- Expatica countries
Index Last Var.(%) BEL 20 3083.51 0.32 DAX 9605.08 0.17 IBEX 30 10058.5 -1.04 CAC 40 4387.61 -0.20 FTSE 100 6806.86 -0.05 AEX 397.5 -0.20 DJIA 16272.65 0.46 Nasdaq 4318.933 0.63 FTSE MIB 20298.33 -0.11 TSX Composite 14214.35 0.18 ASX 5415.4 -0.10 Hang seng 22836.96 0.04 Straits Times 3110.78 0.45 ISEQ 20 836.3 0.23 EUR / USD 1.37976 0.67 EUR / GBP 0.82571 0.59 USD / GBP 0.598544 -0.10 Gold 1329.6 -0.13 Oil 108.9 -0.76 Silver 21.28 0.08
12/02/2010Bonaire referendum cancelled
A referendum on the future of the Dutch Antilles island of Bonaire has been cancelled.
The Governor of the Dutch Antilles, Frits Goedgedrag, decided to cancel the poll, because part of the population is barred from voting.
Under the current rules, European Dutch nationals are only allowed to vote if they came to live on the island before 1 January 2007.
The proposed formulation of the referendum question is also unclear, making it difficult for islanders to know what consequences their vote could have.
The decision has been taken on the advice of Bonaire’s lieutenant governor Glenn Thodé. Two weeks ago Mr Thodé called for the referendum to be cancelled because he thought it contravened international law.
Now the island council will have to convene to decide what to do next. The referendum was due to be held on 26 March.
The Dutch Antilles is due to be disbanded on 10 October 2010. Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius will become municipalities of the Netherlands, while islands of Curacao and Sint Maarten will become independent states within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
- Most Popular Articles
The International Job Fair 2014 serves both new and established members of the international community who are looking for a job in the Netherlands. Register online before 20 October to take advantage of the early bird discount.
Learn Dutch, find a house, experience Dutch culture, make connections, solve immigration and tax issues – all at Expatica’s 11th “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair in Amsterdam on Sunday, 2 November.
A guide to Dutch immigration and residency regulations
- Discussion Forums
US Expats attend the "i am not a tourist" Fair- Sunday Nov 2nd! Set up VVE for new development? Planning New Kitchen - Advice Needed Child & Parent Coaching - based in Amsterdam Child & Parent Coaching - based in Amsterdam
- Inside Expatica
A guide to telephone, internet and television along with utility services water, electricity and gas in the Netherlands.
Lost in the Dutch immigration system? Look no further than this guide compiled for our Survival Guide 2012.
Expatica offers a whistle-stop tour of life in the modern Netherlands.
The challenges and benefits of the maternity system in the Netherlands and how it differs to other countries.