Surpassing many other European neighbours for business

In the latest ranking of the world’s best countries for business, compiled by Forbes, the Netherlands ranks 10th, surpassing many other European countries such as the United Kingdom (12), France (19) and Germany (24). According to the profile that Forbes developed for the Netherlands, it is the sixth largest economy in the Eurozone.

Ease of doing business

That the Netherlands is a very attractive place to do business is also reflected in the increased ease of doing business, as measured by the World Bank. In its latest rankings, which compare 189 countries around the globe, the Netherlands lands 28th on the list – up from 30th last year. As the World Bank points out in its country report on the Netherlands, it has become easier to start a business in the Netherlands. According to the report, you can launch a new business here within five days.

Friendly fiscal climate

Besides the ease of starting a business, the Netherlands offers a very attractive fiscal climate for companies. As an open economy, the Netherlands has always given priority to a transparent and stable tax system, flexible enough to anticipate the rapidly changing requirements of international economic flows. Moreover, tax agreements have been made with most of the world’s trading nations that guarantee univocal treatment.

Foreign investments double

The friendly Dutch investment climate has not gone unnoticed by international businesses. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, foreign companies invested €827 million in the Netherlands and created over 4,000 jobs in the first half of 2013. Compared to the first six months of 2012, foreign investments have more than doubled.