Almost one third of the Dutch want to be their own boss

Almost one in three people in the Netherlands would prefer to be their own boss, slightly below the European average, according to research by the European Commission.

On average, 37% of Europeans want to work for themselves, down from 45% in 2009. This ‘reflects the current economic situation with less promising business prospects and the increased wish for a secure employment’, the Commission said in a statement.
Outside Europe the picture is very different. Eight out of 10 Turks want to be their own boss, as do 63% of Brazilians and 56% of Chinese, the research showed.
There has been a sharp rise in people going it alone in the Netherlands in recent years. Earlier this week, the Chamber of Commerce said 96% of new firms created in the Netherlands last year were one-man-operated companies.
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