MVP Sustainability Map



Sustainability Grade




Sustainable Population

70.0 %

Contraception Use


Species Threatened

0.55 %

Population Growth

$ 52,397

GDP Per Capita

Country Comments

The Netherlands has a population six times greater than what its country’s renewable resources can support sustainably. Fortunately with fertility rates below replacement levels for over four decades, population growth is minimal and may decline in the near future. Roughly half of the current population growth annually comes from immigration.

The Netherlands is in the top 10% of countries by Gross Domestic Product. The economy and urban expansion have transformed much of the Dutch landscape from two centuries ago. Every year the Netherlands incurs 31 billion euros worth of damage to the environment through the emission of harmful substances, according to a study by the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL. Traffic and transport account for the most environmental damage. (1)