A good neighbor is better than a distant friend.

Henk Lobers, who has been a neighborhood mediator in Zwolle for 25 years, knows this very well.

From frustrations about children playing football to cat poop in the garden, he has already helped about 150 neighbors get closer together.

He even received a royal award for it last week.

'Especially in wealthier neighbourhoods, it often escalates because of small things.'