IMD, a private business school offering executive education and MBAs, compiles the WCY rankings annually. This study measures how well countries manage their economic and human resources to increase their prosperity. For 2012-2013, 60 countries were ranked according to four main factors: economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure.
Accessing the European Market
In recent times, the Netherlands also performed well on the GE Innovation Barometer, underpinning its international competitiveness. The Netherlands climbed to 11th place on the 2013 GE Global Innovation Barometer – an increase of 11 spots. Published annually, this list is the culmination of a survey on how international business leaders view innovation in different countries around the world.
Such international recognition highlights the attractiveness of the Netherlands and especially the Amsterdam Area as a key location for foreign investment. On average, the Amsterdam Area attracts between 100 and 120 new international companies each year and is a popular base for companies expanding into the European market and beyond.