What is the meaning of Netherlands?

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Netherlands is the English translation of 'Nederland'. Nederland literally means 'low lying land' ('Neder' is an older word with the definition low and 'land' means land). The Netherlands are partially located below sea level and that is the reason why it is called The Netherlands.
In English and multiple other languages the country has been given the plural form, since you could say that The Nederlands exists of multiple low lying lands. This was also the case till 1815. Before that The Netherlands as a whole didn't exist.
In other languages you can also see this translation of 'low lying lands'. For example in French: 'les Pays-Bas', in German: 'die Niederlande' and in Italian: Paesi Bassi.

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