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I was shocked, however, to discover that homeschooling is not allowed in the Netherlands. I could only imagine that after legalizing pot, prostitution and gambling, they had to outlaw something.

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Overview: Netherlands

In the years following the Second World War Dutch governments had given some importance to the provision and protection of state and private pension funds. In the twenty-first century things began to change, to the extent that by the end of 2012 the Dutch government faced a €30billion deficit in pension provisions. This state of affairs came as something of a shock to many pensioners, who had bought into what the London Financial Times described as the second largest ‘defined benefit’ system, in Europe. In this context, ‘defined’ meant assured to the extent that pensioners would always receive a fixed portion of their final salary for the rest of their lives. As all good things come to an end, so did this arrangement

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Profile

Profile:

Profile: Netherlands

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (The Kingdom of The Netherlands)
Head of State: King Willem-Alexander (crowned 30 April 2013)
Head of government: Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) (from 2010; re-elected 12 Sep 2012)
Ruling party: Coalition, led by Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD) (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy) with Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA) (Labour Party) (from 2010; re-elected Sep 2012)
Area: 41,473 square km
Population: 16.86 million (2014)
Capital: The Hague (seat of government); Amsterdam (legal and cultural)
Official language: Dutch and Frisian
Currency: Euro (€) = 100 cents (from 1 Jan 2002; previous currency guilder, locked at f2.20 per euro)
Exchange rate: €0.89 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$51,373 (2014)
GDP real growth: 0.88% (2014)
GDP: US$866.35 billion (2014)
Labour force: 8.90 million (2014)*
Unemployment: 7.40% (2014)
Inflation: 0.32% (2014)
Natural gas production: 55.80 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$105.25 billion (2014)*
Annual FDI: US$15.60 billion (2011)
* estimated figure

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