johnnie - 11:29 am on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
Same qualities like in Canada, but in the Old World (as a bonus!)
Great place to w*rk, entrepreneurial, multicultural, great place to raise kids.
Once you've been there, there's no way you'll forget!
As a Dutch resident, I'll unfortunately have to disagree. The multicultural aspect has become more of a curse than a blessing, as cities like Rotterdam and Amsterdam are flooded with poorly skilled immigrants from north African descent. I find that many of these people have been so spoilt with government grants that they have little morale and respect. Especially the youngsters are a problem; they have little identity and tend to cause a motherload of trouble. Our tradition of soft policing is not helping this matter much.
Also, I would definitely not consider the Netherlands as being apolitical. Despite our small size, we have an amazingly large profile (and yes, that includes forward-deployed NATO nukes). We're one of the US's closest allies and that brings along some political controversy every now and then. Also, the weather is piss-poor, there is next to no wildlife and the people in my opinion are too concerned with material wealth and other more trivial things.
One thing you are right about is business; this is one hell of an entrepreneurial nation. Hell, we invented capitalism itself. You will however have to be wary of high tax rates and a web of rules and regulations. If you navigate these waters well though, you can definitely breed success here. Infrastructure is top-notch in all aspects, internet adoption is sky-high and people are well-educated to the point where you no longer need to learn Dutch to live here. Make sure however that you plan carefully as commutes can be fiercely frustrating due to traffic congestion.