I feel dumb for not knowing this... "In English the country is called 'the Netherlands' (or frequently - but inaccurately - 'Holland'), while the people and the language are called 'Dutch'. In many languages, 'Holland' (Hollande, Holanda etc.) is a common name for the Netherlands as a whole. Even the Dutch use this sometimes. Strictly speaking, Holland is only the central-western region of the country comprising two of the twelve provinces, North Holland and South Holland. " Not unlike I thought New Zealand was above Australia because on maps it was always in a box to the side to 'fit' on the page. I learned this from a shower curtain a house mate had. I'm not helping the 'Americans are stupid' stereotype.