Ranked according to four main factors

IMD, a private business school offering executive education and MBAs, compiles the WCY rankings annually. For this year’s edition, IMD ranked a total of 61 countries worldwide according to four main factors: Economic Performance, Government Efficiency, Business Efficiency and Infrastructure. 

Attractive location

Such international recognition highlights the attractiveness of the Netherlands, and especially the Amsterdam Area, as a key location for foreign investment. Last year, 139 new international companies established offices in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

According to the latest edition of EY’s European Attractiveness Survey, Western Europe has gained momentum. FDI inflows into Europe rose by 36% in 2014, the biggest increase among major regions. EY has not yet released exact numbers for the Netherlands. However, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) noted a record amount of foreign direct investment in 2014. The majority of companies choosing to invest in the Netherlands choose the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.