The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the The Netherlands, consisting of twelve provinces in western Europe and three islands in the Caribbean. The name originates from "nether lands" meaning "low lands" as most of the country is either almost at, or below, sea level.
HistoryDuring the 1970s, pedophiles were able to organize more freely in countries such as the Netherlands, which were rapidly seen as one of the main centers of the pedophile movement. A federation of working groups on pedophilia was established within the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Seksuele Hervorming (NVSH) in 1971 and the powerful Cultuur en Ontspannings Centrum (COC Nederland) itself became more tolerant from 1975 as a result of a change among the leaders of the organization and of a greater pervasiveness of gay liberation ideas.
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