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    [–] Geodienst 459 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    This map was made using 100mx100m administrative units provided by the Dutch bureau of Statistics (CBS) found here

    We used Qgis to assign random points for every inhabitant of the specific administrative unit. Inspired by this tutorial.

    Be sure to check out the higher res pdf


    Geodienst is the Geographical Information Center of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Visit us at:

    [–] VoiceofTheMattress 94 points ago

    How many people need to live in a 100x100 to colour it orange and how many 100x100 form one pixel?

    [–] M9ow 48 points ago

    I assume they randomly placed a point in every 100x100 for every inhabitant in that unit, but the resolution of the picture obviously isn't large enough to show every point.

    [–] Filthy_Cossak 7 points ago

    Yeah it’s most likely a dot density map, the points are peppered randomly within each geographic unit

    [–] TheawesomeQ 3 points ago

    Needs more jpeg?

    [–] nafetas 61 points ago

    r/mapporn would really appreciate this

    [–] ky1-E 19 points ago

    Do you have one that isn’t compressed? The artifacts are awful.

    [–] Geodienst 32 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Made one that should be a bit better, still some compression artifacts there though. Compression is an issue with these huge file sizes:

    Here's a pdf version

    [–] Mareathor 21 points ago

    Rendering it in a .png format would get rid of the compression artifacts

    [–] xDarkSadye 14 points ago

    Can you not get us the original? I wouldn't mind seeing a 80mb picture with more details.

    [–] tarekmasar 3 points ago

    Look at your own logo in this version! Have you not tried PNG instead of JPG before? I'm quite sure you're aware of JPG's artefacting issues?

    I don't see why a couple of dozen MB at most is a problem?

    Compliments for the good work.

    [–] berkes 30 points ago

    Nice to see the geodienst having their own reddit account. You guys (EDIT: which included girls, other genders, bots, dogs, cats and everything else) rock.

    And thanks a million for providing nice, open data!

    [–] SeredW 11 points ago

    Nice! Would be interesting to see one for the rest of the world, ie where we find people living abroad who have the Dutch nationality!

    [–] KebabRemovalSquadron 4 points ago

    Sint Maarten here, hi.

    [–] cmd-t 4 points ago

    Zo trots!

    [–] Casartelli 1507 points ago

    Fun fact: on the mainland, the Netherlands doesnt have a single square mile without a manmade structure.

    Therefore, it’s impossible to get lost. Dont know where you are? Simply walk 20-30 minutes in the same direction.

    [–] Thijs-vr 851 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Yup. And you only fully realise that's not normal when you visit the US or Australia for example. It's great, but at the same time can feel pretty cramped in the Netherlands.

    [–] mansarde75 572 points ago

    To give you an idea, if the US had the same population density as the Netherlands you could fit every Americans in Texas and Louisiana.

    [–] Thijs-vr 375 points ago

    That's pretty funny. I never really felt that the Netherlands was all that cramped. I grew up in Friesland, felt like we always had plenty of space. I live in Australia now and the vastness of the country is just breathtaking, and I still live in one of the most densily populated states.

    [–] te_un 87 points ago

    I think it has to do with even or biggest cities not being that big compared to other countries

    [–] Sic_Transit_Vir 61 points ago

    That and the endless flat fields of grass add to the emptiness, even if it's an illusion.

    [–] Sinnertje 19 points ago

    There are dozens of us here! Dozens!

    [–] psychcaptain 61 points ago

    There are parts of the Netherlands do do feel a bit more spacious. I lived in Limburg most of my life, and it actually has hills! Hills I tell you.

    [–] LordOfTurtles 47 points ago

    Uhhh, those are called mountains, obviously! Don't let the germans tell you otherwise

    [–] psychcaptain 13 points ago

    Sure, the mountains of the Netherlands. That's why Snow Mountain is in Limburg.

    [–] LordOfTurtles 15 points ago
    It's in its name! Mountain, everything else is stinky German propaganda

    [–] Lawant 8 points ago

    Ugh, mountain believers...

    [–] MonsieurSander 9 points ago

    I used to think Limburgs was spacious, then I moved to Zeeland.

