Through FB-swap, I got this card from the Netherlands, sent by Marga.
(Received in May, 2012)
Holland is a
region in the western part of the Netherlands. The term Holland is also
frequently used as a pars pro toto to refer to the whole of the Netherlands.
This usage is generally accepted but disliked by Dutch people in the other parts
of the Netherlands.
From the 10th
century to the 16th century, Holland proper was a unified political region, a county
ruled by the Counts of Holland. By the 17th century, Holland had risen to
become a maritime and economic power, dominating the other provinces of the
former County of Holland consists of the two Dutch provinces of North Holland
and South Holland, which together include the Netherlands' three largest
cities: country capital Amsterdam; seat of government The Hague; and Rotterdam,
home of Europe's largest port.