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Staving Douglas Koller:

>It seems to have improved in recent years, at least among my own
>coterie of friends, but in the hoarfrost of the 70's, England/(Great)
>Britain meant the whole of the UK. For those of us scrambling to be
>correct, it's "the Netherlands," and "the United Kingdom" is united
>because it's composed of four constituents.

A Dutch colleague habitually refers to his country as "Holland", in
preference to "the Netherlands". Whether this is a particularly Southern
Dutch habit or not, I don't know, but he seems to regard "Holland" as more
correct.

Pete