Netherlands, informally Holland or Dutch, is a western country with dense population. The European part of the Netherlands shares maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Germany, bordering Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest.
“Netherlands” literally means “lower countries” for its low land and flat geography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding one meter above sea level. The southwest wind causes a maritime climate – warm summers and cool winters. Temperature differences in the southeast of the country are bigger than it is close to the Dutch coastline.
Ahead of hockey and volleyball, football is the most popular participant sport in Netherlands. Many Netherlands football shirts are popular among loyal fans. The Netherlands national football team has achieved great success in the past decades after hard work and constantly improved skills. Now, home shirt of the team published in 2016 is my favorite football shirt.
As a country located in the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is often regarded as the most sparsely populated country in Europe for a population of 332,529 and an area of 103,000㎞². Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the characters of its climate confirm to a temperate climate stereotype.
For the excellent education system, Iceland attracts countless overseas students to the small country for further education. It is avid for reading, with the highest number of bookstores per capita in the world. Influence by its climate, fruits and vegetable are not components in its traditional dishes. Most of dishes in Iceland are made of fish, lamb and dairy products. With the improvement of modern agriculture, more herbs and species are utilized to daily dishes.
One of the most popular sports in Iceland is football. The Iceland football team performs extremely well in competitions. More and more players become professionals overseas. In Iceland football shirt, they run and jump dynamically on football fields for well performances and great achievements. The navy blue home shirt in 2016 is my favorite football shirt at present.
Separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is the second-largest island among British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest across the world. The island is comprised of low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers wandering the land. The island is covered with lush vegetation.
Football is the most popular sport in Ireland in terms of match attendance and community involvement, with about 2,600 clubs on the island.
With some 2,600 clubs in the island, Ireland national football team is one of most successful football team in the world. Having participate in countless competitions, it has achieved great success. So new Ireland football shirt is prevailing among many football shirts of various countries. The green home shirt published in 2016 is my favorite football shirt.
Food and Drink
Food and cuisine in Ireland are affected by crops, animals, social and political circumstances. For instance, the main feature of Irish economy in Middle Age was animal husbandry. Social status of a person depends on number of cattle owned by him.