Wednesday 19 February 2020

Some 85% of the Netherlands is still woods and countryside

New housing under construction in Amsterdam

Almost 60,000 hectares of Dutch countryside and farmland have been converted to housing or industrial estates and roads in the past 20 years, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

The increase means some 15% of the Netherlands has now been built on, the CBS said. It made the calculation by comparing arial photographs.

Some 75% of the newly built-up land was previously farmland, and residential property accounted for just under half of the developments.

Buildings account for more than half the space in 34 of the Netherlands’ local authority areas, led by Westland (76%), where greenhouse culture dominates. In Rotterdam, 65% of the land has been built on, in Amsterdam 57%. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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