Netherlands Global Rankings
There are many advantages that make the Netherlands first choice of the companies, entrepreneurs and Start-ups. Knowledge Economy and Favourable Business-climate is the Main one. This climate can be characterized as innovative, business friendly, flexible tax- and legal-system, well-educated people, good connections and last but certainly not least access to potential customer-base of 500 million within European Union.
The EU has established a single market across the territory of all its members. 18 member states have also joined a monetary union known as the Eurozone, which uses the Euro (€) as a single currency. In 2019, the EU had a combined GDP of 18.29 trillion dollars. EU owns the largest net wealth in the world.
The Netherlands is well connected to the rest of Europe and the world. Within Europe, we have connections by water, rail, road and air. The inland waterways offer a direct connection to Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The railways offer connections throughout Europe, as do the road-system. The main airport of the Netherlands is Schiphol-Amsterdam airport.
The Netherlands borders Germany to the east and Belgium to the south. To the west is the North Sea. Approximately one quarter of the country is below sea-level. Several rivers flow into the North Sea, such as the Rhine, Meuse, Scheldt and Ijssel. At the mouth of these rivers, harbours were formed of which Rotterdam, one of the biggest ports of the world.
The Netherlands has an open economy and as a result is a prosperous country. Most important industrial activities are food-processing, IT, chemicals, oil-refineries and manufacturing of electrical and electronic goods.
The Dutch people are well-educated. On average people are under compulsory education till age 16. From 16 till 18 they are under an obligation to further their education, but this is not policed. When they leave school, they have at least a theoretical knowledge in a wide range of subjects. Most people can use at least two languages, Dutch and English.
There are several forms to do business: branch, subsidiary, partnership, agent, and distributor as a foreign company.
For a branch it is simply a matter of the foreign head office should simply file certain documents and data with the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce. No prior governmental approval is required.
Dutch law distinguishes two types of limited liability companies: the public limited liability company (Naamloze Vennootschap or NV) and the private limited liability company (Besloten Vennootschap or BV).
The Dutch legal system has its origin in the Roman system, i.e. it is not a case-system. Especially in contract-law this gives maximum flexibility. Basically, anything is possible if it is not illegal.