Zuid-Holland has many locations where knowledge-intensive businesses and knowledge workers are concentrated around universities, knowledge institutes or large companies: the ‘knowledge axis’. Knowledge and innovative applications developed here can be used in strong clusters such as the mainport and the greenports. Contact between institutes and multinationals such as Shell, DSM and Unilever promotes the exchange of knowledge, people and resources.
To create an excellent location for settlement and to ensure a high standard of living, the province of Zuid-Holland invests in recreation areas and nature reserves for both residents and visitors. The province strives to establish a balance between working, living, travel, history, culture and leisure, while actively protecting vulnerable green areas, nature, water and the typical Zuid-Holland landscape, and supporting agriculture and economic activities.