This week in the Netherlands – Bridging the gap

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the gap
The first 3D-printed concrete bridge has been completed in the Netherlands as a crossing for cyclists. The 8-metre long bridge is made from pre-fabricated concrete blocks which took robots 3 months to 3D-print. It forms part of a new ring-road being constructed around Gemert in the Dutch province of Brabant.

Happy, healthy and safe
Noord-Drenthe is the most prosperous region in the Netherlands, according to the Broad Prosperity Indicator by Rabobank and Utrecht University. Residents of Noord-Drenthe are happy, healthy and feel safe. Gooi also scored very well. People living in the Randstad are much less satisfied, the Dutch press reports.

Play that song
In a report by Discogs, The Netherlands has been revealed as the most record store dense country for larger countries. The country boasts an impressive 178 record stores for its 16,800,000-person population, resulting in almost one shop per every 100,000 people. The UK came second with about .84 shops per 100,000 people.

Red terror trial
A man faced war crimes charges in connection with the “red terror” at a Dutch court on Monday. 63-year-old Ethiopian-born EshetuAlemu is accused of ordering the killing of opponents of former Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1978 and of being responsible for the incarceration and inhumane treatment of more than 200 people.

Too much traffic
Too much traffic in the Netherlands is costing the economy billions of euros. According to a report, traffic will increase 1.7 per cent next year and 1.2 per cent in the years after that. Travel time is predicted to increase by 28 per cent over the next five years, costing up to 3.7 per cent per year.

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