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Indian president to visit "tulip country", the Netherlands

The President of India is visiting the Netherlands in the first week of April, 2022. During this month, the tulips transform big parts of the country into a colorful patchwork quilt. More than 7 million flower bulbs bloom in spring at the Keukenhof gardens, the world’s biggest flower exhibition. 30 minutes’ drive from Amsterdam, Keukenhof is the most beautiful spring garden in the world which shows flowers not only outdoors, but also indoors.

The long spring season with cold nights makes The Netherlands the perfect country for tulip growing. In fact, 15 January is the national Tulip Day in the Netherlands when fresh tulips grown in greenhouses are for sale in every flower shop in Holland. The flowers are said to have been introduced to the country in the late 16th century by biologist Carolus Clausius from Vienna. 

India-Dutch relations go back to more than 400 years; official relations were established in 1947. India’s economic growth, its large market and its pool of knowledge workers are of interest to The Netherlands. The two countries also share common ideals of democracy, pluralism, and the rule of law. Bilateral ties have been marked by growing official and commercial relations. The Netherlands hosts the second largest Indian diaspora (after the UK) in Europe and the largest Indian diaspora community in mainland Europe including 3000 students.

This year India and The Netherlands are commemorating 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. To mark the occasion, a special logo has been unveiled to commemorate 75 years of diplomatic relations. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to recognize India’s independence. There are Dutch investments in India and there are Indian companies based in the Netherlands.

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