Amsterdam well-positioned as key Dutch hub

One of the new reports, the IMD World Competitiveness Scoreboard 2016, ranked the Netherlands at eighth place on the list of the world’s most competitive economies, up from 15th place last year.

The IMD World Competitiveness Center publishes these rankings every year, and they are widely regarded as a leading annual assessment of the competitiveness of countries. The rankings are based on the analysis of hundreds of criteria, in terms of economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure.

Amsterdam at centre of Dutch innovation

Another report, the European Innovation Scoreboard 2016, found the Netherlands to be a clear innovation leader among European countries. It enjoyed a level of innovation performance well above the EU average, and also saw the greatest improvement levels in many categories.

The report compares the innovation performance within the EU and gives a detailed analysis of each country’s strengths and weaknesses on the basis of important innovation drivers, such as research systems and investment. The Netherlands, with a performance level 21% above the EU average, did especially well in terms of international scientific co-publications. There was also strong Dutch growth in certain types of patent applications and new doctorate graduates.

The Netherlands also got high marks for the country’s excellent and attractive research systems, which are especially open to cooperation with partners from abroad. Likewise, the country excelled in terms of access to the skills needed to develop the knowledge-based economy, meaning having a highly talented and educated workforce. The country also scored among the top five in entrepreneurship due to its high degree of cooperation between companies and public-sector organisations.