The Netherlands is a nation in the Northwestern part of Europe with a population close to 17 million people. It is in many ways very different from many other European countries being famous for its focus on tolerance and on individual freedom. There is also religious freedom, but anti-discrimination legislation challenges Christian beliefs and integrity.
The Dutch have a great history as a Christian nation. There has been a good fight for religious freedom, ministry to refugees and Jews and a record of extensive involvement in missions around the globe.
But now the nation is very different from its past. The society has developed into a very secular society with a declining number of Christians. There are few restrictions on drugs, deviant lifestyles, prostitution, homosexuality and abortion. The Netherlands is also the first country to legalize euthanasia.
The Christianity has in many ways reached its rock bottom. The Roman Catholic Church has gone from a membership on 41% in 1975 to a membership on 26% in 2010 (other reports say 18%). The Protestant churches have also experienced a great decrease from 60% in 1900 to 18% in 2010.