The Netherlands is a country located in the north-west of Europe. It borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The country has a population of about 17 million. With more than 400 people per square kilometre of land area, it is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. The country is relatively small, maximum distances being 200 kilometres from west to east and 300 kilometres from north to south.
Almost half of the population lives in the Randstad, a large, somewhat ring-shaped, metropolitan area located in the west of the country, with the so-called “green heart” in the middle. It contains the four largest cities: the capital, Amsterdam; the seat of government, The Hague; the city of Rotterdam, with one of the biggest harbours in the world; and Utrecht, located centrally in the country.
Egmond aan Zee
The EGMO 2020 will take place in Egmond aan Zee (“Egmond on Sea”), a small village lying directly on the coast of the province North-Holland. It is located about ten kilometers west of the larger city Alkmaar. The village originated in the year 977. Over the course of centuries, large parts of the village have been claimed by the sea due to floods and erosion of the coast. For the larger part of its history, the prime business in Egmond aan Zee was fishing. Nowadays, the village also enjoys a lot of tourism due to its pleasant location on the coast.