Published on 21st September 2017 by

How do we deal with the imminent population shrinkage? The Netherlands stands at a turning point. After a long period of growth, we first stifle for a century in a period of shrinkage. In Drenthe, a primary school must close again because there are insufficient children while in the West many young families look back in the old towns. The decline of the population and the trek from the shrinkage areas poses new questions. Unlike before, we will no longer be led by the church or by the government when it comes to the direction of our country. But history teaches that we always find ways to solve issues. We are finally able to see the end of problems in the area of Amsterdam Zuid-oost (south west), and to say hello to a brighter future.

The Netherlands from above shows us a country from a spectacular perspective. From the sky it is possible to see how the Netherlands changes through the seasons, and how in parallel they form the determining moments of our own life cycle. Through data visuals, impressive aerial images and portraits of people on the ground, the second series of the Netherlands from above outlines an image of how time has changed our country and how we move in it. The way we live from day to day, and from generation to generation in this country reflects our resilient mentality. The Netherlands from above season 2 tells us the story of seeing and taking opportunities, falling and rising up again, reinventing the wheel again and again. Where the first series was an ode to the makeable Netherlands, this second series is an ode to our resilience.

Presented by: Roel Bentz van der Berg
Directed by: Geert Rozinga

This program was made possible by:
The Cadaster
Nature monuments
The Union of Waterships
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