There is plenty of space.There is potential enough space for the entire world population if you literally complete the Netherlands with skyscrapers and food imports. As far as the 18.6 million, the Netherlands is already no longer…
It is more important to strive for an optimal population.Too low a population is insufficient specialisation and shortages. Too high a population will often create resentment over finite resources, mainly soil.
Is it possible?Sure. Is it desirable? No.
Based on the data on Wikipedia[1 We can provide insight into the population structure of the Netherlands.Below is the graph which shows the population growth per year (average population year-average population the year before).
In% of the population (last column Wiki) this looks similar, especially after the second half of the 20th century.
What this beautiful shows is that in the early 20th century the Dutch population grew hard compared to the total number of inhabitants, but since the end of the years 60 population growth was relatively less hard.
It is nice that the CBS is making a prediction for the year 2060 and that a question about “enough space” is coming out, but what we also have to say is that the CBS[2 is based on an average life expectancy of about 85 -90 years, some content that A substantial number of people born between 1965 and 1975 will still be alive.
The declining trend in population growth was only started in the early years 80, so the 2060 forecast could be around the maximum number of inhabitants.
What is very relevant to this issue is not only the “space enough” question, but also how we deal with the very high number of old inhabitants of the country.Elderly people have a very different kind of space in need of space as young individuals or families with children.
The CBS has also acknowledged this, given the forecasts:
This makes the question “There is enough space” has a different dynamism from the 2060 perspective than from the 2018 perspective: More elderly and fewer children.
The Netherlands has enough space for 18.6 million inhabitants, but needs to take into account the changing demographics in the future.
There is certainly still enough space.
The Netherlands is a densely populated country, where relatively many people live on relatively little land. This means that population centres (towns, villages, metropolitan agglomerations) are close to each other. At the same time, the built-up areas are still separated by agricultural and natural land, and there is plenty of room to take a nice walk and to enjoy nature, or to recreate. Our country is not too full. Israel, India, Taiwan, Rwanda, Japan and South Korea have about the same population density, and also these countries have not been defined by tightness.
So yes, for an American or Russian, the Netherlands seems to be a very small dot on the map with a very large population.For their definitions, the Netherlands is a metropolitan area, but we know better in the Netherlands; Moreover, we do not have to drive days if we have to be somewhere else in the country.
That is all about what you know under space and what is ‘ enough ‘.
You would be able to build the Netherlands, as was said earlier, with skyscrapers and import food on a large scale.Then we get a kind of Hong Kong. That may well be in theory, but that certainly does not seem desirable. Now that 18.6 million people will not have such a momentum, but where do you finally lay the limit?
Personally, I think that with the right landscape design, infrastructure, architecture and urbanism, economy and food production you have to be able to accommodate 18.6 million people in the Netherlands.That is a considerable challenge. That’s it already. Many cities are already dealing with bicycle infarcts, the highways are congested and even the tracks can no longer be expanded (the spores network of the Netherlands is one of the most compact, busiest and most complicated in the world) you will Need to build a lot of underground.
From the more humane/philosophical approach, I believe that we are already living with too many people in the Netherlands.Nature (as far as we still have in the Netherlands) is very much in the oppression. The Netherlands truncates trees at a pace faster than in the Amazon. The nature we do have is frequented by tourists and townspeople who seek the peace and space. There is no place for real wild nature, everything is organized, laid out and contained. In fact, we live in one large park with a number of built-up areas in it (for example, the Americans see US). There has been enough scientific research that shows that only the view of greenery around us (trees in the street) makes us quieter and happier. Full cities where people live close to each other cause stress and blunting in my opinion. The latter must be, because with so many stimuli around you, people automatically shut themselves off from self-protection. That seems to me to be no desirable and pleasant development.
So it’s just where you put your priorities and what you think is important.I prefer to live in a quieter country with plenty of space and nature. A country that can provide itself almost completely with food. A country where you don’t have to do too much trouble to be surrounded by nature and where you can literally be alone, without people walking around everywhere. If the Netherlands becomes more and more densely populated, that is a serious reason for me to emigrate.
There is certainly enough space, the question is whether society can cope with the differences between them.Jealousy plays a major role in this. We are willing to share our possessions with our fellow man. We all believe that we are equal and that everyone deserves equal opportunities. But as soon as you have to share your front yard with your neighbor, it will be scary close. It is the responsibility of every individual in the Netherlands to be able to work together through a door. Now the Government and policy plays a role in this, but we as residents must be prepared to work for a society in which everyone can have their place.