Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to the Netherlands?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Netherlands und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Netherlands
COutlets of type CFOutlets of type FOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About the Netherlands

Flag: About the Netherlands

The Netherlands are a country in Europe (Western Europe) with about 16.9 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 42 000 km². The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam (742 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Dutch; Flemish and Western Frisian.

The neighbors of the Netherlands are Belgium and Germany.

TLD: .nlCurrency: EURCountry calling code: +31Country Code : NL
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands use power outlets of type C and F. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in the Netherlands.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in the Netherlands?

The voltage in the Netherlands is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in the Netherlands, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in the Netherlands?

The utility frequency in the Netherlands is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in the Netherlands, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in the Netherlands, you should not use the device!