I know what you mean cutiebutie. No need to defend Singapore, I wasn't attacking it.cutiebutie wrote:There is widespread wealth. You must stop looking at it thru European eyes. We are not European, we do not have the same infrastructure, we did not have the same time to develop.
Oh yes, there are countries with a far better balance in wealth. Often seen as socialist by the critics from mainly USA and Asia, but in a lot of especially the Northern European countries, the access to wealth is shared by a huge majority of the people living there.sourisso wrote:japan is not as dependant as singapore, can't compare.
widespread wealth here ? sure...
ain't no thing such as widespread wealth country out there anyway, anywhere..
Not so, Japan has to make massive imports of raw materials from Brazil and China. Raw materials from Brazil and two thirds of its foodstuffs from China.sourisso wrote:i tought japan has more natural resources than singapore thats why i said that... but well i dont know much about Japan except Kitano's movies
then that is not correct.And in countries like the Scandinavian countries and The Netherlands, the GDP is actually earned by a huge majority of its people.
People on pensions are not unemployed; for the most part they are retired although they may choose to work if they are able toÂ find any and are of course healthy enough.cutiebutie wrote:Unemployment rates are low because they don't count the people on pensions
Not true although this may depend on which country you are in.part-time work is considered as full-time for the statistics.
Hmm, I don't think so, and 21 hours is considered full time, so that is not a lot, but is good for the statistics.I am afraid they either tought you some untrue facts about The Netherlands, or your thoughts were elsewhere during classes: Parttime only is considered employed, when 20 hours per week or more.
I have to say, I have more confidence in the statistics in Holland than here in SIngapore, where the government tends to be quite creative in stating figures...
The other fact you're saying, about the taxpayers versus recipients, that is a myth, really.
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