10 Facts About Randstad


Randstad is a roughly crescent-shaped conurbation in the central-western Netherlands, consisting primarily of the four largest Dutch cities ; their suburbs, and many towns in between, that all grew and merged into each other, containing almost half the country's population.

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The Randstad had a gross regional product of €397 billion in 2017, making it the third most productive region in the European Union, behind the Paris Region and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.

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The North Wing of the Randstad is expected to grow more in population than the Zuidvleugel and the Groene Hart areas, with the growth of population being in effect for a longer period of time, compared to the other two areas.

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Publication "Randstad 2040", released by the Government of the Netherlands, reveals that the Noordvleugel is already growing parallel to the A1, A2, and A4 motorways, as well as into the northern part of North Holland and Flevoland .

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Politically, the Randstad is broadly center-right and conservative-leaning, with student cities, including Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and Delft, being more progressive.

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Randstad is home to some of the most reputable universities in Europe, including the University of Amsterdam, the VU Amsterdam, Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Utrecht University and the Delft University of Technology.

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Randstad possesses a large infrastructure system, with many railways, motorways, trams and subways in various cities.

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Randstad has various motorways, most of them starting around Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

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Many national corridors start in the Randstad, including the A1, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10, A12, A13, A15, A16, A20, A27 and A28 autosnelwegen, as well as various commuter routes.

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Randstad is the keystone of the Dutch railway network; most intercity connections terminate in one of the key cities in the Randstad.

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