Nine Dutch places which are not in the Netherlands

Those Dutch got, and continue to get, everywhere. New York, New Zealand, Tasmania, a whole bunch of places in South Africa… Here are some of the lesser-known places around the world with a touch of the Dutch – and some help from our readers.

Windmill De Liefde, Japan
This Dutch windmill is close to the Japanese city of Sakura and is named after the sailing ship which brought the first Dutch to Japan over 400 years ago. Even the tulips and the river running by are reminiscent of the Netherlands. It was apparently built in the Netherlands as a sort of Ikea kit and assembled in Japan.

This is not the Netherlands

This is not the Netherlands

Holland, Michigan
The town of Holland, in the west of the state, has some 35,000 residents. It is not only called Holland but organises an annual Tulip Time Festival – and yes, they even get out the clogs and national dress to celebrate.

This is not the Netherlands either

This is not the Netherlands either

Orange County Hotel, Kremer in Turkey
A pastiche including every Dutch cliche imaginable – built like a 17th century canal house, with little wooden houses, a windmill and even a mini red light district. Truly weird.

Or this

Nor is this

Hollandische Viertel, Potsdam in Germany
Potsdam has a Hollandische Viertel, or Dutch Quarter  which was built in the 1730s when King Frederik Willem I tried to attract Dutch migrant workers to set up their own colony. The district is visited every year by Sinterklaas and has, of course, a tulip festival.

But this never was

But this never was

Nederland, Colorado
According to the town’s website, Nederland (population 1,337) took its name in 1874 when the population of the Middle Boulder homestead voted to adopt the nickname of a mine instead. The mine had been bought by the Mining Company Nederland from Holland and the miners took to calling it ‘the Nether lands’ or ‘low lands’ – probably ironically seeing as the mine is located at 10,000 feet above sea level.

No flood danger here

No flood danger here

Amsterdam, Indian Ocean
A rocky and uninhabited island in the Indian Ocean was discovered by the Spanish in 1522. Said by some to be the most remote place on earth, Amsterdam was named by Dutch sailor Anthonie van Diemen who was on his way to Java at the time. The only way to visit is via a cargo ship and the journey takes two months.

We can't thing of anywhere less like the Netherlands than this

We can’t thing of anywhere less like Amsterdam than this

New Holland, St Petersburg
The island of New Holland (Но́вая Голла́ндия) in St Petersburg  was created in the 1720s, when two canals connected two rivers together. The triangular island took its name from the waterways and shipbuilding facilities that reminded people of Amsterdam. Not forgetting Peter the Great had learned shipbuilding in the Netherlands and brought a number of Dutch experts to Russia, of course.

And this is way grander than anything we are used to

And this is way grander than anything we are used to

Holambra in Brazil
A relatively new piece of Dutch history, Holambra in was founded in 1948 by Catholic Dutch immigrants. According to Wikipedia, the cows that were shipped in from the Netherlands by the initial colonists did not survive the heat and tropical diseases so the colonists diversified to pig and chicken farming and the focus has now shifted to horticulture. More tulips perhaps? The name comes from Holland-America-Brazil – a good Dutch acronym as well.

Beats cycling through the Rijksmuseum

Beats cycling through the Rijksmuseum

Indiansdorp, Balfron, Scotland
This unprepossessing couple of rows of houses outside the village of Balfron, north of Glasgow is called Indiansdorp – Indian village – and we have never been able to work out why. The locals claim the Indians bit is a corruption of the Gaelic for ‘fairy hill’ but we don’t think so. We think it probably something to do with the nearby Polder Farm and the Lake of Mentieth – so named by the Dutch who lived in the area because they did not know all Scottish lakes are lochs.  But if anyone knows the answer, we’d love to hear from them.

Now buy the t-shirt

Now buy the t-shirt

Plus any more suggestions of Amsterdams and Hollands in far away places of course.


20 thoughts on “Nine Dutch places which are not in the Netherlands

  1. Marleen

    In South Africa close to Pretoria there is a place called Jasmyn that has a windmill, a Dutch restaurant where they sell ‘kroketten’ and more Dutch food and a shop where they sell Dutch and German products.

      1. Netherlands by Numbers Post author

        We’re sure there are lots of Dutch places in South Africa… too many to include perhaps

      2. Mavadelo

        Zuid Afrika? uh… Utrecht, Bloemfontein, vaalwater, wasberg, ermelo etc etc. In the USA there is also
        Harlingen Texas and New Jersey
        Zwolle Louisiana
        Zeeland Michigan
        Vriesland, Michigan
        Drenthe, Michigan
        Groningen, Michigan
        Zutphen, Michigan
        Overissel, Michigan
        Noordeloos, Michigan
        Harlem, Michigan
        Graafschap, Michigan
        New Utrecht used to be a town now part of Brooklyn) and speaking of NY we have Harlem (Haarlem) Brooklyn (Breukelen) Flushing (Vlissingen).
        Albany used to be called Beverwijk. There is an Amsterdam in New York and in Ohio

  2. Farrah (@Momofthreeunder)

    I’m currently an expat in the NL, and originally from Michigan. I haven’t been to Holland, MI yet- but I promise I will when we go back. Someone did tell me that certain things I’ve gotten used to here (koffiemelk, Senseo pods, etc) can all be ordered from stores there. Yay!

  3. Chris Hyde

    There’s an awesome Dutch windmill (called the De Molen windmill) just down the road from where I used to work in Foxton, New Zealand! I think it was built by some homesick Dutch residents of the town and is pretty much its biggest tourist attraction now! 🙂

  4. Pau PX

    What a pitty! I was in Japan this summer and missed the beautiful spot in Sakura! I am writing down some of these places so I can check them out on my trips to US! Thanks 🙂

  5. Flo Hadad

    You forgot all about Suriname. It is pity we are a forgotten part of your history. We have Nieuw Amsterdam, Groningen, Alkmaar, Wageningen including Hotel de Wereld, Lelydorp (Yes, same guy as in Lelystad), and may more!!! Same goes for Nederlandse Antillen

  6. Tim Nieuwendijk

    And don’t forget Orange, in New South Wales, Australia, named after Prince William of Orange. Its where we migrated to, and where my 50th school anniversary was held recently. I miss Orange now, but life goes on. G’day Orange.

    1. Bill Stokman.

      Tim, I also went to a class of 65 reunion last year
      I am still dutch and I remember the name Nieuwendijk well. I now live in Batemans Bay
      I was in nederland last year. I was born in Eindhoven. Go P.S.V.

      1. Tim Nieuwendijk

        Bill, I remember Stokman the name, but cannot put a face to the name. Did you live out behind Bloomfield? or grow flowers there? The Orange Nieuwendijks are now 1 in Orange, 1 in Penrith, 4 in Sydney suburbs and 2 in Rhode Island USA. All the other Nieuwendijks in Oz are distant relatives of ours. Batemans Bay, beautiful place, went through not too long back. Tim

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