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The Netherlands, a fine country of flowers, windmills, and loose regulations around the finer things in life. This country is in many ways like a lot of very developed European economies we have explored earlier on the channel, very high living standards, good social mobility a strong economy and healthy inequality but the Netherlands hides a bit of a secret behind its lovely flowerful smile, it is one of the largest tax havens in the world.
But how does this make any sense? The Netherlands has a high-income tax rate of over 50% for top earners and a corporate tax rate of 25%. And there are not even particularly strict laws around things like banking privacy (like there are in countries like Switzerland) … so if all of this is making the Netherlands sound like a pretty terrible tax haven all in all, why is it so popular?
? Want to learn more about the economy of the Netherlands? We recommend reading “Tulipomania: The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused”, by Mike Dash ? (as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases)
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Double Irish Dutch Sandwhich: archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/04/28/business/Double-Irish-With-A-Dutch-Sandwich.html
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