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Life in the Netherlands through the eyes of Amsterdam’s most sarcastic expat.

The Great 30% Ruling Robbery

The 30% ruling tax benefit changed

The Great 30% Ruling Benefit Robbery Imagine the outcry if the Dutch government were to announce that from 2019 tax relief on mortgages would not only be significantly reduced but that the change will be retroactive for the previous three years. There would be an orange revolution! The Dutch wouldn’t stand …

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The Quality Service Of PostNL

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The high-quality service of PostNL In the past, the Shallow Man has written about the high-quality service of PostNL. Based on personal experience, PostNL should have the following mission statement: Develop community spirit by delivering packages to complete strangers, thus enabling people to get to know each other Improve the …

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The Use of Propaganda By The VVD In The Dutch Municipal Elections 2018

Dutch municipal elections 2018

Propaganda by the VVD in the Dutch municipal elections 2018 Propaganda, a definition Dissemination of information—facts, arguments, rumours, half-truths, or lies—to influence public opinion. (source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/propaganda) The Dutch Municipal Elections 2018 The Dutch municipal elections 2018 are taking place on March 21st, 2018.  If you’re an EU citizen you have the …

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Scenes From The Dutch Schoolpleinpolitiek With Expats

Scenes From The Dutch Schoolpleinpolitiek An expat reader of mine who goes by the clever name of Sue Denim has been kind enough to provide her observations of the complex intercultural human interaction that takes place during the school run. The mysteries of the Dutch schoolpleinpolitiek are revealed in this …

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My Five Favourite Things About Life In The Netherlands

Life in the Netherlands My Favourite Things The Shallow Man recently received the following comment from an aggrieved reader. Is it just me? To notice an edge of cynicism (check spelling.) within your recent posts? Could you find another slant? This pisstake has become tedious/odious. Yes, you make a point …

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Living In the Netherlands A Song

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Living in the Netherlands A Song I love living in this country so much that I’ve decided to write a song about it. Based on the music of the late great James Brown and his song ‘Living in America’. Watch the video below if you’re not familiar with the song. …

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Dutch Women Work The Least Hours In Europe

Shock survey results show that Dutch women work the least hours in Europe I hope you’re sitting down while reading this as the Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (SCP) has published results of a survey that shows that Dutch women work the least hours in Europe. Well, blow me over with a …

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