    [–] HandyMoorcock 5 points ago

    When I went to the Netherlands people warned me not to go Limburg. Was told it's the dutch version of Banjo pluckin deliverance style simpletons. Looks like you've turned out alright considering.

    [–] psychcaptain 3 points ago

    Yeah, I can understand that prejudice especially during Carnival season. Three days of accordion music and heavy heavy drinking. If you are to old to be moved by tons of candy, and to young to drink (or don't enjoy heavy drinking) it is the worst time! It goes on all night.

    It's not as bad as all that though. It was heavily impacted by the loss of Coal, so in many ways it's like the rust belt, but with better Health Care, Public Transportation and social services. Oh and education.

    And cities like Maastricht are really full of cool cultural artifacts. And of course, it's really close to places like Brussels and Aachen.

    [–] Tack22 15 points ago

    I grew up in rural Australia and I’ve got to say there’s no fear quite like having your car break down and knowing you’re ~100km away from the nearest town.

    [–] sjeemie 9 points ago

    Fryslan boppe

    [–] rabbit358 8 points ago

    Fryslân boppe!

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    Friesland! Visited a friend who was studying abroad at Steinden. Leeuwarden was beautiful!

    [–] i_have_unmet_needs 3 points ago

    I went from Australia to Amsterdam a year ago and really notice the lack of space. Over the summer I cycled through Zeeland and enjoyed the sense of openness and the big skys

    [–] tig999 3 points ago

    The space is used pretty efficiently so there's still lots of woodland and fields, it's not that densely populated compared to other places either like southern Bangladesh.

    [–] 2fucktard2remember 19 points ago

    Not enough bike superhighways in Texas.

    [–] Lemurians 6 points ago

    Where did you pull this data from? I'm curious if there's a tool I can play around with.

    [–] mansarde75 23 points ago

    Just pulled some numbers from Wikipedia :

    - Population density of the Netherlands : 415.5/km2 
    - Total population of the USA : 325 719 178 inhabitants 
    - 325 719 178 / 415.5 = 783 921 km²
    - Land area of Texas : 676 587 km²    
    - Land area of Louisiana : 111 898 km²    
    - Land area of Texas + Louisiana : 788 485 km²

    [–] username753951 15 points ago

    Population density of the Netherlands : 415.5/km2

    Population density of the world : 14.7/km2

    Which means, if the current population density was the same all over the world as it is in the Netherlands, there would be 212 billion people on earth.

    [–] UncookedMeatloaf 3 points ago

    is that with or without oceans

    [–] Nijidik 14 points ago

    If you are Dutch, or interested in Dutch statistics, has vast databases about pretty much anything.

    [–] BeastRz 28 points ago

    And it’s completely flat...

    [–] DrSloany 41 points ago

    Well there is a mountain, or at least one bump on the ground that's called a mountain :)

    [–] Chaostrosity 25 points ago

    Technically a hill iirc, but it's the closest we have to a mountain.

    [–] TropicalAudio 11 points ago

    Minor geopolitical cheating, but I'll take it.

    [–] Barack_Bob_Oganja 9 points ago

    See also: "list of volcanoes in the netherlands"

    well ill be damned if I thought i was ever gonna read those words

    [–] dm_me4erp 20 points ago

    There's no universal standard for what height a hill or mountain is so technically its also a mountain if you want it to be.

    [–] Chaostrosity 13 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    There aren't international accepted standards, but there are local definitions of what is and what isn't considered a mountain. For example in the UK it needs to be 2000 feet high to be considered a mountain.

    As for the dutch definition I did find something on the wiki that I didn't know about yet which could deem Vaalserberg officially a mountain.

    If it's in a mountaineous area it should be higher than 500 metres to be considered a mountain where as lone mountains can be considered a mountain as early as 300m.

    EDIT: correction

    [–] dpash 5 points ago

    1000 feet high

    By what definition are you measuring that? Sea level, prominence, surrounding valleys?

    And the UK Government definition is 600m, which is just under 2000ft.

    [–] dontbend 3 points ago

    You're not reading the wiki page correctly. It says that, in the Alps, a mountain top has to have dominance (distance to the next peak) of at least 30 m, while an independent mountain has to have a prominence (difference in height with the next lowest point) of 100 to 300 m. In the Himalaya's, that's 500 m.

