In the Netherlands, the legal situation is only slightly Wetboek van Strafrecht different from that in Germany. Indeed, Section 430a1), Third Book (Minor Offences), Part II (Minor Offences related to Public Order), of the Dutch penal code applies to public nudity, and provides for a fine of at most 400 EUR if someone is, according to the law, “outside the areas declared by the commune for the purpose of unclothed public recreation, in a public place unsuitable for the purpose of unclothed recreation.“ However, according to the judgment by the Court of Justice of the Hague in the Delftse-Hout case, dated 11 July 2014, the place in question needs to be “very clearly unsuitable“ and thus the municipal declaration of appropriate areas is no longer a criterion. Something similar is to be found in a more recent judgment by another court dated 23 January 2017 regarding a nude hike in the nature preserve Horsterwold in the province of Flevoland.
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1) Dutch Penal Code (Inofficial translation to English)

Source in Dutch:
Wetboek van Strafrecht, Artikel 430a