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They are sometimes used in a deictic relation to a higher ground that consecutively is indicated as Upper, Boven, Oben, Superior or Haut.
It also ranks joint third highest in the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, along with Australia.
The Dukes of Burgundy, who ruled the Low Countries in the 15th century, used the term les pays de par deçà (~ the lands over here) for the Low Countries as opposed to les pays de par delà (~ the lands over there) for their original homeland: Burgundy in present-day east-central France.
From a regional point of view, Niderlant was also the area between the Meuse and the lower Rhine in the late Middle Ages.
The area known as Oberland (High country) was in this deictic context considered to begin approximately at the nearby higher located Cologne.
From the mid-sixteenth century on, "the Low Countries" and "the Netherlands" lost their original deictic meaning.
The Netherlands' turbulent history and shifts of power resulted in exceptionally many and widely varying names in different languages. This holds also for English, where Dutch is the adjective form and the misnomer Holland a synonym for the country "the Netherlands".