Netherlands workers face longest daily commute in Europe

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018Photo: Zachary Newmark / NL Times

Of all Europeans, Netherlands residents face the longest daily commute. No less than 30 percent of workers in the Netherlands spend 45 minutes or more on the road or public transport between home and work, according to research by Savills. "This is because of our crowded roads and trains", Erik Beekman, corporate housing advisor at Savills, said to BNR.

Dutch spend an average of 37 minutes in the daily commute, compared to a European average of 33 minutes. Altogether people in the Netherlands travel longer than their European counterparts, but there are fewer outliers than in other countries. 

In other parts of Europe, people live either close to their work or have to "drive halfway through the country", Beekman said. In the Netherlands, these differences are a lot smaller - most people spend a long time getting to work.

The majority of Dutch take travel time into account when looking for a new job, but it almost never plays a decisive role. According to Beekman, things like good air quality, pleasant temperature and a tidy office environment are more important than commute time in the Netherlands. 

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