The Saba Islander

by Will Johnson

Ten companies you might not know are (partly) Dutch

The Dutch act sometimes as if they are a third world country when you need a project financed, but they own a lot of big companies besides these mentioned here.

The Netherlands by numbers

The Dutch get everywhere. Here are 10 companies which are at least partly Dutch but which do a good job of hiding their origins.

Australian Homemade

Yep – that nice company with the chocolates decorated with aboriginal drawings is based in Veenendaal and was set up by a Belgian called Frederik van Isacker. The Aborigines aparently protested and Australian Homemade then said its designs were by a Dutch artist inspired by indigenous art

Bugaboo
The company producing the world’s most trendy baby strollers was launched by Eindhoven Design Academy graduate Max Barenbrug in 1996 and now has over 800 staff and is sold in 50 countries. Single-handedly responsible for filling trams, buses and pavements the world over.

C&A
Clothing group C&A traces its roots back to 1841 when brothers Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer started trading in linen goods and textiles in the Frisian town of Sneek. They opened their first…

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