With 5 international courts including theInternational Court of Justiceand the International Criminal Court located in Hague, Netherlands, it is often referred to as the "the world's legal capital".
But that's not all this country is known for. Fiercely liberal, Netherlands became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001. Abortion, prostitution and euthanasia (mercy killing) are also legalised in the country.
Interestingly, in 2013, the United Nations World Happiness Report ranked the Netherlands as the seventh happiest country in the world, reflecting its high quality of life.
It's no wonder the Netherlands has a reputation for all things sex, and if in doubt, check out 5 reasons why it can be regarded as the world's sex capital.
1. Prostitution is legal: Not many places can boast of this but with a licence, you're free to practice prostitution, while operating a brothel is also legal. In addition, sex workers are required to undergo regular health checks at the government's expense, while brothel owners and room operators often require health certificates before employing or leasing rooms.
2. There's an entire museum dedicated to sex: The Sexmuseum, Amsterdam is a popular tourist attraction which as the name suggests, showcases all things sex.
3. Red light district: De Wallenis the largest and best known red-light district in Amsterdam and consists of a network of alleys containing approximately 301 cabins rented by prostitutes. Also on offer in this neighbourhood are sex shops, sex theatres, peep shows, a sex museum, a cannabis museum, and a number of coffee shops that sell marijuana.
4. There are sex drive-ins: Just like you can drive through an eatery to purchase fast food, some Dutch cities provide facilities calledafwerkplek, a sex drive-in enclosure for cars for street prostitution.
5. It's legal to pay with sex:It's legal to pay for driving classes with sex provided the proposition was made by the teacher and both parties are consenting adults (18 and over). This came after transport ministerMelanie Schultz van Haegenand Justice ministerArd van der Steurwrote a letter to the Dutch parliament in response to a question fromGert-Jan Segers, a member of parliament. Segers sought a ban on paying for lessons with sex because he claimed the students do not have a license to practice prostitution and do not pay the tax required of professionals in the prostitution industry. The ministers however said in their letter that it does not constitute prostitution if it was suggested by the teacher and not the student. Go figure!