The Netherlands and the Dutch

A Physical and Human Geography

  • Eduardo F. J. De Mulder
  • Ben C. De Pater
  • Joos C. Droogleever Fortuijn

Part of the World Regional Geography Book Series book series (WRGBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Eduardo F. J. De Mulder
    Pages 1-5
  3. Eduardo F. J. De Mulder
    Pages 7-34
  4. Eduardo F. J. De Mulder
    Pages 35-58
  5. Eduardo F. J. De Mulder
    Pages 59-79
  6. Jerry Van Dijk
    Pages 81-104
  7. Ben C. De Pater
    Pages 105-118
  8. Ben C. De Pater
    Pages 119-143
  9. Joos C. Droogleever Fortuijn
    Pages 145-162
  10. Ben C. De Pater
    Pages 163-177
  11. Len A. De Klerk
    Pages 179-192
  12. Joos C. Droogleever Fortuijn
    Pages 193-210
  13. Ben C. De Pater
    Pages 211-232
  14. Joos C. Droogleever Fortuijn
    Pages 233-254
  15. Joos C. Droogleever Fortuijn, Eduardo F. J. De Mulder, Ben C. De Pater
    Pages 255-259

About this book


This book presents a geographical survey of the Netherlands, reviewing recent and historic developments that made the nation. It is a relatively wealthy country and the Dutch belong to the happiest and healthiest on earth. But these qualities are not evenly spread over the country. The urban agglomeration of Randstad Holland in the west hosts most of the nation’s capital and young, well-educated people whereas older and less-educated people are concentrated in the peripheral areas in the north, east and south.

Interactions between physical and human geographical aspects of the Netherlands are described quite extensively. Its position on one of Europe’s most prominent deltas, its abundance of energy resources and the course of history have all contributed to its present national position and international networks. But early and recent Dutch have also shaped this country. They reclaimed lakes and shallow seas, protected the lowlands against floods, re-allotted land parcels and designed and developed urban areas. Besides its focus on water-related topics, the book also covers social and cultural aspects. The book also discusses future challenges and offers scenarios for solutions.

This is a book for those interested in a wide variety of recent aspects of the geography of the Netherlands described in a historical context. It appeals to students and researchers of many disciplines in geography, urban and landscape planning, water management, history and cultural studies.


Natural Environment of the Netherlands Dutch Economic Systems History and Political Development of the Netherlands Physical and Human Interactions Geomorphology and Landscapes Climate Change effects in the Netherlands Dutch Urbanization Conservation in the Netherlands

Authors and affiliations

  • Eduardo F. J. De Mulder
    • 1
  • Ben C. De Pater
    • 2
  • Joos C. Droogleever Fortuijn
    • 3
  1. 1.Delft Technical University (Emeritus)HaarlemThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Human Geography and Spatial PlanningUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Geography, Planning and International Development StudiesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-75072-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-75073-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2363-9083
  • Series Online ISSN 2363-9091
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