Western Europe

People, Countries, and Cities

How do the Netherlands keep getting bigger?

For hundreds of years, the Dutch have been expanding the size of their country by building dikes and draining (and reclaiming) land. These lands, known as polders, have greatly expanded the size of the Netherlands and are now considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

A canal boat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (photo by Paul A. Tucci).

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