The Rijkswaterstaat (also known as RWS) is the body that carries out the policies of the traffic and water management ministry. Its jobs include protecting the country from flooding (not unimportant in a land where two-thirds of the population live below sea level) which it does by maintaining Holland’s 2,500 kms of dams and dykes. The RWS is also responsible for managing the country’s trafficAll typical untranslatable Dutch words and expressions translated in the Dictionairy of Dutchness
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