The number of jobs generated by new foreign investment projects in the Netherlands has increased to a record number of 9,800 - an increase of 7% on 2013. The jobs were created by 353 foreign investment projects announced last year, according to the provisional results of IBM’s annual Global Location Trends report 2015. The news was picked up by several Dutch agencies such as newswire ANP and Computable (in Dutch).

According to IBM, the strategic location, outstanding infrastructure and competitive labour costs are some of the unique selling points that attract foreign companies to the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: An international hotspot

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area attracts the most foreign companies to the Netherlands, followed by Rotterdam. According to the latest numbers by IBM, 150 international companies established new offices in the Amsterdam area in 2014. 

Magnet for tech companies

Last year, the Netherlands became even more popular as a destination for companies in the ICT sector. The same is the case for the Amsterdam area, which is home to a blossoming tech community helped along by an excellent digital infrastructure. According to real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), Amsterdam was the top performing European location in the data centre market in 2014, with data centres in Amsterdam recording a record take-up. CBRE has also stated that Amsterdam is the undisputed leader in Europe, with a market share of almost 34 per cent.
Most foreign companies that set up an office in The Netherlands have their roots in the United States of America. Other important foreign investors come from Asian countries such as China and Taiwan.