The Netherlands has been ranked in the top 10 of the world’s best countries for business (by Forbes). Our country is noted for its stable industrial relations, moderate unemployment and inflation, a sizeable trade surplus and an important role as a European transportation hub
The Netherlands, it is the sixth largest economy in the Eurozone. With a surface of 41,526 km² and a population of 16.77 million people, a great achievement. Amsterdam is the capital of the country and the city were the majority of new international businesses are setting up.
Holland is famous for its cheese and tulips, football (soccer), Rembrandt and the golden history as a trading nation. But the Netherlands’ most important selling points are the friendly fiscal climate, the excellent infrastructure and the relatively low costs for companies operating from here.
Ease of doing business
That the Netherlands is a very attractive place to do business is also reflected in the increased ease of doing business. As the World Bank points out in its country report on the Netherlands, it is easy to start a business in the Netherlands. According to the report, you can launch a new business here within five days.
Friendly fiscal climate
Besides the ease of starting a business, the Netherlands offers a very attractive fiscal climate for companies. International companies established in the Netherlands profit from various fiscal advantages, such as a competitive 25% corporate tax rate, no withholding tax on outgoing interest and royalty payments, double taxation relief and much more.
As an open economy, the Netherlands has always given priority to a transparent and stable tax system, flexible enough to anticipate the rapidly changing requirements of international economic flows. Moreover, tax agreements have been made with most of the world’s trading nations that guarantee univocal treatment.
Competitive location costs
Dutch wage levels are also amongst the lowest in Western Europe. The efficient Dutch legal system, with its transparent laws and a competitive tax system, allows companies to obtain the highest possible return on their investments. The costs of running an office in the Netherlands is also significantly lower than in neighboring countries like the UK, Germany and Belgium. These results illustrate that the Netherlands, and especially the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, is a very attractive place for international organizations to set up shop.
Due to the excellent infrastructure, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is an optimal base from which organizations can enter or expand to the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is centrally located, which means all crucial business destinations within Europe can be reached within two hours or less. This award-winning airport serves more than 265 destinations around the world with more than 90 airlines. Schiphol is Europe's third-largest cargo airport and the fourth-largest passenger airport. From Amsterdam, high-speed rail services also connect you to Paris, Brussels, London and many Germany cities.
The Port of Rotterdam ranks second in the world and the port of Amsterdam ranks fourth in Europe. With easy, direct connections by rail, road and water. Amsterdam is also the world’s busiest cocoa port, Europe’s largest port for fuel exports and Europe’s second-largest port for coal imports.