Philippines, Netherlands

AirbusA321

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Do I always have to use "the" before "Netherlands" and "Philippines"?

F.ex. in sentences like:
Flying back to the Netherlands from the Philippines is always an exhausting experience.
or
Which place do you like more, the Philippines or the Netherlands?

I could imagine that sometimes "the" is not necessary.
 

Rover_KE

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Click here. 'Netherlands' is often used attributively; 'Philippines' not so much.
 
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GoesStation

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It would be unusual to use "Netherlands" attributively in American English.
 

Roman55

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I don't like it used like that in BrE either but you do come across it, especially in sports journalism.
 
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