Spatial developments

Accessibility, defined as the distance between place of residence and place of work, has improved marginally over the past decade, but the average speed of cars and trains has decreased marginally. More locations are easily accessible by public transport, but population and employment have risen most rapidly in locations situated in the vicinity of motorways. The quality of life appears to have improved, but flood protection does not meet the standards.

The editors have selected the most important indicators. Together, they provide a picture of the current state of spatial developments.



Regional economic growth, 2014

Indicator | 29 June 2016

Excluding the sector mineral extraction, the Dutch economy grew 1.6 percent in 2014, following two years of contraction. Economic growth including mineral extraction was only 1.0... more

Regional economic growth, 2013

Indicator | 9 October 2015

The Dutch economy contracted 0.7 % in 2013. Temperatures were extremely low during the winter period of 2013. More natural gas was extracted, which had a strong upward effect on GDP.... more

Regional economic growth, 2012

Indicator | 5 December 2014

The Dutch economy contracted 1.2 % in 2012 and has been in recession since the second quarter of 2011 preceded by a period of economic recovery after the historic 3.7 % downturn in... more

Unoccupied dwellings, 2013

Indicator | 26 September 2014

On 1 January 2013, more than 390 thousand homes in the Netherlands were unoccupied. This is 5 percent of all housing in the country. Four percent of one-family houses and eight... more

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