Dutch news in brief, Thursday 26 March 2009

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Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.

Dutch media swamped with irrelevant surveys
De Volkskrant writes about how the media are being swamped with the results of surveys on trivial and irrelevant topics.

Some of the irrelevant surveys’ findings reveal the man does the number two just about everywhere while the woman usually does it at home, three percent of the Dutch population sometimes has sex in the toilet, and that four percent of men use their gsm to update their Hyves or Facebook accounts while sitting on the toilet.  

Another survey also showed that an average Dutch person ate 200 grammes less fish last year.

Rotterdam wants parents to sign raising children contract
AD reports on efforts how Christian Democratic alderman for education Leonard Geluk wants to get parents to sign a contract on how they raise their children.

The city council of Rotterdam wants schools to draft contracts in which parents pledge to meet certain demands.

Among the proposed rules are: "I will only allow my children to watch Dutch TV shows", "I will serve breakfast before school" and "My child will go to bed on time".

Earlier, Geluk also proposed that all Rotterdam high schools start with voluntary drug testing.

An AD editorial writes that the contract "is self-evident or perhaps even pedantic or insulting to the average parent, but for those who do not really care it could be a push in the right direction. The plan fits in with the increasing involvement by the authorities in our private affairs."

Small business owners earn less than salaried employees
De Volkskrant reports the average owner of a small business earns less than a regular salaried employee and is more likely to live in poverty.

A report by the consultancy organisation EIM Business and Policy Research showed that over 12 percent of entrepreneurs had a low income, versus nine percent of those who are employed by companies.

This is the first comprehensive survey on how much the self-employed are earning, according to the paper.

Since 1990, the income of the self-employed has declined in comparison to that of the average earner. The decline in wages is reportedly because an increasing number of businesses are run by immigrants, women and starters - groups which do relatively poorly.

A EIM researcher, Mickey Folkeringa, said workers often have to work long hours too: "Quite a few entrepreneurs work 65 hours a week for the same money that an employee earns in 38 hours."

Where did all the Wims go to?
A resident of Eindhoven, Wim Daniels, who pondered over the disappearance of a typical Dutch name Wim, has written a book about it.

The book matter entitled Long live Wim; what is a world without Wims? talks about how there are hardly any Dutch people under 50 who are named Dutch. In his research, he also found out that there was a primary school that had not had a student named Wim in the past 30 years.

While writing the book, Daniels found that the name Wim enjoyed its heyday in the 1950s. There was also a woman named Wim: Wim Hora Adema. "She never married. I don't know if her name had anything to do with it."

Daniels hopes that the introduction the Warm Intimate Massager (WIM) by Philips will help to rehabilitate the name and make it sexier.

Radio Netherlands / Frank Scimone / Expatica

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