Reverse Racing was a huge and very challenging motor sport in the Netherlands thanks to the sale of DAF cars that had no speed limit for driving in reverse. It was eventually stopped because those cars were becoming collectors items and the sport was considered too dangerous.
The borders between Belgium and the Netherlands are so complex that many buildings have an international border running right through them. A bank was built on top of the border so paperwork was moved from one side of the building to the other whenever one nationality’s tax inspectors came.
There’s a town in the Netherlands that has no roads or cars and everyone travels by foot, bike or canal.
The current King of the Netherlands has been secretly flying as a commercial co-pilot for 21 years, and has been doing so even after ascending to the throne in 2013.
In The Netherlands, people swear with diseases. Get someone angry enough and they may wish syphilis on you. (Or cancer, tuberculosis, smallpox, etc.) The more serious the disease, the more seriously you have angered them.
The Euro currency was designed featuring imagery of fictitious bridges to represent architectural stylings throughout time in Europe, also serving to not feature one country while discriminating others. The Netherlands then built the bridges anyways.
In the Netherlands heroin addicts are given free heroin at clinics three times a day. Some addicts complain that the government makes being an addict too easy for an individual, but overall heroin addiction has decreased.
There is a fake village with fake shops and restaurants that is actually a care home for elderly dementia sufferers in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is the only country in the world where it is compulsory for everyone to have private health insurance. Premiums are not based on age or health status, but on income & are on average €100 per month.
Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer to clean streets. For a day’s work, the men receive 10 euros (around $13), a half-packet of rolling tobacco and, most importantly, five cans of beer: two to start the day, two at lunch and one for after work.