That is a deeply political question.Liberals find that the Netherlands still has too many restrictive regulations and too many organisations (housing corporations, hospitals, schools, prisons etc) that are not run by private companies. Furthermore, they still find the government far too big. Those are the big problems. People look for everything to the government in their perception.
Christians think that the biggest problem is the dechristianization of the country.They think that the norms and values are counting and we become a Sodom and Gomorrah.
The PVV thinks that Islamization is the biggest problem. They see Islam as a dangerous, antidemocratic (theocratic) culture, which does not intend to assimilate, but strives to make their religion dominant here.
The left-wing parties think that the dismantling of the welfare state is the great Manco. Neoliberalism has ensured that the rich are becoming richer and a waste bin with cansloks is emerging. They see Muslims as an oppressed group that must be emanciped.
The environmental parties are seeing an ecological disaster that is at a very rapid pace, as the biggest problem.Animal species die out, jungles are cut down, seas are fished and there is still far too much CO2 in atmosphere and the Netherlands is an integral part of the world.
I think myself that the big problem of the Netherlands is the enormous size of the population.It is a country where you have to live with up to 10 million people and that is on a planet where you have to live with up to two billion people. Unfortunately, there is no political party that officially agrees with me.
In 2008, a global crisis broke out.Started in the USA thanks to non-collateral loans, the House of Cards fell into one. We are now eleven years on. 11 years of cuts, wages that do not rise real, savings rates that are declining (today ABN has lowered interest rates to 0.02) and costs increase. Meanwhile, flex contracts and broadcasting contracts have established their roots duel in the labor culture, pensions are slowly but surely degraded and we are dealing with an ageing population you are opposed to. Work has been there again enough, but whether it is still paid is a second. The generation of Na 85 may hope to buy its 30th a house, let alone get a mortgage.
Politics is the people strange.Although political souls are won with simple rhetoric and fear, real solutions remain in the realm of myths. The profits of companies are no problem. The quarterly figures have been rising for years.
My bread is getting more expensive.My train tickets are more expensive. Luckily I don’t have a car, but the gasoline is more expensive. My rent? You guessed it. More expensive.
In 2016, there were about 1 million million poor in the Netherlands.This was considerably lower than in 2013, but it must be stated that “the concept of poverty has been recalibrated.”
Nevertheless, this quantity is still scandalous.However, I would like to put the side note that these people are in pay around 1200 euros, and thus are not yet (thankfully) dependent on the food bank. There are (in 2018) 140,000. Just over 1% of the labour force.
Yeah I’m left.Yes I find the Vvd perilous politics. No, luckily I don’t hear those 1 million souls. But one cannot deny that there is a total breakdown, and that there is a number of people to win, while the remainder is endowed with the losing hand.
And the most fun thing is, something I also blame myself for, is that we are pointing the finger at each other or the politics.
Lack of guts and big plans!
We are pulled down by cynicism and fear of change, and as a result we tackle everything we tackle half-heartedly.
There are major problems that we need to solve in the coming decades, but instead of looking at the opportunities, we deny problems and sit on our hands.
Take the environment: environmental freaks are prophets of doom, and climate deniers sow fear of change.While the technological steps needed will bring new jobs and new opportunities for our industry.
We kick every initiative into the ground with that attitude.Zanikken about windmills in the landscape, Tesla’s are not yet clean enough, solar panels render too little-all good and nice, but give it a chance!
The most important thing I find, however, is that we have still not started at Schiphol-in-Zee we are messing around with the current Schiphol pair of flights, making noise standards.Will we just have to run an idiot ambitious plan again?
‘, ‘ The disposable income of the citizens.The tax burden is far too high. You can buy far too little for your money because there is too much tax on it everywhere. The Prime Minister is of the view that wages must rise but that does not help, because that is why prices are rising again. We also have a large housing shortage which makes the houses priceless. There are also too many immigrants who we cannot offer and who cannot offer us anything because they do not speak the language, have no qualifications or some training and which are also too large a number of illiterate. Uneducated work disappears quickly or is done by Poles or Dutchmen so they don’t come to the bucket either.
“,”Creating a lack of innovative solutions
- Oh, the burger is not feeling heard?
Let’s just whiteknighten the whole people and say that we are the 芒 鈧?艙goede芒 鈧?popusten and the 芒 鈧?艙wine-sipping grachtengordelelite芒 鈧?is bad.
