Doing business in The Netherlands


The Netherlands, as the name implies, is a low-lying country, with one-quarter of the country below sea level. The dykes and sea walls help to protect several areas from flooding. The land been claimed by the sea have been reclaimed, the most recent example is the Flevoland polder.
Most visitors going to the Netherlands focus more on Amsterdam not knowing there are many interesting cities, islands and resort destinations to explore. In the countryside where small towns and villages are located tell long held traditions and some of the countries great sights showing fields of with fields of blossoming flowers or old windmills style.

Most travelers arriving by air always enters the country through the capital city of Amsterdam. It is an outstanding place to begin your exploration, with much to see and do, from biking along the canals and enjoying the cafes, to seeing the sights and gazing at the wonderful and breathtaking works of the Old Masters. The Royal Palace, Van Gogh Museum, the Dutch National Museum are the main attractions, or just outside the city, the Keukenhof, a lovely park which is very stunning when it is the spring bloom.

The capital of the Netherland is Amsterdam, the home to Dutch Government and also the residence of the Royal Family is The Hague. Most people are found here on a business related issue due to the city’s large number of international offices.
The Netherlands economy is well developed and has been playing a key role in the European economy for many centuries. Ever since the 16th century, shipping, fishing, agriculture, trade, and banking have been the leading sectors of the Dutch economy. The Netherlands are experiencing a high level of economic freedom. They are also one of the top countries in the Global Enabling Trade Report
In the euro zone, the Dutch economy is the sixth-largest and it is well-known for its steady industrial relations, moderate unemployment and inflation, a sizeable trade surplus, and an important role as a European transportation center. Industrial activity is mainly in charge of food processing, petroleum refining, chemicals and electrical machinery. An Agricultural sector that is highly mechanized employs only 2% of the labor force but give large surpluses for the food-processing industry and for exports
The prominent trading partners of the Netherland were Belgium, UK, Germany, United States, Italy, China, Russia, and France in the year 2013. The world’s 10 most leading exporting country is The Netherlands. The largest industrial sector is the foodstuffs sector; other major industries include chemicals, machinery, metallurgy, electrical goods and tourism. Some international companies operating in Netherlands are Randstad, Unilever, Heineken, KLM, financial services (ING, ABN AMRO, Rabobank), chemicals (DSM, AKZO), petroleum refining (Shell), electronic machinery (Philips, ASML), and car navigation (TomTom).
The Netherlands economy which is advanced combines high per capita income with a fairly even income distribution. The Netherlands industrial nation has limited natural resources, she base her economy on the importation of raw materials by processing it into finished products for exportation. The major industries are food processing, metallurgy, chemicals, manufacturing, and oil refining. Agriculture is mainly significant to the economy, as about 60% of total agricultural produce is been exported.
The Dutch economy is a private free-market system. The government real impact on the economy is via regulation and taxation. Since long ago, the Dutch have been popular as merchants and almost two-thirds of the economy is now based on foreign trade. Both the Netherlands and the United States are countries that have consistently been one of the main proponents of international free trade and the reduction of duties and tariffs on goods and services.
Netherlands Industrial activity consists mainly consist of food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining as well as electrical and electronic machinery. It has a vibrant agricultural sector and is well known for its plants and cut flowers. The port of Rotterdam is considered to be the busiest in Europe, serving a vast hinterland which stretches into Germany and central Europe.
Due to its geographic position on the sea, excellent harbor facilities, and many internal waterways, the Netherlands became a trading, transporting, and brokerage nation. Key roles in the economy have always been played by the service industries, such as trading companies, banks, shipping enterprises, brokerage and also supply firms. The economy, which is hugely involved in international trade, is sharply affected by economic developments in a foreign country—including fluctuations in prices of primary goods—over which the Netherlands has little or no control.


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