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  Wednesday, December 5, 2007 Issue 176 Volume 7 Number 25  
This issue sponsored by Europages

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• NETHERLANDS
Our Featured Country
• GOOD COUNTRY RESEARCH AT COUNTRY INSIGHTS
Worldwide Country Profiles
• IS IT ON TIME? FIND OUT AT FAA FLIGHT DELAY INFORMATION
Timely Flight Information
• TOP TEN LISTS FROM LIST UNIVERSE
Top 10 Lists and More
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
International Trade Specialist

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell with the latest sites to help your business.

The Netherlands is small in size but not economic power, and I've got a site in this issue that will help you get a foothold in this thriving economy. There's always room for another country research site, and I profile an excellent one in this issue. Also, I found a site that gives you real time updates on airport delays anywhere in the U.S. Finally, I found a site with every kind of Top Ten list you can imagine -- you'll get hours of enjoyment out of this one!

And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links ( http://fita.org/webindex ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.

NETHERLANDS
Our Featured Country

The Netherlands ranks 133rd among the world's countries in terms of land mass, but in 2006 it was 11th for both imports and exports. It's a small country with a big economy, and it depends heavily on foreign trade. If this sounds like a country you'd like to investigate further, a good site to visit is the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency ( http://www.nfia.com ). It's directed at U.S. companies that may want to invest in the Netherlands, but don't let that fool you -- there's plenty of good information here no matter what country you're from. You'll find statistics, industry profiles, news, regional profiles, information about living in the Netherlands, fact sheets, publications, a calendar of trade-related events, useful links, and much more. Access to some services requires registration, but it's free.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Netherlands Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/nl.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Netherlands Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in the Netherlands.

Click on "Useful Links" and you'll find a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more.

The Netherlands Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other regions or countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page ( http://www.fita.org ).

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing business in the Netherlands. Check out Dealing With the Dutch: The Cultural Context of Business and Work in the Netherlands in the Early 21st Century, Culture Shock! the Netherlands: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette and Culture Smart! the Netherlands: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette.

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GOOD COUNTRY RESEARCH AT COUNTRY INSIGHTS
Worldwide Country Profiles

The next time you're looking for some background information on a country, take a look at Country Insights ( http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/country_insights-en.asp?lvl=8 ). This Canadian government site has fast facts, profiles, and useful links for countries worldwide. I also like that some profiles have cultural dos and don'ts which tell you the local attitudes and customs about dress, conversation, displaying emotion, punctuality, resolving workplace conflicts, religion, and communication styles, so you can make the best impression when you go there.

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IS IT ON TIME? FIND OUT AT FAA FLIGHT DELAY INFORMATION
Timely Flight Information

Here's a site that all you air travelers will find useful. FAA Flight Delay Information ( http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp ), from the Federal Aviation Administration, is easy to use, but full of valuable info. Just select your airport, and instantly you'll get real-time information about flight delays at that airport. This is up to the minute information from the FAA about arrivals and departures, and there are links to specific airlines so you can find out if your flight is delayed. This is a great site to bookmark for a quick visit before you leave for a trip.

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TOP TEN LISTS FROM LIST UNIVERSE
Top 10 Lists and More

Nowadays there are Top Ten lists for just about every subject imaginable, and I have to admit they're fun to read. At List Universe ( http://listverse.com ) you can read lots of these lists, and even contribute some of your own. You'll find lists for: expensive paintings, bizarre buildings, unsolved mysteries, classic toys, budget meals, box office bombs, common historical myths, books that changed the world, tips for frugal living, and much more. Some of the most popular and recent lists are right on the home page, but to see all the lists, click on "View All Lists". You can also leave comments at the bottom of each list, and I noticed some lively discussions going on when I visited.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
International Trade Specialist

In the FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can now apply for jobs online and post their resume--free of charge--in an exclusive database that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking employees with international degrees and/or related work experience. Featured job this week is for an International Trade Specialist for the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia in Philadelphia PA. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

Let the jobs come to you! Employers are looking for people with international skills. Post your resume TODAY and reap the rewards of the FITA Career HQ! And with a FITA Career HQ job agent, you can decide what kind of job you are looking for and let the system do the searching for you. Simply set up specific search parameters in a Job Agent, and whenever a job is posted that matches your criteria, you'll be notified automatically via email. It's that easy!

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