7 Interesting Facts That Prove That the Netherlands Is the Country of the Future
The Netherlands has always been famous for its ambitious projects that amaze and impress people all around the world.
We at Bright Side think that every country should follow the example of the Netherlands or at least try to carry out these following 7 projects.
1. It’s the only country with no abandoned pets
Recently it was officially confirmed that there are no homeless cats and dogs in the Netherlands. The government managed to do this without doing any harm to the animals. In an attempt to ensure dogs’ rights, the authorities made strict laws against animal abuse.
2. The Netherlands has the world’s first solar-powered bike lane
The project called SolaRoad is the result of a collaboration between the government, private sector, and academia. The first part of the path was opened in 2015. Its length is just 100 m, but this is a huge breakthrough in the construction of the roads of the future. The main idea of this project is that solar power from the road is used for lighting the streets and charging electric vehicles.
3. Charging points for electric cars are located within 50 m of each other
One of the strengths of the Netherlands is their sustainable transportation system. That’s why in the attempt to stop using gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles, many charging points were opened for citizens who drive electric cars.
4. In the Netherlands there is a town where nobody drives cars
The Dutch town of Houten is considered to be the safest place in the world. In the beginning of the 1980s, 4,000 citizens of the town made the decision to encourage everybody in the town to start cycling more rather than constantly using cars. And, step by step, all the citizens got used to riding bikes.
5. The authorities are going to ban the sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles
Petrol and diesel cars will no longer be available in the Netherlands by 2025. Besides, the owners of alternative-fuel cars don’t have to pay a private motor vehicle tax. As a result of this, the environmentally friendly cars became 15,000 euros cheaper.
6. The Netherlands keeps having to close its prisons due to a lack of prisoners
Long ago, the Dutch government started to take serious steps to reduce crime in the country, and the results turned out to be very successful. Owing to a lack of prisoners, 19 prisons have been closed since 2009. According to recent reports, the average incarceration rate in the Netherlands is about 163 people per 100,000, which is less than half the incarceration rate of Brazil.
7. In the Netherlands there are ecoducts — wildlife crossings for animals living in the forests
Another primary task of the Dutch government is the protection of wild animals. Therefore, several wildlife crossings were constructed to allow the animals to cross roadways safely from one part of the forest to another.