With a population of almost 17 million, the Netherlands only seems like a small country within Europe, but it has the sixteenth largest economy in the world and the sixth largest in the European Union. It has an open economy that is oriented towards trade with other countries. As the fifth largest exporter of goods in the world, the Netherlands occupies a prominent position on the world market.
The Netherlands exports approximately 3.8% of the world’s total exports and has a share of 3.4% of global total imports. Being such an open economy for investors, the Netherlands is the world’s tenth-largest recipient of foreign investments, with foreign investors providing 15% of the total number of jobs in the Netherlands.
With its central geographical position and outstanding infrastructure it is an ideal gateway to start a new investment. The Netherlands already acts as a logistical hub for Europe through the port of Rotterdam (Europe’s largest) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, both with renowned service levels. The Netherlands also hosts one of the most important internet hubs in the world, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange; hundreds of IT companies have established their headquarters in the Netherlands.