The Netherlands

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The Netherlands has strong social traditions, rooted in its history, Christian beliefs and culture which support the principles of social responsibility. Its geography provides the background to its concern for environmental issues.

Small but densely populated, the Netherlands has a strong history of international trading and economic success. Its strong Christian (Catholic and Calvanistic) beliefs support labour rights, social security and equality at home and its provision of international aid. A long history of international trade has produced a relatively high number of well-known multinationals such as Shell, Unilever, Philips and Heineken, and the country is also a leading financial centre.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 14, 2010

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