What's in a Frisian business name? Regional identity in the Netherlands

A.P. van Langevelde, P.H. Pellenbarg

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In this paper data is presented that gives indications that Fryslan, being the only minority language region in the Netherlands, can be considered to have a distinct regional economy in the Dutch context. Therefore, information is given about the extent of regional identification in business names all over the Netherlands. Reference is made to the theoretical work of Rose and the empirical investigations of Zelinsky and Pellenbarg. Interviews in business firms in Fryslan are described.

Fryslan appears to have a special position in the Netherlands in that there is a relatively strong identification by entrepreneurs with the province using the name of that region in business names but particularly by using the regional language, Frisian, for that purpose. There are strong indications that Fryslan also has a distinct regional economic development in the Dutch context because of the bilingual situation.

The paper ends with an evaluation and with policy recommendations for the Provincial Government of Fryslan.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)309-323
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftTijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - 2001

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