The characterization of the Netherlands as a “postage-stamp nation” in the March 28 news article “In Amsterdam, U.S. scandal creates barely a ripple” was way off the mark and trivialized the country. The term describes nations that derive a major source of revenue from the sale of postage stamps — Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and San Marino, for example. The small size of these countries is incidental. The Netherlands did not achieve its status as the world’s 18th-largest economy by selling colorful commemorative stamps to collectors.
Frank P. Homburger, Alexandria