Also known as Holland, the Netherlands is located in the North-West of Europe. There are 13 research universities and 36 public universities of applied sciences (in Dutch: hogescholen), which are focused more on professional education. The country is known for its high quality of education and is the home of many international students. In 2018 122 thousand international students were studying here. On average, over 10% of all enrolled students are international.[FN] The fact that 90% of the population speaks English[FN] makes it really easy to communicate with the locals.