A: If you guessed “Wilhelmus van Nassouwe” for this one (which we’re sure most of you did), then you’re correct. For those of you who don’t know much about the Dutch, “Willhelmus van Nassouwe” happens to be the national anthem of the Netherlands. Dating from around 1568, a turbulent time for the Dutch as they struggled with longtime enemy Spain, it’s also one of the only anthems about a specific person, not a nation. And what person is this, you ask? Well, if the title doesn’t give it away, you can take a look at the first letter of each of the fifteen verses of the anthem. Arranged together, they spell WILLEM VAN NASSOV, the Dutch name of Prince William I of Orange-Nassau.
As for the content of the anthem, it recounts Prince William addressing the oppressed people of Holland after he tried — and failed — three times to free them from oppression under the Spaniards. Not the most inspiring of lyrics, it would seem. You critics out there could say the national anthem of Netherlands is really a song of defeat; but, hey, let’s not overlook that nifty word puzzle they’ve got going on. If you’re the world’s oldest official national anthem, you gotta be doing something right.