Proceedings of the First International Conference on Democracy and Social Transformation, ICON-DEMOST 2021, September 15, 2021, Semarang, Indonesia

Research Article

Societal Reactions to the Corona Pandemic in the Netherlands

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315591,
        author={Freek  Colombijn},
        title={Societal Reactions to the Corona Pandemic in the Netherlands},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Democracy and Social Transformation, ICON-DEMOST 2021, September 15, 2021, Semarang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICON-DEMOST},
        year={2022},
        month={2},
        keywords={corona pandemic; solidarity; popular protest; accommodation; everyday resistance},
        doi={10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315591}
    }
    
  • Freek Colombijn
    Year: 2022
    Societal Reactions to the Corona Pandemic in the Netherlands
    ICON-DEMOST
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315591
Freek Colombijn1,*
  • 1: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
*Contact email: freek.colombijn@gmail.com

Abstract

Every country in the world has to navigate the current Corona pandemic in its own way, taking national peculiarities into account. The government in the Netherlands has struggled to find a balance between the need for strict measures imposed in top-down manner, and the popular desire for individual freedom. The government has faced some open mass protest and more covert conspiracy theories circulating on Internet. Another problem for the Netherlands is the extremely open border, combined with the need to align national policies with policies of the European Union. The Corona pandemic has also had a positive effect, on new forms of solidarity and a slowing down of an overheated society.