Communications in the Netherlands

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Official Language
Official languages: Dutch and Frisian.
Other Languages Spoken
Commercial languages: English, German and Spanish. In the Netherlands, the official language is Dutch. However, it is important to note the growing use of English, German and Spanish in business.
Business Language
The majority of the population speaks English, which is the most used language in trade.
Getting Some Knowledge
Some basic Dutch can be found here.
Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish : Basic word / sentence translator
Free Translations : Basic word / sentence translator

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Quality of Communications
The telecommunications infrastructure in the Netherlands is advanced. ISDN, mobile communications and satellite reception have grown substantially in recent years. The cable penetration rate is more than 90 percent. The main network backbone is fiber optic.
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From the Netherlands, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in the Netherlands, Dial +31
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
10, numbers begin with a 0 followed by 2 or 3 numbers representing the area code and 6 or 7 numbers of the subscriber code.
If need be, the site Numbering plans gives you complete instructions about numbering and the detailed list of Dutch regional codes.
Mobile Telephone Standards
The Netherlands has an international standard. To call without a subscription you can use pre-paid cards.
National Mobile Phone Operators
T-Mobile (Orange is part of them), Vodafone, KPN, HI

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
Wanado Casema, XS4ALL, UPC, Telfort
Access in Public Places
Accessible in a lot of places; think of universities, libraries and restaurants. A list with hotspots can be found on (page is in Dutch - click on a cityname to see a list with places).
Access in Hotels
Accessible in the more luxurious hotels.

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