Environmental Data Compendium
64 factsheets about the environment

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.


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Net labour participation, 2016

Indicator | 9 January 2018

Net labour participation in the Netherlands rose slightly in 2016 compared to the previous year. Regional differences in labour participation are limited in general. Only... more

House prices, 2016

Indicator | 31 May 2017

House prices (excluding new construction) were 5.0 percent higher on average in 2016 than in 2015. House buyers paid an average 244 thousand euros for a house. For the third year in a... more

Population growth, 2011-2016

Indicator | 29 August 2016

Population growth rates were high in the four major cities of the Netherlands from 2011 to 2016. There was a strong correlation between municipality size and population growth: in... more

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

Net labour participation, 2015

Indicator | 29 June 2016

The labour participation in the Netherlands has not changed in 2015 relative to the preceding year. In general, regional differences are small, although the labour participation rates... more

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