Secure Societies

As a country situated in a low-lying delta, the Netherlands often had to cope with the unpredictable forces of nature. The Dutch learned to work with others to protect their land from water – and at the same time, that water posed an opportunity for exploration and trade that shaped the open-minded and progressive Dutch identity. Not only did the Dutch protect themselves from flooding, they also found clever ways to plan cities, to grow healthy food and to supply clean drinking water. The Dutch have a long tradition of safeguarding their health, wellbeing and diversity – it is part of their cultural heritage that also embraces human rights and civil liberties. To uphold these shared values, the Dutch have laws and social networks that set an example worldwide. The Netherlands takes pride in being a fair and just society and it plays a strong international role in this respect.