Legal and tax alert March 2013

Alert, Aug. 28, 2014

DOING BUSINESS IN THE NETHERLANDS 2013

Based on the global business environment rankings published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the Netherlands is one of the best places (6th ranking) in the world to do business in. One of the most important reasons to do business in or through the Netherlands is its highly educated, flexible and motivated workforce. Professionals in the Netherlands are among the most multilingual in the world, enabling them to successfully operate in companies in any industry, serving customers across the globe. The central geographical position of the Netherlands combined with accessibility and excellent infrastructures are other reasons why many companies have established and continue to establish offices in the Netherlands. In addition, the Port of Rotterdam is one of the world’s largest harbors and Schiphol Airport is one of the major business hubs in Europe. As the gateway to Western and Eastern Europe, the Netherlands enables companies to serve markets in the Member States of the European Union, in the Middle East, Asia and in Africa. Although it is a small and densely populated country with over 16 million citizens, the United Nations Human Development Report ranked the Netherlands in the top five of the best countries in the world to live in. The costs of living, housing, education and cultural activities are lower than
in most Western European countries.