The Netherlands is one of the twenty largest economies in the world and is a leading knowledge economy. KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives Survey 2016 ranks the Netherlands as the “No. 1 Most Attractive Country in Western Europe for Foreign Companies.”
The Netherlands is in the centre of the three largest economies in Europe—Germany, the UK and France. This position gives companies in the Netherlands easy access to Europe’s 500 million consumers. Perhaps that’s why the Netherlands is dubbed the “Gateway to Europe.”
The Netherlands is ranked No. 2 in the world for overall logistics performance. The country offers world-class seaports, highly connected airports and an extensive, modern network of roads and railways.
In the Netherlands, 90% of the population speaks English and most people are multilingual. The Dutch higher education system is ranked seventh in the world and is home to nearly 50 universities and a variety of specialized training facilities. Among the Netherlands’ higher education institutions are the Delft University of Technology, one of the top 20 universities for engineering and technology, and the Technical University of Eindhoven that is considered the third most influential for scientific research in Europe.
Many Dutch companies, like KLM and Philips, also practice “open innovation” where it opens their company to collaborate with others within their industries on new technology and solutions. The Netherlands also offers tax incentives specifically geared to support R&D innovation.
The Netherlands has the highest broadband penetration per capita in the world and is considered Europe’s most wired country. The Netherlands offers a 100% digital community network that ranks among the world’s best for quality, speed and reliability.
Relating to international tax rules, the Netherlands ranks No. 1, according to the Tax Foundation. The Netherlands has one of the most competitive income tax rates in Europe. A wide tax treaty network, special benefits for highly skilled expats and clarity and certainty in advance of future tax positions, are just a few features that make it easy for expanding companies.
The Netherlands is one of the most prosperous countries in the world and the citizens are satisfied with their material and social circumstances. With 22,000 miles of cycle paths, there are more bicycles than people in the Netherlands. Due to cycling Dutch people have half a year longer life expectancy than the average European.