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Australia’s health system is good, but it’s not perfect. Dan Peled/AAP

What can we learn from other countries’ health systems?

Health systems in all wealthier countries face similar problems, but their solutions are widely different. That should mean we can learn from other countries. To explore these differences, this week The…
The Dutch like their health system, even though they contribute to it from their own pockets. Bohbeh/Shuttersock

Creating a better health system: lessons from the Netherlands

Australia has a relatively strong health system by international standards, but it needs a makeover. To generate fresh ideas, The Conversation is profiling five international health systems that have important…
Planning a NExit: Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. EPA/Koen van Weel

EU election: pragmatic Dutch aproach means ‘NExit’ unlikely

Elections for the European Parliament in the Netherlands have traditionally been described as either “dull” or “extremely dull”. They were overshadowed by national elections in 1989 and 1994, and in 1999…
You can’t calculate for a confidence gap. AlenKadr/Shutterstock

One way to fix the gender gap in academia – only hire women

If you want more women in your organisation, advertise jobs that are designated for women only. That’s what Delft University of Technology did. Delft had a problem. It had too few women faculty members…
The abdication of Dutch monarch Queen Beatrix to her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, will end 115 consecutive years of female reign. EPA/Jerry Lampen

The Queen has retired – long live the King! A new Dutch monarch

April 30, 2013 - the annual Queen’s Day holiday - is an important date for the Dutch monarchy. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will formally abdicate her throne in favour of her son and heir, Willem-Alexander…
Sustainable employment initiatives in the Netherlands have proven effective in accommodating an ageing workforce. shutterstock

Sustainable employment and the ageing workforce: lessons learned from the Dutch

As populations in OECD countries continue rapidly to age, the increasing imbalance between those young enough to work and those old enough to receive the pension is sounding alarm bells. By 2050, the “old…
Beer taxes played an integral part in establishing Belgian territory. Flickr\ ee b b

How beer created the state of Belgium

Around the world, Belgium is famous for its beers and its brewing tradition. However, there is another link between beer and Belgium: historically, the country owes its very existence to beer. Surprisingly…

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