Foreign investors drawn to Amsterdam

The annual EY attractiveness surveys analyse growth from foreign direct investment in countries and regions across the globe. They help public sector and business leaders make economically sound strategy and policy decisions. The 2016 report about the Netherlands (click here to view the full PDF), released on 23 May 2016, showed that the Netherlands, and Amsterdam in particular, enjoys a healthy climate in terms of attracting foreign investment. In 2015 there were a record number of 219 foreign investment projects in the country, an increase of 47% compared to 2014.

The decision makers interviewed for the report were generally impressed by the overall Dutch business climate, especially by the quality of life, the education level of the local workforce and the digital infrastructure. The Netherlands also scored high on the global ICT Development Index and on the level of broadband penetration.

Amsterdam scores high on all fronts

The Netherlands scored well on the list of attractive cities for foreign investment, with Amsterdam coming in at third place overall on the list of cities – up two notches from the year before. Amsterdam also came in at fifth place worldwide when interviewees were asked which city could see the emergence of “the next Google”, and it scored particularly high in terms of international business climate and logistics infrastructure.

And the fact that the European Union recently declared Amsterdam the innovation capital of Europe will undoubtedly give the city an extra boost, according to the report.

Another key point mentioned in the report is the startup economy, an area where the Netherlands excels. The Dutch government is running the Startup Delta programme to strengthen the startup ecosystem and to improve the country’s international position, and Amsterdam plays a key role in these developments with initiatives such as StartupAmsterdam and the ACE Venture Lab.