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This is the Hollywood Atlas version of the Netherlands when it is depicted in media. A green, flat country full of polders, dikes, pastures, and ditches. There are fields of tulips, grazing cows, and probably some windmills in the background (but hopefully no mountains). The people wear traditional Dutch rural clothing: a long sleeved button up shirt, pleated pants, a neck scarf and a capped hat for men; and a long-sleeved ankle-length patterned dress, aprons and a triangular cloth hat for women. Both genders are required to wear clogs, a type of wooden shoe used to wade through wet soil. Temporally, the whole country seems to be stuck somewhere between the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

This whimsical, chaste depiction of the country is curiously opposed to the other common depiction of the Netherlands as a giant Freestate Amsterdam, a haven of iniquity like drugs and prostitution.

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As the trope names implies, it makes very heavy use of Windmill Scenery.

See also Oktoberfest for the similar retroactive depiction of their neighbors the Germans.


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  • The Black Sheep is a Discworld fic set mainly in the Discworld equivalent of Holland. As might be expected in an Original Flavour fic taking its cue from Terry Pratchett's Up to Eleven parodies of real world countries and (more importantly) states of mind, all the associations of Holland are dropped in the bag, shaken up, and tipped on the table to see what comes out. Windmills, clogs, tulips, canals, a national tendency to smoke strange tobaccos in smoky coffeehouses, a language described by the unkind as the product of an untreated throat infection, and that bland tasting cheese with the chewy red rind (which nobody ever tells you that you aren't supposed to try and eat). They're all there. Oh, and a semi-misunderstanding relationship with colonial cousins in, er, "Africa", who speak broadly the same language, and in that time and place have somewhat illiberal social ideas. Next door to "Sto Kerrig" is a strange border region where "sto helit sprouts" are cultivated and a related language called "Phlegmish" is spoken.

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    Music 
  • The song "A Windmill in Old Amsterdam" was a 1965 hit for Ronnie Hicks. It contains many of the stereotypes as it is about a mouse in clogs who lives in a windmill in Amsterdam.

    Video Games 
  • In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, there's an entire level dedicated to this trope: Flight of Fancy. It takes places in the Dutch town of Kinderdijk, with a full compliment of windmills, flowerpots full of tulips, fields full of hay stacks, and even a leaky dike. Two of the three flavors of mooks in the level (hares and rams) wear wooden clogs.
  • The Kinderdijk stage in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium has a few windmills.
  • The Netherland Stage in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 takes place in a field of tulips with windmill and is appropriately named Tulip Festival.
  • Windmillville from Mario Party 7 plays it about as straight as one can get in a Mario game.
  • Daisy Hills in Mario Kart 7 gives off serious vibes of this trope, with windmills, flowers and an overly cheery, rural flair. It is mixed with some alpine, Austrian motifs as well.

    Western Animation 
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: During Cartman's performance of "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch", there's a segment where he and the other South Park elementary boys are depicted as people from around the world. The Dutch (singing gibberish like the other nationalities depicted) are shown in traditional clothing with windmills in the background.
  • Alfred J. Kwak: Alfred's home country Great Waterland is an affectionate caricature of the Netherlands (the creator is Dutch), largely composed of polders. Alfred even lives in a huge clog. While generally pretty accurate, this does not prevent the show from introducing the occasional sudden waterfall. Running OUT of the country, no less.
  • Appears on the Futurama episode "Crimes of the Hot", as Morbo and Linda report on a turtle migration to Holland.
    Morbo: Morbo wishes these stalwart nomads peace among the Dutch tulips.
    Linda: At least all those windmills will keep them cool.
    Morbo: WINDMILLS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOOD NIGHT!
  • The Puppetoons short "Tulips Shall Grow" is an allegory of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, with the two main characters a boy and girl depicted in traditional Dutch clothes cavorting through tulip fields.
  • The Classic Disney Short "In Dutch", with Pluto the Pup delivering milk in a typical Dutch town and trying to stop a dike leak.
  • The Mickey Mouse (2013) short "Clogged" is set in Holland, with Minnie in a peasant costume working on her tulip garden and trying to fix the windmill that waters it.

Alternative Title(s): Hollywood Holland

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