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Cities in the Netherlands

Report | 30-05-2016

In the Netherlands, about three quarters of the population live in urban areas and almost 80% of the jobs can be found there. In 2015, the Dutch Government launched its Agenda Stad, a national urban agenda. Agenda Stad aims to promote economic growth, improve liveability and stimulate innovation in urban areas.

The publication ‘Cities in the Netherlands’ contains 12 infographics providing facts and figures on recent urban developments in the context of the Dutch Agenda Stad.

‘Cities in the Netherlands’ provides insight into the most important facts and factors affecting our cities in an accessible way. How have cities developed in the recent past? How many people live and work in cities and their environs? And how does the structure of Dutch cities compare to those in other European countries?

Link to infographic: 'Dutch Agenda Stad '
Link to infographic: 2'Dutch Agenda Stad '

This infographic explains the main objectives and shows the three priority areas of the Dutch national Agenda Stad.

Link to infographic: 'Cities are popular'
Link to infographic: 2'Cities are popular'

This infographic shows the population change in the 2000–2014 period on a grid of 2x2 kilometres.

Link to infographic: 'An urban nation'
Link to infographic: 2'An urban nation'

This infographic shows important characteristics of the city and the surrounding commuting zone, such as the share of population, jobs and land use.

Link to infographic: 'Less growth and more decline'
Link to infographic: 2'Less growth and more decline'

This infographic shows the population growth and decline per municipality in the past period (1997–2012) and includes a projection for the future period (2012–2027).

Link to infographic: 'The gravitational pull of the Randstad'
Link to infographic: 2'The gravitational pull of the Randstad'

This infographic shows the population growth and migration flows per region in the past, present and future period.

Link to infographic: 'Large cities attract migrants'
Link to infographic: 2'Large cities attract migrants'

This infographic shows the yearly immigration and emigration rates in the four largest Dutch cities.

Link to infographic: 'Cities are where the jobs are'
Link to infographic: 2'Cities are where the jobs are'

This infographic shows the number of jobs in the year 2012 on a grid of 2x2 kilometres.

Link to infographic: 'Economic growth has many faces'
Link to infographic: 2'Economic growth has many faces'

This infographic shows employment growth and labour productivity growth in European urban regions for the 1980–2012 period.

Link to infographic: 'Income disparities in the city'
Link to infographic: 2'Income disparities in the city'

The maps in this infographic show the level of income and the share of the population with a non-western background in Amsterdam, The Hague and Arnhem.

Link to infographic: 'Wealthier = Healthier'
Link to infographic: 2'Wealthier = Healthier'

This infographic shows the life expectancy and the socio-economic status per municipality.

Link to infographic: 'Cities as incubators for innovation'
Link to infographic: 2'Cities as incubators for innovation'

This infographic shows a ranking of European regions by patents and eco-patents, and includes a map showing the level of clustering of Cleantech companies. 

Link to infographic: 'A day in the life of Amsterdam'
Link to infographic: 2'A day in the life of Amsterdam'

This infographic shows the population change per day in Amsterdam in 1980 and 2010 and includes a projection for 2040.

Author(s)Kersten Nabielek; David Hamers; David Evers
Report no.2470
Publication date30-05-2016
Pages31
LanguageEngels