If the population reaches 19 million in 2040, no less than a million extra new houses will be needed in the next twenty years, TU Delft professor Peter Boelhouwer calculates.
It will become busier in the future, traffic jams will be longer and the trains will be fuller. The Netherlands is heading for 19 million inhabitants and must make every effort to steer growth in the right direction, experts warn. Extra houses, extra cars, extra trains. But also extra CO2 emissions, demand for extra doctors and possibly even completely new cities. “We are facing a huge challenge.”