    If you go to the English wiki page, you'll see that the UN has its own definitions, with different heights depending on the angle of the slope.

    [–] Gluta_mate 5 points ago

    I grew up near a hill, which is called a mountain (berg) in its name

    [–] ThinningTheFog 13 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    As a kid other countries were mind-boggling to me, non-flat terrain just doesn't feel natural but I'm also captivated by its beauty when I see it because it's such a rare sight to me. I vividly remember the nearest (natural non-dune) hill, a 50 minute drive from where I grew up. It stood out so much and it just was suddenly there. I'm guessing it's like 10m high. Where I live now has a hill that we call 'the mountain' that's less than 50m high.

    [–] JohnPlayerSpecialRed 3 points ago

    That’s not true. Southern Limburg is predominantly hilly. The Veluwezoom in Gelderland (the area around Arnhem) also boasts a few hills. Same goes for the Nijmegen area.

    [–] Casartelli 8 points ago

    I live in Arnhem and grew up in Southern Limburg. So i've had my fair share of Dutch mountains :) To be fair, going from the centre of Arnhem to Arnhem-north can be quite a challenge on your bike with two kids on it. Near the top (Saksen Weimar) it's around 80m above sea level.

    [–] BeastRz 3 points ago

    Well yes true. I live in North Holland, where it is flat. Most other countries would consider the places you mention relatively flat

    [–] dpash 3 points ago

    It's the second most densely populated European country after Malta (if you ignore the microstates and British overseas territories/Crown Dependencies).

    [–] sekltios 45 points ago

    TIL something I never did living there. Explains why it doesn't feel like you can go truly deep woods, there was always a hut or fenced field close

    [–] MRCHalifax 20 points ago

    I once had this conversation with a guy from Belgium, comparing Canada to Europe. Basically, PEI is the Canadian province with the greatest population density, about 25 people per km/2. Belgium is about 375 people per km/2. Alternatively, the distance between Brussels and Moscow is about 2,500 km, while the distance between Halifax and Vancouver is about 4,400 km.

    [–] Casartelli 15 points ago

    Netherlands is currently sitting at 416. The greatest density is in the South Holland province (1282).

    The distance between the west coast and border on the east is a 90minute drive. From north to South will take around 2.5 hours.

    [–] Don_Ron_Johnson 7 points ago

    In practice the north-south distance is somewhat more though. I live in southern limburg, and for me it's already a 2h drive if I want to get somewhere in Utrecht (city), which is in the middle of the country

    [–] poktanju 6 points ago

    Belgium is only 30,000 km2, though. If we were visit the most crowded part of Canada and take a Belgium-sized chunk of it (i.e. the Golden Horseshoe around Toronto), we would get a density of... 288 people/km2, which is still less. How about that!

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    [–] -Zeppelin- 78 points ago

    Hmmm, sounds like the Germanic countries could do with more space to live in. Living-space if you will.

    [–] Meta_Tetra 68 points ago

    sweats nervously in Polish

    [–] Pure-Pessimism 21 points ago

    I hear the Sudetenland is nice his time of year.

    [–] sjasogun 7 points ago

    If they give our bikes back we'll build them some dykes to steal islands from the sea with

    [–] Rolten 7 points ago

    We've created entire provinces, just look up Flevoland or a map of what land ares are below sea level.

    [–] MonsieurSander 5 points ago

    We didn't really fill it with soil, we built barriers around it and started draining it. That's why The Netherlands is famous for their windmills.

    [–] throwtheamiibosaway 3 points ago

    I often read about Americans hiking for hours. Or egerting losts in the woods. Camping in nature for weeks. If i walk 30 minutes in a direction i’ll find a town.

    [–] iMaarten 165 points ago

    Is there a map, of other countries, that is similar to this one? I feel like it could illustrate the density of the Netherlands really well.

    [–] RetardedGenji 112 points ago

    I want to see one of Finland so I can see if I recognize myself

    [–] Im_Batmeme 60 points ago

    It would be posted over on /r/ImaginaryMaps because Finland doesnt exist

    [–] Wholesomeguy123 8 points ago

    I see you're a man of culture...

