Provincie Zuid Holland / Province of South Holland
The province of South Holland is the regional authority that is responsible for the governement of a region in the west of the Netherlands. Its tasks for the coming years in a nutshell: creating conditions for economic growth, sustainable improvement in mobility, maintenance and development of nature and recreation, even distribution of the scarece space and linking towns to the countryside.
Zuid-Holland (South-Holland) is a bustling, multifaceted province. It is home to 3.5 million people, who inhabit an area of around 2,900 km2. This makes it the most densely populated of the twelve Dutch provinces, with 1,220 inhabitants per km2.
Zuid Holland has around 130,200 registered businesses. The province also boasts various centres of knowledge and expertise, including three universities in Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam, the TNO research laboratories, Estec and the Innovation Centres. It is the country’s most important province in terms of economy, agriculture and the provision of services. It is a hive of activity, criss-crossed by a busy network of roads, railways and waterways. Rotterdam with its mainport is South-Holland’s largest city. The provincial capital is The Hague, which is the seat of national government and the Queen’s official place of residence. Outside its urban heart, Zuid-Holland offers spacious tranquillity, sprawling countryside, rivers, polders, lakes, dunes and endless sandy beaches.
It is a constant challenge to strike between the many conflicting interests of such multifaceted province. This task is in the hands of the provincial administration, which works in co-operation with the state government, the municipalities of Zuid-Holland, the neighbouring provinces and the regional water boards