Netherlands ranks 75th out of 98 countries for its approach to managing coronavirus

The Netherlands ranks 75th in the world for the quality of its coronavirus approach, according to new research from Australia. New Zealand ranks number one. The study explored how 98 countries have managed the pandemic to date.

The researchers looked at six criteria: the number of infections, confirmed deaths, confirmed cases per million people; infections as a proportion of tests; and tests per thousand people. “Collectively, these indicators point to how well or poorly countries have managed the pandemic in the 36 weeks that followed their hundredth confirmed case of COVID-19.”

Each country received an average score out of 100. New Zealand scored 94.4. Vietnam, Taiwan, and Thailand follow. According to researchers, these countries took a tough approach to eliminate the virus early on.

The Netherlands, on the other hand, weighed in at just 33.5, followed closely by Russia.

Brazil is managing the virus the worst, with a score of 4.3. They are followed by Mexico, Colombia, Iran, and the United States.

Policy choices and political circumstances

The study concludes that “systemic factors alone — a society’s regional provenance, political system, economic development, or size — cannot account fully for the differences observed in global crisis responses.”

The results identify some of the strengths and vulnerabilities in the way different countries are prepared to deal with a public policy challenge of this scale. “But policy choices and political circumstances of the day appear to be just as important in shaping national responses to the pandemic.”

How do you think the Netherlands is managing the pandemic? Tell us in the comments below.

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Brin Andrews
Brin Andrews
Brin is an avid ice cream eater from the US, calling Amsterdam home since early 2019. As a lover of mountains, life below sea level has been a bit of an adjustment, but she manages to stay afloat with long runs, wine, and frequent travel. Incidentally, these are a few of her favourite topics to write about.


  1. Thank you for this report. This news is very disappointing. For a country known for efficiency, this is not good news for its citizens who are desperate in getting vaccinated. I hope the government gets it right ASAP.

  2. I’m so surprised that the Netherlands have come in at 75th, I would have thought that the country would have been more efficient at handling the Covid virus. As I live in Australia we have done well overall, but when talking to my Dutch relatives in Holland I was surprised how they could go out to restaurants and travel around Europe, it is no wonder that the EU and Britain are doing so bad.

  3. The poldermodel is no good for crisis. And an upcoming election doesn’t help either, especially in a neo-liberal country…

  4. As a native English speaking doctor of health, I am very aware of how English speaking expat patients are experiencing great stress in finding proper mental health services, and the ‘gap’ in finding therapists who truly understand and can address the cultural differences in times of stress. Perhaps Brin you can address this in a column. I would be happy to pleased to be interviewed.


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