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The Netherlands has more than 17 million inhabitants. With 504 inhabitants per square kilometre, it is densely populated. The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, where 820,000 people live. Amsterdam is part of the ‘Randstad’, the urban area with a lot of economic activity in the west of the country. The Hague (520,000 inhabitants), where the government is located, and the important port and city of Rotterdam (620,000 inhabitants) are also part of the Randstad, as well as two airports, including Schiphol Airport.
The Netherlands has two official languages: Dutch and Frisian. Many Dutch do not only speak Dutch, but are also quite competent in English.
The Netherlands is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with Curacao, Aruba, and Saint Martin (Sint Maarten). The government of the Netherlands consists of ministers, led by a prime minister. The king is also part of the government. Following elections, the political parties in the Second Chamber of the States General form the new government.
This document describes some of the key commercial and taxation factors that are relevant on setting up a business in The Netherlands. The document includes information on: