An excellent educational system and state-of-the-art infrastructure
The WEF defines competitiveness as the set of institutions, policies and other factors that determine the level of productivity of a country. In the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, the Netherlands keeps its spot in the top ten. According to the report, the Netherlands boasts an excellent infrastructure, with the best possible quality of port infrastructure (where it ranks first) and excellent transportation links by air, road and railroads. The country’s excellent educational system (ranking third) and efficient factor markets are highly supportive of business activity. Dutch businesses are highly sophisticated (ranking fifth) and the technological readiness of the Dutch stands out as well.
Hub for tech and talent
These results are supported by previous research. According to a recent global education league table compiled by education and publishing specialists Pearson, the Netherlands’ education system presently ranks eighth in the world. And according to the EU Transport Scoreboard compiled by the European Commission, the Netherlands (alongside Germany) provides the best transport systems in Europe. Research by Akamai reaffirmed this spring that the Netherlands is home to one of the fastest internet connections in the world and, according to the latest Akamai report, high broadband adoption (with a speed of more than 10 Mbps) is at 45% in the Netherlands – a much higher percentage than in many other European countries. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area also boasts the best possible digital foundation thanks to the presence of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange, which is the largest data transport hub in the world.