Europe’s Best Country for Business

Ranked No. 8 in Europe by Bloomberg’s “Best Countries for Business,” the Netherlands is truly a world-class business destination. Holland’s strategic location at Europe’s front door provides the perfect springboard into the European market—with access to 95% of Europe’s most lucrative consumer markets within 24 hours of Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

Add to that Holland’s supportive corporate tax structure, highly educated, multilingual workforce, and superior logistics and technology infrastructure and it’s no wonder so many multinational businesses—from small and mid-sized to Fortune 500 leaders—have chosen the Netherlands as their gateway to Europe.

Holland’s Business Advantages

Strategic Location

Strategically located at Europe’s front door, the Netherlands provides access to 95% of Europe’s most lucrative consumer markets within 24 hours of Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

International Business Climate

Ranked No. 1 on DHL’s Global Connectedness Index, the Netherlands has a competitive international climate and is home to 8,000+ foreign companies. In fact, 50% of Dutch GDP is derived internationally.

Superior Infrastructure

Ranked No. 2 in the world for overall logistics performance, the Netherlands is home to world-class seaports, centrally located airports, an extensive network of roads and highways and the 2nd highest quality broadband network in Europe.

Competitive Fiscal Climate

With a competitive statutory corporate income tax rate in Europe—25% (20% on the first €200,000)—the Dutch fiscal climate has a number of attractive features for international companies.

Highly Educated, Multilingual Workforce

A model of efficiency and dedication, Holland’s highly educated workforce sets the pace for European productivity in a wide range of capabilities. Plus, 90% of Dutch are fluent in English—the lingua franca of international business, science and technology.

Creative & Innovative Environment

Ranked No. 4 on the Global Innovation Index, the Netherlands is home to an attractive test market, adaptive consumers and an open culture. As one of the world’s most multicultural hubs for creative talent, Holland is, simply put, a great place to bring ideas to life.

Thriving Sectors

Fueled by world-class research institutes and public-private partnerships between academia, industry and government, the Netherlands also has a rich tradition of looking across borders to advance growth of its thriving Agrifood, IT, Chemicals, High Tech Systems, Life Sciences & Health, Creative and other sectors.

Exceptional Quality of Life

Ranked as the 7th happiest place on earth by the World Happiness Report, the Netherlands has a high standard of living with a lower cost of living than most European countries.

Facts and Figures

Key economic data regarding the Dutch economy has been garnered from information supplied by renowned research institutes and is reported and placed in an international context alongside data for other countries, allowing the reader to place our performance in a true global perspective.

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