest municipality in the Netherlands), Haarlem, Zaanstad, and Haarlemmermeer.