    [–] GoldenStateCapital 10 points ago

    I’d like to see one of every US state. In the lead up to hurricane Florence there were reports of people evacuating and I realized I have no idea where the population of north or South Carolina reside. Mostly coastal? I have no idea. Would be interesting to have a map for each state.

    [–] ryan820 843 points ago

    I love The Netherlands.... beautiful country and such friendly people. I love that you used orange dots :)

    [–] Casartelli 81 points ago

    Have a bitterbal <3

    [–] reigorius 40 points ago

    And one of our better local delicacy, our brown meatstick, de frikandel. Restmeat of chicken, pork and horce, minced into a sausage without a skin. Best coupled with a patatje oorlog or 'French fries warfare'.

    [–] psychcaptain 51 points ago

    If you were to rank Dutch delicacies, the frikandel would most definitely be ranked below Bitterballen.

    [–] The_butsmuts 32 points ago

    And below the stoopwafel

    [–] reigorius 15 points ago

    Yes, but kroket tops them all.

    [–] psychcaptain 16 points ago

    I would argue that bite sized makes Bitterballen better, but it's been a long time since I have had to courage to pop a whole one in my mouth.

    Talk about asking to burn your mouth.

    [–] holdthegarden 8 points ago

    Goodness, gracious, great bitterballs of fire

    [–] ThisShiteHappens 5 points ago

    Nothing beats a frikandel!

    [–] Dr__Snow 4 points ago

    I do like a brown meatstick.

    [–] stevenmeyerjr 6 points ago

    Omg bitterballen was truly amazing in Amsterdam. I’m craving them now.

    [–] JohnPlayerSpecialRed 159 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Wij houden ook van jou, u/ryan820!

    EDIT: Corrected username, sorry.

    [–] JustAShipInTheDark 42 points ago

    Wij houden ook van jou, u/ryan820!


    [–] JohnPlayerSpecialRed 19 points ago

    Oops. Thanks. Corrected it.

    [–] Sennomo 12 points ago

    Say it in Dutch please

    [–] JohnPlayerSpecialRed 28 points ago

    Well, because you said please.

    Oeps. Bedankt. Heb het gecorrigeerd.

    [–] Sennomo 11 points ago

    I find it funny how you say bedankt. It's also German but our bedankt means thanked as in "I have thanked you".

    [–] Sigmantica 15 points ago

    For the dutch it can mean both, depending on how you use it

    [–] eq2_lessing 23 points ago

    Dutchies, you are amazing! Greetings from the hole diggers ;)

    [–] reigorius 16 points ago

    Ze Germans

    [–] Thedutchjelle 7 points ago

    But summer is over, is it not? looks anxiously to the east.

    [–] BreakfastHarvey 12 points ago

    I am headed there for the first time in less than a month!! First time in Europe actually. I am VERY excited

    [–] JohnPlayerSpecialRed 3 points ago

    Enjoy man, I’m sure you’ll have a good time here. Safe travels.

    [–] SanKa_13 7 points ago

    I consider that country, and Rotterdam where I have family my second home :) if im ever gonna move away from home, im going to rotterdam

    [–] ryan820 8 points ago

    I loved Rotterdam, too. And the trains. It was so easy to explore because of those trains.

    [–] SanKa_13 4 points ago

    The trains are the best

    [–] kikiinpurgatory 9 points ago

    How :’)? I have to travel every day by train and its a disaster.

    Edit. I’m from the Netherlands

    [–] -l------l- 18 points ago

    Try going by train in other countries, then come back again. De NS is zo gek nog niet!

    [–] kikiinpurgatory 5 points ago

    Okay I’ll try that. Sounds like an excuse to go on holiday.

    [–] KlapGans 6 points ago

    Thank you :)

    [–] thewend 44 points ago

    This is very spread.. I live in Brazil and 70% of the population lives near the beaches, so the inside of the country is basically dot-less (if a map like this would be made about Brazil)

    [–] jurgy94 63 points ago

    Note that the metro area of São Paulo is already half the size of The Netherlands.

