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Conference: Swiss-Dutch Dialogue on Sustainable Housing

6 July 2022 @ 10:30 - 16:00

In both the Netherlands and Switzerland, roughly three quarters of the population live in urban areas. Cities face similar challenges to renew and renovate the existing housing stock to deal with climate change, densification and growth in already built-up areas, and, last but not least, to tackle the affordability of housing, also against the background of significant price increases. In the Netherlands, addressing the substantial housing shortage is a key priority for the Government. In Switzerland, while vacancy rates fell in 2021 for the first time in 12 years, demand for housing exceeds supply particularly in urban areas. Besides these similarities, there naturally are also differences, such as the difference in geographical location, from a country in the Alps to a country that lies for a large part below sea level. Switzerland also differ with regard to governance, from a federal state of cantons to an EU member state. Where the challenges are similar and the starting points differ, there are opportunities to share ideas and learn from each other.
Where better to do this than at the 7th International Horticultural Exhibition Floriade? This Expo is organized every ten years. In 2022, its theme is “Growing green cities”. The aim is to show how cities can be made greener, more livable and more sustainable. Examples from countries all over the world are exhibited to show solutions that make our cities more fun, more beautiful and more sustainable.

Against this background, the Embassy of Switzerland in the Netherlands in partnership with the Netherlands’ Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations organizes a Swiss-Dutch Dialogue on Sustainable Housing on 6 July 2022 at the Floriade in Almere near Amsterdam.
The aim is to promote the exchange among policymakers, practitioners, investors and experts on housing policy and urban development approaches and instruments in the Netherlands and Switzerland. Good examples shall provide food for thought, with a focus on sustainable, i.e. climate-friendly, and affordable housing. The Dialogue aims at bringing actors – practitioners, policy-makers and experts – from both countries into conversation with each other.

Venue: The Shelter, see Floriade map (grey no. 11)

For interested practitioners, officials or experts, please register your participation via email to thehague.events@eda.admin.ch and confirm the following:
□ Yes, you can share my contact details (name, institution & email) with other confirmed participants via a participants’ list

Participation is free of charge, but the Floriade entrance is at cost.
The Swiss Embassy will send a confirmation mail with a discount code. Please note that, if need be, a first come, first served policy will be applied.



6 July 2022
10:30 - 16:00
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Swiss Embassy in the Netherlands


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Almere, 1324 ZZ Netherlands
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