The Netherlands consists of 12 provinces but many people use “Holland” when talking about the Netherlands. The two provinces of Noord- and Zuid-Holland together are Holland. The 12 provinces together are the Netherlands. Holland is often used when all of the Netherlands is meant.
Is Holland and Dutch the same thing?
Confusion continues because: People who live in the Hollands are called Hollanders, but all citizens of the Netherlands are called Dutch as is their language. There is no country called Holland, but there are provinces of North and South Holland.
Is the Netherlands no longer called Holland?
The Netherlands Will No Longer Be Called Holland (Video) Now you never have to wonder if youre booking a trip to Holland or the Netherlands, because the country has settled on an official name. According to Matador Network, the Netherlands has officially decided it will only be called the Netherlands.