Sustainable spatial planning: the Netherlands and Sweden

The Netherlands is your partner in sustainability and spatial planning.

The Netherlands is a densely populated country in the delta of major European rivers like the Rhine, Maas and Scheldt. A large part of the Netherlands lies below sea level. In order to deal with challenges like population growth, urbanisation, pressure on infrastructure and the effects of climate change, we need an innovative and sustainable approach to spatial planning. The Netherlands has a lot of experience in this field.

Some examples:


Re-using materials is becoming more and more central to the Dutch economy. Wastage of energy and raw materials is kept to a minimum. The Netherlands is keen to exchange ideas with other countries about building a circular economy.


In the Netherlands there are more bicycles than people. Dutch people make widespread use of this cheap, healthy and green mode of transportation. The Dutch are experts at integrating cycle paths  safely into urban infrastructure.


Dutch roads are sustainable and interactive. Traffic flow is managed via information panels over the roads, based on the volume of traffic and the weather conditions.

Sustainable construction

As one of the world's most densely populated countries, the Netherlands must use its space efficiently. The Netherlands has a lot of knowledge about green construction methods. More and more houses are energy-neutral.

Flood safety

Protection against rising sea levels and other effects of climate change is of vital importance to the Netherlands. That's why the Netherlands has an extensive system of dikes and flood defences.

Sustainable urban planning: the Netherlands and your country or region

See also

  • Dutch Cycling Embassy The Dutch Cycling Embassy is a public private network for sustainable bicycle inclusive mobility. They represent the best of Dutch Cycling: knowledge, experience and experts offered by private companies, NGO’s, research institutions, national and local governments. They are a partner to foreign parties that want to promote their cycling with the help of Dutch expertise. The Dutch Cycling Embassy answers questions and requests about Dutch cycling standards and receives delegations from all over the world. Whether your goals involve research, planning, policy-making, product development, manufacturing, construction or building, the Dutch Cycling Embassy can help you find the best possible partners.
  • Smart Mobility Embassy The Smart Mobility Embassy functions as an intermediary, bringing parties who need Dutch expertise and capabilities in the area of Smart Mobility together with Dutch parties who can offer these services. It is a public-private network within which national and local authorities, knowledge institutions and companies make their knowledge, experience and testing capabilities available. The Smart Mobility Embassy acts as an intermediary between the Netherlands and the rest of the world: government-to-government, business-to-government, government-to-business and business-to-business.