Dutch are no true finders

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 July 2007 , AMSTERDAM – The Dutch are not honest people. This was the conclusion reached by Reader’s Digest magazine. The Reader’s Digest journalists left a total of 960 mobile telephones lying about unguarded in the largest cities in 32 countries. Of the 30 cell phones which had been left lying about in Amsterdam, fourteen were returned. With this score the Netherlands ranks 29th in the honesty survey, according to Readers Digest on Monday.

23 July 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch are not honest people. This was the conclusion reached by Reader’s Digest magazine. The Reader’s Digest journalists left a total of 960 mobile telephones lying about unguarded in the largest cities in 32 countries. Of the 30 cell phones which had been left lying about in Amsterdam, fourteen were returned. With this score the Netherlands ranks 29th in the honesty survey, according to Readers Digest on Monday.

Foreign tourists visiting Amsterdam are more honest than the ‘native’ Amsterdam residents. Four times it was a tourist from abroad who found the telephone on the street and in each case the telephone was returned. The survey also showed that women are more honest than men . Of the 21 mobile phones that were found by men, nine were given back while, of the nine women who found a telephone, seven were returned.

The population of the Slovenian city Ljubljana (260,000 inhabitants) turned out to be the    most honest; 29 of the telephones were returned to their rightful owner. Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur came at the bottom of the list with only thirteen telephones returned. 

Age does not seem to play a role in the honesty survey. In Amsterdam a middle-aged couple immediately took possession of the mobile phone they had found, while in New York a 16-year-old boy and his friends returned the phone.

[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]

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