The continental Netherlands lies within the continent of Europe. The Netherlands also has three islands located in the Caribbean. The Netherlands borders the North Sea and is situated between Germany and Belgium.
The three largest and most-influential cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Amsterdam is the nation's capital, The Hague contains the seat of Dutch government, and Rotterdam has the largest port found in Europe. The total area of the Netherlands is 16,039 square miles, and the county had an estimated population of 16,856,620 people as of 2014. The continental Netherlands has a mostly temperate climate with cool summers and mild winters.