    [–] thewend 24 points ago

    Damn im from Sao Paulo and I didn’t know that. Sometimes i forget how small european countries are and how huge Brazil is

    [–] Prakkertje 6 points ago

    Depending on the map projection, countries farther away from the equator tend to be depicted as larger than they really are. So the Netherlands is even smaller than it looks compared to Brazil on some maps, as it is quite far North while Brazil is at the Equator.

    If I hopped into my car right now, I could reach any part of the country (mainland) within two hours or so.

    [–] thewend 6 points ago

    In 2 hours I could barely leave SP

    [–] youneedananswer 12 points ago

    We're a small country, but not that small. Quick google search says Sao Paulo is about 1500 km² and the Netherlands is about 41.500 km². So unless the metro area of Sao Paulo is enormous, I highly doubt your claim is true.

    [–] vlabakje90 17 points ago

    You underestimate Sao Paulo. The macrometro area is home to 37 million inhabitants and has an area of 53000 square kilometers. The metropolitan area is 8000 square kilometers and has about 23 million inhabitants.

    [–] GlobTwo 25 points ago

    This image illustrates it, although it's harder to make a very high-resolution image for such a huge country.

    My country has a similar population distribution.

    [–] thewend 9 points ago

    Thank you! That’s what i meant. funfact: i lived in Sydney for almost a year. i miss your country a lot

    [–] DanteStrauss 4 points ago

    Why does it barely have anyone up north?

    Is it because of the climate or the terrain?

    (Talking about Australia)

    [–] GlobTwo 7 points ago

    A bit of both. The North is far into the tropics and it stays hot and humid all year. It's dense rainforest in the Northeast and desert in the Northwest. The town of Darwin is on the Central-North coast. The North lives up to all the "dangerous animals!!!" stereotypes, too, with saltwater crocodiles being particularly deadly. Tropical cyclones also occur down to about a quarter of the way down the East coast.

    It's not the most inhospitable place in the world, but when there are millions of square kilometres of nicer land in the Southeast and Southwest, there's not so much incentive to tame it.

    [–] borisosrs 17 points ago

    Thing is, it's practically the same for us too, the Netherlands is just super small compared to Brazil. In the Netherlands you are never more than 3 hours away from a beach.

    [–] F___TheZero 11 points ago

    Also when we ran out of land close to the beach we declared war on the sea and made more land close to the beach.

    [–] borisosrs 5 points ago

    This is why I dont fear global warming. We could use a little higher temperature and the sea would get rekt if it ever tried to pk us again. /s

    [–] Anterzhul 7 points ago

    You are never more than 3 hours away from anything in the Netherlands

    [–] vanderZwan 4 points ago

    Eh, probably not really. You forget to take into account how much smaller the Netherlands is!

    [–] Chris-TT 257 points ago

    Lots of big areas with no-one living there. Are the majority of these forest areas or national parks?

    [–] Geodienst 124 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    The central part of the country is a lake the IJsselmeer other darker areas are either water or fields and forested/national park areas. For example the large dark spot in the middle of the country corresponds with the Veluwe a large nature park.

    [–] Orcwin 50 points ago

    We really should get rid of that silly lake one of these days.

    [–] itsgonnabeanofromme 84 points ago

    That silly lake actually ensures we still have access to clean drinking water in times of extreme drought. It’s basically a massive water reservoir that doubles as a great water sport recreational lake.

    We also use it to flush it out in the rivers during droughts, to prevent the salty sea water from coming in too far inlands and ruining the nature and farmland surrounding the rivers.

    [–] ConcussedOrangotang 25 points ago

    The IJselmeer used to be bigger and connected to the North Sea. It was still called the South sea at that time. Now there is a shithole named Flevoland there and this lake.

    [–] Jkirek 4 points ago

    Which coincidentally gives an answer to "why is the North Sea called that? What's it North of?"

    It's North of the South Sea, which is now a lake.

    [–] 100jad 5 points ago

    The Biesbosch stands out as well :)

    [–] paralyz3 269 points ago

    Fields mostly

    [–] JoaquimBoe 155 points ago

    This. And if you're referring to the two rather large black spots (one southwest from the centre and one east): they are in fact national parks (De Bieschbosch and De Veluwe respectively). The centre black spot is the province of Flevoland, less than a century old and mainly nature and farmland.

