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Does anyone know how much of its economy is dependent on drugs and sex tourism?
 


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Does anyone know how much of its economy is dependent on drugs and sex tourism?
I don't know but I'd agree with legalising drugs and prostitution in Ireland, it would bring in a bit of tax revenue.
 

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I think you will find that the Dutch economy bears a lot of similarities with the German economy and has little or nothing in common with the Irish economy in that the Dutch make things and sell them abroad. As a result some of their companies grow to be internationally recognisable names like the Phillips electrical goods company in Eindhoven.

Weed and porn are not systemic to the Dutch economy.
 

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I think you will find that the Dutch economy bears a lot of similarities with the German economy and has little or nothing in common with the Irish economy in that the Dutch make things and sell them abroad. As a result some of their companies grow to be internationally recognisable names like the Phillips electrical goods company in Eindhoven.

Weed and porn are not systemic to the Dutch economy.
Lol :p Dank u . 'Holland' is so wonderfully sensible and cool . :cool:
 

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I think you will find that the Dutch economy bears a lot of similarities with the German economy and has little or nothing in common with the Irish economy in that the Dutch make things and sell them abroad. As a result some of their companies grow to be internationally recognisable names like the Phillips electrical goods company in Eindhoven.

Weed and porn are not systemic to the Dutch economy.
There isn't a huge amount of manufacturing left in Holland, aside from the chemicals and hydrocarbons industry.

Pick up a Philips product and it won't be made there.

But you're right that drugs and sex tourism are a tiny part of the economy and only really of any relevance in Amsterdam.

What the Dutch do have are
- a massive aviation industry relative to the size of the country
- a massive port infrastructure, which mostly exports German-made goods
- a heavy focus on internationally traded professional services
- a very intensive food and agri sector
 

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i think you will find that the dutch economy bears a lot of similarities with the german economy and has little or nothing in common with the irish economy in that the dutch make things and sell them abroad. As a result some of their companies grow to be internationally recognisable names like the phillips electrical goods company in eindhoven.

Weed and porn are not systemic to the dutch economy.
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The Dutch manage to cater for about 16 million population in the a country the size of Munster. Doing nicely I would say, if we had it we would drown in it or sell it off.
 

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The Dutch manage to cater for about 16 million population in the a country the size of Munster. Doing nicely I would say, if we had it we would drown in it or sell it off.
Isn't there a saying along the lines of "If the Irish lived in Holland they would starve, but if the Dutch lived in Ireland they would feed the world."

A bit harsh, but.....
 

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Isn't there a saying along the lines of "If the Irish lived in Holland they would starve, but if the Dutch lived in Ireland they would feed the world."

A bit harsh, but.....
I've heard it attributed to Bismarck, but don't know how true that is.

To be honest, having lived there, I'm not sure the Dutch do work harder. They certainly work fewer hours. What they do manage is to work better. I don't think I ever heard the phrase "It will do" in my time there.
 

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I've heard it attributed to Bismarck, but don't know how true that is.

To be honest, having lived there, I'm not sure the Dutch do work harder. They certainly work fewer hours. What they do manage is to work better. I don't think I ever heard the phrase "It will do" in my time there.
I've spent some - not much - time in Holland and agree. I think the difference between the North Europeans - the Germans seem to be the same - is that when they're working, they're working. No dawdling coming back from coffee break or messing around on the internet. That's why, even though they work relatively short hours, they still have very high productivity. They approach work with a pragamatic, business-like attitude rather than wondering how they can best skive or make things easier for themselves.
 

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Isn't there a saying along the lines of "If the Irish lived in Holland they would starve, but if the Dutch lived in Ireland they would feed the world."

A bit harsh, but.....
I believe it's more along the lines of "If the Dutch lived in Ireland it would be the food basket of Europe, but if the Irish lived in Holland then Europe would be entirely under water".

Unduly harsh I'd have said - until now. With the two Brians at the helm in Holland I'm guessing it would become one vast under water tourist attraction as "The Lost Country of Holland".
 

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I've spent some - not much - time in Holland and agree. I think the difference between the North Europeans - the Germans seem to be the same - is that when they're working, they're working. No dawdling coming back from coffee break or messing around on the internet. That's why, even though they work relatively short hours, they still have very high productivity. They approach work with a pragamatic, business-like attitude rather than wondering how they can best skive or make things easier for themselves.
I could imagine mass rioting of Irish office workers, burning cars, smashing up Starbucks etc if they were restricted to a 30 minute lunchbreak, which is the norm in NL.

Also the Dutch attitude to money is very different to the one that manifested itself in the last 10 - 15 years in Ireland.

When they have it, they don't spend it like drunken sailors.

The Dutch generally like to keep de hand op de knip (tight grip on the purse strings), the ethos is very much if you don't value the small money, you'll never get the big money.

And absolutely as little as possible gets wasted. The flessenlikker, for example, is a very popular kitchen implement.
 


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