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Netherlands Translation Style Guide

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Full name: Kingdom of the Netherlands. Holland is only part of the Netherlands (the provinces North and South Holland). The correct adjective is Dutch: the Dutch Government, the Dutch delegation, Dutch industry, etc., notwithstanding certain proper names such as the former Netherlands Antilles, which was dissolved on 10 October 2010, although Curaçao and Sint Maarten have retained the Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG) while waiting for the creation of a common currency in 2012 (the Caribbean guilder).

Official language: Dutch.

Geography

Cities

Always write The Hague with a capital T except when used attributively (e.g. the Hague Convention).

Rivers and other bodies of water

Use the forms Meuse (Maas only if the context is solely the Netherlands) and Moselle (Mosel only if the context is solely Germany). Write Rhine for Rhein, Rhin, and Rijn. Write Ijsselmeer (without capital J) and Wattenmeer.

Islands

Use West Friesian Islands for Waddeneilanden.

Regions

  • NEDERLAND > NETHERLANDS
  • Noord-Nederland > North Netherlands
    • Groningen > Groningen
    • Friesland > Friesland
    • Drenthe > Drenthe
  • Oost-Nederland > East Netherlands
    • Overijssel > Overijssel
    • Gelderland > Gelderland
    • Flevoland > Flevoland
  • West-Nederland > West Netherlands
    • Utrecht > Utrecht
    • Noord-Holland > North Holland
    • Zuid-Holland > South Holland
    • Zeeland > Zeeland
  • Zuid-Nederland > South Netherlands
    • Noord-Brabant > North Brabant
    • Limburg > Limburg

Judicial bodies

  • arbeidshof > labour court
  • arbeidsrechtbank > labour tribunal
  • arrondissement > judicial district
  • arrondissementsparket > office of the public prosecutor of a judicial district
  • arrondissementsrechtbank > district court
  • Centrale Raad van Beroep > Court of last instance in social security matters
  • College van Beroep voor het Bedrijfsleven > Administrative court of last instance in matters of trade and industry
  • correctionele rechtbank > criminal court
  • economische politierechter > magistrate dealing with commercial offences
  • gerechtsgebouw > law courts
  • Gerechtshof > Court of Appeal
  • Hoge Raad der Nederlanden > Supreme Court of the Netherlands
  • kamer van koophandel en fabrieken > chamber of commerce and industry
  • kantongerecht > cantonal court
  • officier van justitie > public prosecutor (representative of openbaar ministerie at arrondissementsrechtbank and kantongerecht)
  • openbaar ministerie > public prosecutor’s department
  • procureur generaal > public prosecutor (representative of openbaar ministerie at Hoge Raad and Gerechtshof)
  • Raad van Arbeid > Labour Council (family allowances board)
  • Raad van Beroep > Social Security Court
  • Raad van State, Afdeling Rechtspraak > State Council, Administrative Appeal Section
  • rechtbank van eerste aanleg > court of first instance
  • rechtbank van koophandel > commercial court
  • Rijk > European territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Rijks Sociale Verzekeringsraad > National Social Security Council
  • Tariefcommissie > Administrative court of last instance in revenue matters

Legal instruments

  • algemene maatregel van bestuur > general administrative regulation
  • beschikking > decision
  • besluit > decree
  • Grondwet > Constitution
  • koninklijk besluit > royal decree
  • memorie van toelichting > explanatory memorandum (to a bill)
  • ministeriële regeling > ministerial order
  • overheidsbeschikking > executive decision
  • Staatsblad > Bulletin of Acts and Decrees
  • Staatscourant > Government Gazette
  • Tractatenblad > Collection of treaties and conventions
  • wet > act/law
  • Wetboek van Burgerlijke Rechtsvordering > Code of Civil Procedure (now the Gerechtelijk Wetboek)
  • Wetboek van Koophandel > Commercial Code
  • Wetboek van Strafvordering > Code of Criminal Procedure

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