We punch above our weight
Even though we are a small country in square miles, we are a global leader in many sectors.
The Netherlands consistently rates among the highest in rankings of economic power, investments, trade, innovation, competition, democracy, health, free press and much more. We have even created the knowledge and technology to manage water.
We are freedom
Freedom to debate, freedom to challenge, freedom to innovate, freedom to trade.
The Dutch beliefs in a free mind, humanity and tolerance for cultures not only resonate in the European Union and the American constitution; we also have a positive influence on how the world looks at life, people, work ethics and the development of the world.
We are innovators
Invented in the Netherlands.
Because we don’t have to worry about safety, food or water, and have access to leading healthcare and physical and digital infrastructures, we can focus on innovation. We solve global challenges, beyond the necessities of life. We are leading innovators in agriculture, renewable energy, green chemistry, water management, high-tech production, logistics and digital services.
We are reliable
Did you know that the word O.K. originates from reliable Dutch traders from Old Kinderhook, USA?
We are straightforward. We say what we think. We do what we promise. We are transparent in our ambitions, services, policies and costs. We are among the countries with the least corruption. We have the highest standards in security and ethics. A deal is a deal.
We speak many languages
To do business in Europe, you need people who speak different languages.
Most Dutch people speak two to three languages: Dutch, English, German, French, Italian or Spanish. English is taught from elementary school onwards. We trade and mix with everyone. Like all successful cities, the Dutch Metropole is an international melting pot, attracting talent. You will find Dutch people all over the world.
We are educated
Dutch people are highly educated.
Our universities are ranked among the best in international tables. Our research focuses on international entrepreneurship, collaboration, creativity and innovation, and aims to solve the most pressing questions facing society. Top sectors such as logistics, green energy, water and digital technology are the focus areas of many of our research institutes.
We are infrastructure
We are the gateway to Europe and the world.
We have the best infrastructure for transporting goods between Europe and the rest of the world. We are the Gateway to Europe, by ship, plane and train. Our port infrastructure is the largest in the Western world. Every mile you save when transporting goods saves time, money and the environment. We are also a leader in digital infrastructure.
We are business
We are famous for our business skills everywhere.
We founded the worlds’ first multinational. We invented the stock market. Our global trade helped many countries to develop economically and socially. Dutch companies are the leading foreign investors in many countries. We are dedicated to innovation, free trade and entrepreneurship.
We are productive
The Dutch labor force is among the most productive and competitive in the world.
As they say in Italy, France, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Spain and many other countries: “The Netherlands is good at soccer, but even better when it comes to economic productivity”. Now, if we could just work on beating them at soccer!