In the 2015 edition of the ranking, which compares 189 countries worldwide, the Netherlands comes 27th.

Setting up a business in the Netherlands

Generally seen as a good indicator for the overall business climate, the World Bank report compares 189 economies, looking at how conducive the regulatory environment in 11 categories is to the starting and operation of a business. The categories include business start-up, getting credit, getting electricity and trading across borders.

Good start-up conditions

The Netherlands traditionally ranks higher than the average of the OECD countries. In the 2015 ranking, the Netherlands surpasses many other European countries, including France, Luxembourg and Belgium. According to the report, it is very easy to start a business in the Netherlands: entrepreneurs can start a business within four days here, compared to five and a half in Denmark, 14,5 in Germany and six in the UK.

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 that is flexible enough to anticipate the rapidly changing requirements of international economic flows. In addition, tax agreements that guarantee univocal treatment have been made with most of the world’s trading nations.