Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Netherlands has become less competitive over the past year in the world

The Netherlands has become less competitive over the past year, the World Economic Forum rankings published on Tuesday show. The Netherlands fell from 8th to 10th position, mainly because of worries over the solvency of the banking sector. More difficult access to credit for Dutch businesses is also cited as a problem factor, together with an inefficient government bureaucracy and restrictive labour regulations. Infrastructure in the Netherlands is found to be insufficient, the road network in particular, hampering the transport sector.
The rankings are led by Switzerland, overtaking the United States as the world's most competitive economy. The least competitive country, at place 133 in the list, is Burundi. Last year, Zimbabwe was at the tail end of the list. It is now no. 132.
The WEF competitiveness top 10 for 2009 reads as follows:

1 Switzerland
2 United States
3 Singapore
4 Sweden
5 Denmark
6 Finland
7 Germany
8 Japan
9 Canada
10 Netherlands

Protesting Obama

From this site.

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There is an USA congressional proposal to charge a $10 travel fee for EU citizens travelling to the USA which would finance an US program to promote travelling to the USA.
If it passes, the EU says, some U.S. travelers to Europe could face retaliation.

Day Opening - September 8

The Spanish Hall in Schloss Ambras, Innbruck.