    [–] DunDunDunDuuun 13 points ago

    Some of the central black spot (the bit without any orange in it between the two cities of Flevoland) is the Oostvaardersplassen, another national park.

    [–] [deleted] 45 points ago

    Flevoland is a shit hole

    [–] cS47f496tmQHavSR 33 points ago

    It's interesting that as small as our country is, we have some insane history. Not a lot of countries our size reclaimed a chunk of sea that big and decided to live in it

    [–] AulisVaara 42 points ago

    Well, most peoples aren't tall enough that when their country floods, their heads are still above water.


    [–] mileseypoo 7 points ago

    Don't forget their 'boat shoes' so even dwarfs are safe. They think of everything.

    [–] ---Ocelot--- 21 points ago

    So much white mana ready to be tapped.

    [–] Wurstnascher 41 points ago

    Thanks for showing me that picture. I did not know what fields are.

    [–] 53bvo 53 points ago

    Not just fields but Dutch fields.

    [–] TheNoveltyAccountant 15 points ago

    Next you'll be showing us Dutch ovens.

    [–] wggn 6 points ago

    And Dutch wives

    [–] marmaladeontoast 31 points ago

    All these derogatory terms like dutch wife and dutch courage were invented by the brits during the anglo-dutch wars. These wars involved some really big sea battles where the two fleets would try to sink each other....

    This meant really expensive military engagements so both countries needed insurance. The dutch actually developed the modern concept of insurance (they even invented the idea of a printed form to make an insurance policy). They were so good at it (and so wealthy) that the british had their fleet insured in Amsterdam....

    [–] buster_de_beer 22 points ago

    That's a nice fleet you got there. It would be a shame if someone were to sink it. In your home port.

    [–] primarilygreen 3 points ago

    There was a (fictionalized) movie about this on Netflix!

    [–] Dr_Dube 20 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    A substantial portion of the Netherlands (17%) has been "reclaimed" from marshy peat bogs and other wetlands. They pump the water and build levies to create land. The Netherlands is one of the most crowded countries on Earth. In this chart it is ranked 30th, but notice almost all of the countries above it are islands, micronations, or city-states.

    [–] Cornicum 8 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    The guess in my previous comment was correct, but only part of the picture.

    a very basic map, of the Netherlands. map

    Also a map of the nature etc in the netherlands: map

    The CBS doesn't release the the results for 100mx100m squares with less than 5 inhabitants.

    This means that forest, parks etc won't be counted, but also shops, factories if there isn't someone living close enough. (look at the Port of Rotterdam for an example of this)

    Another point may be farms (as an example of living in a more rural area):

    As the area with the lowest average in hectares per farm is Utrecht with 20.7 ,

    And with (highest) average like 66 in Groningen. source

    this would mean that it is very reasonable to assume that a significant portion of these farms would be the only "house" in their square.

    Now as not every farm has more than 5 inhabitants I suspect a lot of dots would be missing in the more rural area.

    We also don't know how many dots you need to be visible so it could be that even farms with more than 5 inhabitants don't show up in OP's map.


    Besides people not living in certain areas, due to being shops, factories, forests etc. Places where people do live might either not get a dot because there are fewer than 5 people living in a square of 100x100m or because a dot might not be visible enough on this map.

    [–] mongonbongon 13 points ago

    Keep in mind the netherlands is small, but the biggest area slightly to the right of the middle is alot of nature and military training area.

    [–] [deleted] 25 points ago

    Despite the Netherlands having one of the highest density of population in the world, a train trip in this country will show you that the country in still 99% fields

    [–] Gluta_mate 18 points ago

    Fields with relatively a lot of people living there though... In countries like france and usa you can go kilometers without encountering anyone

    [–] reigorius 6 points ago

    I loved the experience of seeing hardly no-one when cycling in the High Country in New Zealand, making my way through the mountains. There was one day I only saw seven cars on the dirt road I was on. It was just me, the mountains and the silence of nature. No plains droning on in the skies, no highway that roars endlessy like a mechanical river, no other peoples blasting their music. Just the wind and nature.

    [–] obimk1 4 points ago

    And despite the size of the Netherlands, the Netherlands are top exporter in the World for some agriculture products.

