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SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Netherlands and Amsterdam and be aware of all potential dangers.
Are the Netherlands (Holland) a Safe or Dangerous Country?The Netherlands are very safe country. Crimes rates are very low compared to southern European countries, and law is strictly enforced. It is ranked 16th on the ranking of world’s safest countries. Pickpockets may sometimes be an issue in urban areas cities or at crowded events (see below on Amsterdam). There is a national toll-free number for emergencies, the 112. Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, if the prostitute gives her consents (therefore pimping is illegal). The detention of small amounts (under 5grams) of cannabis (weed) are tolerated throughout the country, and coffeeshops sell some cannabis to customers over 18 year old. Hard drugs are still strictly enforced. Recent terrorist attacks have happened in neighboring countries (France and Belgium);and while tourists should raise their level of caution, the police presence has been greatly increased in large cities to deter further attacks. While very few tourists have been victims of these attacks, the terrorist threat is reflected in the safety ranking. For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
The Netherlands are very safe country. They are ranked 16th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in the Netherlands. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
The Netherlands are an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in the Netherlands and Amsterdam. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in the Netherlands.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There are no natural hazards in the Netherlands.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
The Netherlands have not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
The Netherlands are generally very safe for women travelers.