Let us just throw billions away to replace heaters, even if it is clearly not enough. More money
Then let us make exactly everything like that for the lending system and totally ignore why the basic fair was abolished in the first place. MORE MONEY
Let’s just set a quota so we don’t have to go into the underlying problem. More Jobs
Everyone just wants more and more and more money, or some fine words, thinks something like this solves it all.Nobody thinks about the underlying causes and nobody thinks about actual solutions.
That real wages but do not rise.Many other problems that we have are to be traced back to this.
Well, after some overseas experiences, I have noticed that there are certain ‘ typical Dutch ‘ treks.
Like the ‘ do but just then you are already crazy enough ‘ attitude, standardization.
I was wondering if it could have to do with it (to a large extent) living below sea level.
I found some pieces and put them on a site.Some of them I copy in this Quora reply:
The German sociologist Helmuth Plessner (1892-1985) saw in the regulation of the water in each case a driving force behind the Dutch history.The need to construct dams, dikes and canals to keep feet dry would have promoted rational acting in a group context.According to Plessner, the natural environment also contributed to the fact that other capabilities were less well developed: ‘The playful motility of life was (….) inhibited, the development of fantasy suppresses ‘. ‘
Eric de Kuyper (Belgian, living in NL and writing from NL perspective) in his book ‘ A Fish Drowning ‘:
- 芒 鈧?艗take our tolerance.
We are doing our best to be tolerant. But we are shooting through in our diligence: Everything is allowed, but at the same time it must. Tolerance makes this country humane and social, but it also brings about a suffocating atmosphere. The principle of equality is uniformity. Deviations from the norm are not tolerated because of the democratic principle that everyone must be equal.And so tolerance becomes ultimately dwang芒 鈧?
“Another thing that can make things less boring is exceptional people doing different and exceptional things.However, because of the second saying (芒 鈧?虄maaiveld, etc. 芒 鈧劉) people that Excel are not really valued either芒 鈧?娄…. “Treating you as an individual, or making an exception to a rule cannot be done. The Dutch believe that what in some other countries is called, service, flexibility or human behaviour, is 芒 鈧?虄not Fair芒 鈧劉. We are all the same. And If you are not, that is YOUR problem “
The site where I put it down is: typischnl-vraagteken.123website.nl
Na.(Translation of the last paragraph: “Exceptional people who do different and exceptional things can make it all less boring. However, because of the second saying (‘ ground level, etc. ‘), people who excel are not really appreciated……. treat someone as an individual, or making an exception to a rule, can not be done. Dutch people believe that what is called service, flexibility or human behavior in some other countries is “not fair”. We are all right. And if you’re not, that’s YOUR problem. “)
I do not think that the problem lies with the work-life, the organisational capacity, the intelligence, the cooperation, the government structure, the tolerance, the openness of refugees and their integration, the good doing business, the initiative, the training, the Education, innovation, risk taking, etc.of the Dutch.
I think it is more structural. The Netherlands is a small country, with virtually no natural resources.The natural gas was there a little while and it brought much prosperity. Now it is back to normal, except the cost due to the earthquakes. Instead of giving the soil value, value must be added in the form of Weir, land reclamation and more precious houses and road construction and buildings maintenance in the Low Countries.
Maintaining two major sources of world-wide revenues: The Port of Rotterdam and Schiphol costs a lot.There is not enough land, so there is a country to be made, at a high cost.
The biggest problem is that the Dutch have to work relatively harder for equal prosperity in comparison with most other developed countries.
There is no solution to that, other than being as effective as possible to make the most of it and it occurs to me that the Dutch do so long and there are experts in it, as listed in the first paragraph.The Dutch can only get even better. Seems to me.
Edit, July 30th: that all may sound a bit pessimistic, but that certainly doesn’t have to be.On the contrary, the situation can be a strong motivation for extraordinary achievement, an example for the whole world. A challenge like the many in the past who have overcome the Dutch and now still overcome.
In a country where a very large proportion of people, the real estate, the infrastructure and the companies under or around sea level are living, sea level rise will be the biggest problem.Keeping the Randstad dry and ensuring sufficient fresh water will require enormous costs. Perhaps so high that the abandonment of large stretches of land and the re-housing of millions of people will be more advantageous.
Better than spending billions on environmental measures that are too little and too late, we can already prepare ourselves for the inevitable consequences of too little and too late intervention.