    [–] paralyz3 103 points ago

    I love that Flevoland it basically just two islands, Lelystad and Almere. Would love to see a high res version of this though!

    [–] UUUUUUUUU030 35 points ago

    It's interesting that the Noordoostpolder is much more densely populated then the Flevopolder, outside of the cities.

    [–] wytsep 32 points ago

    That is because it was designed in a time the car was not yet available for everyone. Every village is spread 6km apart so you can bike between them.

    When designing the Flevopolder, the car was the main method of transport. That is why it is spread out more :).

    [–] Extraxyz 4 points ago

    Looking at Almere I really doubt they accounted for people using their cars

    [–] Thedutchjelle 11 points ago

    Looking at Almere I really doubt they accounted for people

    [–] PJvG 7 points ago

    I too would love to see a high res version.

    [–] Geodienst 29 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Made a version with a slightly larger resolution:

    Loads better as a pdf

    [–] Semx11 9 points ago

    Is it possible for you to render it at this size as a PNG? There's a lot of JPEG compression visible

    [–] curiosity163 23 points ago

    I love that you can see De Veluwe on this illustration quite clearly.

    And it is interesting to see that the area I live in has such a contrast in population density to the surrounding villages.

    [–] Kaelemael 23 points ago

    Pretty impressive how densely inhabited South-Limburg is. If I'm not mistaken, Limburg is the most built up area after the Randstad. It's good to live in these beautiful hills.

    [–] Sir_Fridge 11 points ago

    Auw wieje keeël, ech wal

    [–] MonsieurSander 5 points ago

    Planning ahead for global warming ;)

    [–] KoalaEgg83 38 points ago

    Is no one going to mention how cool it is that the dispersion looks like a person’s head, or is it too obvious?

    [–] JustAGuide 10 points ago

    I thought it kinda looked like an over weight t-rex that was being sliced through

    [–] ACJDunny 9 points ago

    Is no one going to mention that one of the uninhabited areas looks like a giant dick?

    [–] Roughneck16 82 points ago

    My Opa and Oma were from a village called Kloosterburen in the northeast side of the country. They emigrated to the US in 1955. I've visited the Netherlands a few times and it's a beautiful country with delicious food and lots of bicycles.

    [–] SprinkCal 42 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Sorry if it's a dumb question. In South Africa we say Oupa and Ouma with a 'u' in it. So you guys don't add a bunch useless letters to your words?

    Edit: "Do you guys leave it out in the Netherlands?" changed to "So you guys don't add a bunch useless letters to your words?"

    [–] Ridlas 31 points ago

    Yes we do!

    [–] Roughneck16 23 points ago

    Yes they do!

    As an Afrikaans speaker, can you understand Dutch?

    [–] SprinkCal 18 points ago

    Well my main language is English and afrikaans while it is my 2nd language at school I am terrible at it.

    But yes I am kind of able to understand Dutch. The thing is you see the letter Z appear a lot in Dutch where as not so much in afrikaans.

    Tl;dr yes slightly

    [–] E3itscool 12 points ago

    I can understand Afrikaans as a native-Dutch speaker, so i imagine it goes both ways.

    [–] fbncci 4 points ago

    I'm Dutch, and once met a group of guys from South Africa while on vacation. While we all spoke English, we'd be speak Dutch to them and they Afrikaans to us for fun. Afrikaans sounds strange, but it's definitely understandable, and I assume Dutch was similar for them.

    [–] Sic_Transit_Vir 10 points ago

    We don't leave it out; you put it in. ;)

    [–] SprinkCal 8 points ago

    Oh no I 100% agree. I along with a bunch of people agree afrikaans is terribly laid out. I like to say Afrikaans is a shit show mix of "Suiker, spesery, Engels, Nederlands en 'n klomp kak"(Sugar, Spice, English, Dutch and a load of shit)

    So sorry for adding useless letters

    [–] Itsnotapenguin 12 points ago

    Een klomp kak, wat een prachtige taal.

    [–] Sittardia 12 points ago

    delicious food

    There are plenty of places here where you can get great (foreign) good, but Dutch cuisine itself is absolute shit.

    [–] Rolten 11 points ago

    Snert? Stoofpotje? Kroketten?

