Holland and the Netherlands: The two names have been used interchangeably for as long as we can remember, but the Netherlands is cracking down on this! Why? North and South Holland are actually two provinces out of the twelve provinces in the Netherlands. They are the financial and economic centers of the country. Because they are so important to the country, Holland became the nickname of the Netherlands.
The country has decided to take its name back now, though, and from January 2020, wants to be called the Netherlands. Officials think that this will help to promote tourism to other parts of the country, and free up visitors’ focus from just the popular cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.
Adapted from an article in Quartz by Sunaina Murthy