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The Netherlands are a popular tourist destination. About 20% of it's area is located below sea level. The Netherlands is often referred to as "Holland", although North and South Holland are actually only two of its provinces. The Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Over the centuries, the Dutch coastline has changed considerably as a result of human intervention and natural disasters. The Netherlands has 20 national parks and hundreds of other nature reserves. There is a tradition of learning foreign languages in the Netherlands: about 65% of the total population have good knowledge of conversational English, 55% of German, and 19% of French. Children start with English courses at primary schools when they are about nine years old. English is a mandatory course in all secondary schools. The Dutch cuisine is simple and straightforward, with many vegetables and little meat; breakfast and lunch are typically bread with toppings while dinner is meat and potatoes, supplemented with seasonal vegetables.