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    National Flag of The Kingdom of The Netherlands

    by xuessium Written Oct 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Dutch tricolour was first used in the second half of the 16th century when the Dutch provinces revolted against Spain. Their leader was Prince William of Orange (hence the name of "The House Of Orange" for the current reigning monarchy).

    The flag was named "Prinsenvlag" ("Princeflag") after him. At first the flag was orange-white-blue, but later the orange stripe became red.

    The present red-white-blue tricolour is considered the "Koninkrijksvlag" ("Flag of the Kingdom").

    Fondest memory: Source: Flags Of The World

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    Flag of the European Union (EU)

    by xuessium Updated Dec 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Netherlands is a member of the European Union.

    Since 1 May 2004, the 27 members of European Union are:
    Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | The Czech Republic | Cyprus | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | The Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | United Kingdom |

    The historical evolution of membership is:
    * 1958: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands
    * 1973: Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom
    * 1981: Greece
    * 1986: Portugal, Spain
    * 1995: Austria, Finland, Sweden
    * 2004: The Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
    * 2007: Bulgaria, Romania

    The twelve yellow stars on a blue field were officially adopted as the symbol of the European Community on 26 May 1986.

    12 was reckoned to be a "good" number because it had no political innuendo, and there are
    * 12 signs of the zodiac;
    * 12 hours on a clock;
    * 12 months in a year;
    * 12 apostles;
    * 12 tables of Roman Law;
    * and 12 starry crowns of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

    Fondest memory: Source: Flags Of The World

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