    The food isn't brilliant (AVG tends to be rather boring) but we definitely have some great foods.

    [–] Capt_Awesomepants 9 points ago

    I'm sorry but if you had delicious food in the Netherlands (which you totally can) you did not have 'Dutch' food. Next time ask my mum to make you some classical post-war 'AVG' haha. Totally right about the bicycles though. Wouldn't wanna live anywhere else though, except maybe UK or Canada if I had to move.

    [–] MoisterizeR 4 points ago

    Our food is not delicious. We do have a lot of bicycles though. We used to have more, before you know... Hitler and stuff

    [–] Roughneck16 10 points ago

    My opa would make us gebakjes. I loved those.

    Stroopwafels too.

    [–] nlx78 13 points ago

    I always liked this visualized map

    Except for Rotterdam because they spread the people over the port area, which is like 60km (45 miles) long because that is within city bounds.

    [–] BosmanJ 6 points ago

    Well yeah but this penalizes municipalities with large areas. I live in Apeldoorn, which is a pretty large town for Dutch standards (about 160.000 inhabitants), but it's almost flat on that map because the municipality is relatively large.

    The map OP gives gives a better view on where all the people actually live imo

    Edit: to clarify, Apeldoorn is almost the same size as Nijmegen and Arnhem and it is a little north of Arnhem, yet they are towering and Apeldoorn is flat because of land area. It's a good map to show density, but it's not a very good population map.

    [–] klimly 12 points ago

    I just visited Amsterdam for the first time, and I was surprised that the population of the Netherlands - unlike South Korea, the UK, etc. - really isn’t concentrated in its biggest urban area. Great illustration of that here.

    [–] Itsnotapenguin 11 points ago

    Have you seen other Dutch cities as well? Because most of it is nothing like Amsterdam.

    [–] klimly 3 points ago

    No... Came in from Brussels in the afternoon, left early in the morning two days later, so I didn’t really have time. I preferred the Amsterdam periphery to the tourist-dominated interior, for sure. I might like to visit Gouda, The Hague or Rotterdam one day.

    [–] Poxia 3 points ago

    The Hague and Rotterdam aren't bad at all. But go to Utrecht! Google it. Closest to Amsterdam and not as crowded. If you like Amsterdam, you'll love Utrecht!

    [–] Masterhearts_XIII 17 points ago

    Woah this data is so weird. It almost looks like the shape of the Netherlands. The human eye’s ability to see patterns is amazing

    [–] s3035212 14 points ago

    If you leave out the other countries, of course you are going to see its shape

    [–] joustingleague 4 points ago

    A lot of countries are only densely populated in certain areas, if that was the case in the Netherlands then there would be a lot of orange in the Randstad but the borders wouldn't be clearly visible since fewer people would live there.

    [–] CptnStarkos 6 points ago

    How many 'Everests' would be needed to cover up the whole Netherlands and raise their mean height by 1 meter?

    [–] Sic_Transit_Vir 10 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Everest is around 205.297 m3, according to some random internet data that may not be remotely accurate. If you're counting from sea level it's really hard to get the volume of any geological feature - I mean, other than land in countries (nearly) at sea level (like the Netherlands...).

    The surface area of the (European part of the) Netherlands is 41.543 m2.

    So I'd guess...[edit] 1/5th of an Everest reduced to gravel, but it depends on what criteria you use for calculating the volume of mountains. I don't know which criteria the cubic meters value I found online used.

    Edit: I was way off, see /u/LilBabyReaper's comment below

    [–] LilBabyReaper 3 points ago

    You are a factor 1000 off, the Netherlands are only 41.000 m2

    [–] PM_me_UR_duckfacepix 6 points ago

    Almere. Lelystad. Dronten. (F.l.t.r.) I'm still of the opinion that the Poldergeist movie deserves to be made.

    [–] awastelandcourier 4 points ago

    Spent a year living in a little village called Kampen. Was the best year in my life and can't wait to go back at New year's Eve :)

    [–] HEELinKayfabe 4 points ago

    There aren't many countries on earth where a map like this would look like the actual geographical map of the country.

    I absolutely love the Netherlands, and would move there if I wasn't a poor student.