High life in the lowlands
The Netherlands is a great place for an elective or even a medical career. Erlangga Yusuf tells you all you need to know
The Netherlands is a small European country, of no more than 42 000 km2, in which about 16 million people live. It is by far the most densely populated country in the European Union.1 Just like the United Kingdom, it is a constitutional monarchy. The capital is Amsterdam, but the government resides in the Hague.
The Netherlands was home to the painter Rembrandt, one of the Dutch masters, who celebrates his 400th birthday this year, and the country is also famous for tulips, which bloom each spring.
The Netherlands has eight medical faculties, two in Amsterdam and one in each of Rotterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, Maastricht, Nijmegen, and Leiden (table 1). Seven of these are part of the world's top 200 universities.2 To enter a medical school, you