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Doing Business in The Netherlands

Published in January 2019

The Kingdom of The Netherlands is a country located in North-Western Europe. It has three island territories in the Caribbean (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba). Mainland Netherlands consists of twelve provinces and borders Germany (East), Belgium(South) and the North Sea(North West).  Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven are its largest cities, Amsterdam being the capital. However government institutions such as The States General, Cabinet and Supreme Court are all located in The Hague. The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and the largest outside Asia.

It is the world's second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products after the United States, owing to its fertile soil, mild climate, and intensive agriculture - this despite an area of 41500 sq km, of which only 33700 sq km is being land. Its population of 17.25 million means that the Netherlands is densely populated. 

'Netherlands' literally means 'lower countries', referring to its low topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 meter (3 ft 3 in) above sea level and nearly 17% being below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation beginning in the 16th century. 

Since 1848 The Netherlands has been a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a unitary structure and has a tradition of social tolerance. The Netherlands is a founding member of the EU, Eurozone, G10, NATO, OECD and WTO, and is part of the Schengen Area and the trilateral Benelux Union. 

The Netherlands, and in particular The Hague, is the location for some prestigious intergovernmental organisations and international courts, and consequently it can be called "the world's legal capital". Their socioeconomic model is based on consensus decision-making, known as "polder model". The Netherlands is one of the world’s most prosperous countries and has a mixed-market advanced economy and the thirteenth-highest per capita income globally.  It rates very highly in terms of press freedom, economic freedom, human development, quality of life, as well as happiness. It has a strong and advanced welfare state that provides healthcare, public education and infrastructure, in addition to social benefits.
 
This portal incorporates live data feeds from:

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
The World Bank
The observatory of Economic Complexity

The intention is to provide access to live information extracted from the regularly refreshed databases maintained by these organisations.

 

 

 

Use the navigation buttons below to access to more live data:
Inflation, Development indicators, Exports, Trade Balance, and more.

OECD Country Comparison Portal

The window below is a direct feed of regularly updated information from the OECD. It provides data concerning everything from GDP growth, fiscal balance, investment, and unemployment rates to consumption, import volume and export volume. The window allows comparisons between The Netherlands and other countries of the OECD average for these factors.

Inflation (CPI)

Total, Annual growth rate (%)

World Bank Development Indicators

Exports

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). Products, represented by rectangles, are drawn from the 775 individual product classes found in the Standardized International Trade Code.

This graph shows volumes of goods exported from The Netherlands.

Imports

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). Products, represented by rectangles, are drawn from the 775 individual product classes found in the Standardized International Trade Code.

This graph shows volumes of goods imported into Netherlands.

Trade Balance

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC).

This graph illustrates the subsequent trade balance of exports and imports to and from The Netherlands.

Destinations

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC).

This graph shows the destinations of goods and services by country.

 

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There are professional ways to hand foreign currency loans through Managed Currency Mortgages. A successful currency manager will move the borrower's debt into a currency which subsequently falls in value against the base currency.

For more information about how to hand foreign currency loans through Managed Currency Mortgages, contact an AGN member that can help you.


Tax Publications


The AGN European Region produces annual tax brochures that compare taxes among European countries. Interesting comparisons from year to year give insight into trends.

These surveys are available by report type and year.

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These surveys are available by report type and year.

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AGN Firms in the country


Netherlands
DAAMEN & VAN SLUIS ACCOUNTANTS BELASTING ADVISEURS - Amsterdam
Vierwindenstraat 273
1013 CW Amsterdam
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+31 20) 619 4922
EMail: info@daasluis.nl
Daamen & van Sluis Accountants Belastingadviseurs
Fascinatio Boulevard 722
2909 VA Capelle a/d IJssel
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+31 10) 458 1144
EMail: info@daasluis.nl
DAAMEN & VAN SLUIS ACCOUNTANTS BELASTING ADVISEURS
Frederik Hendriklaan 2
3851 XB Ermelo
Time Zone:
Phone: (+31 341) 56 3217
EMail: info@daasluis.nl
DK Accountants & Adviseurs - Amsterdam
Strawinskylaan 3051
1077 ZX Amsterdam
Time Zone:
Phone: (+31 203) 012 176
EMail: t.luchtenburg@dkaccountants.nl
DK Accountants & Adviseurs - Almere
Camerastraat 23
1322 BB Almere
Time Zone:
Phone: (+31 36) 546 82 06
EMail: t.luchtenburg@dkaccountants.nl
DK Accountants & Adviseurs - Nieuwegein
Edisonbaan 23
3439 MN Nieuwegein
Time Zone:
Phone: (+31 306) 374 625
EMail: h.bleijenberg@dkaccountants.nl
DK Accountants & Adviseurs - Nijkerk
Beurtschipper 3
3861 SB Nijkerk
Time Zone:
Phone: (+31 332) 461 481
EMail: h.bleijenberg@dkaccountants.nl
DK Accountants & Adviseurs - Tiel
Morsestraat 37
4004 JP Tiel
Time Zone:
Phone: (+31 344) 627 600
EMail: t.luchtenburg@dkaccountants.nl
DK Accountants & Adviseurs
Landjuweel 22
3905 PG Veenendaal
Time Zone:
Phone: (+31 318) 500 005
EMail: t.luchtenburg@dkaccountants.nl
Q-Concepts Accountancy B.V.
Maasstraat 9-11 (The Maze building)
3016 DB Rotterdam
Time Zone: GMT+1
Phone: 0031 73 62 32 510
EMail: info@q-concepts.nl
Q-Concepts Accountancy B.V.
Australielaan 9
6199 AA Maastricht-Airport
Time Zone: GMT+1
Phone: 0031 73 62 32 510
EMail: info@q-concepts.nl
Q-Concepts Accountancy B.V.
Reitscheweg 45
5232BX s-Hertogenbosch
Time Zone: GMT+1
Phone: 0031 73 62 32 510
EMail: info@q-concepts.nl
Rosenberg Consult
Wilhelminapark 61
3581 NP Utrecht
Time Zone:
Phone: (+31 30) 23 24 020
EMail: olav.rosenberg@rosenbergconsult.nl