How Much of the Netherlands is Below Sea Level? in 2022

Updated: 07-2022

Is it one quarter? One half? Three quarters? The whole country? Amazingly, many Dutch people, including some Dutch agencies, don’t really know. This video explains how the Netherlands keeps its citizens’ feet dry, offers two theories about the general confusion, and answers the question about how much of the country is below sea level—for the time being. What the Netherlands will look like in the future is a question Poldergeist will explore in an upcoming video.


NAP Foundation–see their statement in English before it’s removed! The Dutch language counterpart has already been deleted (but we have a screenshot).

Interview with Dutch Consul General in Miami

Error in the 2007 IPCC report about how much of the Netherlands is below sea level.

Deltares, Strategies for adapting to higher and accelerated sea level rise (in Dutch)

Special thanks to:

Matthijs Bouw, One Architecture and Urbanism
Lieke Brackel, TU Delft
Marjolijn Haasnoot, Deltares
Maarten Kleinhans, Utrecht University
Patrick Nederkorn, Comedian and Moderator
Henk Nieboer, Adaelta