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- Stats for Netherlands
The Netherlands is an outlier in this Cultural Cluster because it is a very Loose culture. In some ways it is more like the Anglo-American cluster and falls between the two clusters. Is some ways it is more like the Nordic countries because of its fishing and shipping industry. The Netherlands is Neutral in expressiveness and has low Uncertainty Avoidance.
Top 25 Stats
Human Development Index- 4th; Internet Access- 96.08% (4th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Dutch (78.2%); Frisian (5.1%); Groningers (3.7%); Asian (8.3%, Arab, Indonesian, Turkish, other); Caribbean peoples (2.1%); Many other European nationalities.
Dutch, Frisian, English
Has a strong industrial, agricultural, and trade economy; Is a member of the European Union. Has low unemployment and a generous social security system. Historically, is one of the world’s great commercial nations and continues to be for its size.
History / Politics
Independence in 1568 from Spain after a Protestant revolt from Catholic Spain. It is now a stable, democratic, constitutional monarchy. Almost no restrictions on drug use, deviant lifestyles, prostitution, euthanasia, or abortion.
Christianity in the Netherlands has reached a low point. It had a glorious record of ministry to refugees, Jews, and for sending foreign missionaries. Mainline Catholic and Protestant churches declined dramatically to about 20% in 2010. Evangelical and charismatic churches have helped keep Christian numbers higher. Many immigrants, including Muslims, are a mission field all by themselves.
Pray that the affluence of society would not seduce people away from the Gospel. Pray that the self-identified Christians would experience a revival of true belief. Pray that evangelical and charismatic churches continue to grow and send missionaries. Pray that outreach will occur to the many immigrants who may be more open to the Gospel.