WHY THE NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam’s strategic location provides many benefits, with Frankfurt, Paris, London, and Brussels only few hours away. The Netherlands is ranked first on DHL’s Global Connectedness, making it very attractive for businesses. Within 300 miles are over 170 million consumers, and within 600 miles are 244 million, roughly half of the EU’s single market.
Traveling to and from The Netherlands is made easy by its extensive infrastructure network. Amsterdam’s airport Schiphol is one of the largest in Europe, offering 320+ direct destinations. The rail network is one of the most advanced in Europe, while the Port city of Rotterdam boasts Europe’s largest port.
FLUENCY IN ENGLISH
The Netherlands is a truly bilingual nation. English is universally spoken in schools and offices alike, alongside Dutch. Expats can easily navigate the city using English in the workplace, for study, and in daily life. In Amsterdam, nearly all administrative communications are also provided in English, as it is the second official language.
The Netherlands maintains a vibrant and competitive business environment, particularly focusing on attracting expats. This fosters a creative and innovative environment filled with ambitious professionals. Furthermore, The Netherlands maintains a strong clustering business environment, making it easy for companies to competitively position themselves within their industries.
The Netherlands maintains a very stable political status quo. The government functions as a multiparty parliamentary democracy, and in the recent general election, the dutch voters staved off the populist contender. According to the World Bank’s World Governance Indicator on Political Stability, The Netherlands holds a score of 0.93, one of the highest in Europe and higher than both France (0.27) and Germany (0.72).
HIGHLY SKILLED LABOR
The Netherlands maintains a relatively high level of educated residents, with the rate of young people expected to graduate with a secondary education or higher at 92% and rising since 2011 (42% at university level). In a European research project on the readiness and availability of skilled labour across Europe, The Netherlands scored the highest at 7.05, higher than both Germany (5.02) and the United Kingdom (5.62).