Netherlands

Also known as Holland, the Netherlands is one of the world’s 20 largest economies, with a fast-growing export sector, particularly in agriculture. Other key industries are chemicals, petroleum refining, technology, financial services, food processing and electrical machinery. Read more

Well-known Dutch multinationals include Heineken, Philips, TomTom, Randstad and ING, all of which are headquartered in the country’s capital, Amsterdam, plus Rotterdam-based Unilever. Thanks to the country’s attractive corporate tax rates, thousands of companies of overseas origin, including IKEA and EADS, also have their HQs or a presence in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam is a key Brexit-path location, with a number of organisations, particularly those in the financial sector, considering it as an alternative location for a European base when the UK leaves the EU.

The Hague (Den Haag) is the seat of the Dutch parliament and home to the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and a number of other leading transnational organisations. It is also the headquarters location of global oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell.

Other key locations for international businesses and their employees include Leiden, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Tilburg and Brainport. The Netherlands is known for the quality of life it offers expats as well as Dutch citizens, in areas that include health and well-being, education and childcare.

In this section, we bring you the latest news, articles, tools and resources to help you achieve your business objectives and goals. With contributions from specialists across the global mobility and relocation industry and the latest perspectives from regional conferences, we analyse key trends influencing the relocation and global mobility scene in the Netherlands.

We investigate the latest trends in inbound, outbound and domestic relocation – from key relocation destinations and industry sectors to immigration and talent management – as well as the full range of employee and family support topics, including residential property, serviced apartments, and education and international schools. 

HR and global managers with international assignees will find practical advice and information. There’s also plenty of support for those setting up a business or a company office in the Netherlands.

See also our Enterprise and Mobility Industry sections. For details of suppliers of international assignment and recruitment services, as well as destination services providers and relocation management companies that support businesses on the move, see our Directory. Keep informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications, and look out for details of our latest study tours and fact-finding missions to destinations across Europe.

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News and features

PREMIER SUITES Rotterdam: dining room and view of the city

PREMIER SUITES PLUS introduce their new location in Rotterdam

The serviced apartments sector continues to see impressive amounts of growth throughout Europe. PREMIER SUITES PLUS introduce their newest home away from home in Rotterdam.

Immigration

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Creating Happy Endings – Building on your Foreign Work Experiences

Working abroad can have disastrous consequences. Yet, international work should benefit both individuals and organisations after repatriation. How can you ensure a happy ending for yourself?

Education

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International Education & Schools’ Fair

Welcome to the Great International Education & Schools' Fair.
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Eerde International Boarding School

Eerde International Boarding School is located on a tranquil country estate only 2 hours from central Amsterdam, and offers day school, flexible boarding and full boarding facilities.
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Curriculum choice in international schools: a world of options

The international schools’ sector is growing. This means more choice and affordable opportunities to set your child on the path to success with a world-class education. Experts from top schools offer their insights on curriculum choice to help you make the right decisions.

Short- and long-term accommodation

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AltoVita creates best practice in sustainable corporate accommodation and travel

Corporate accommodation platform AltoVita provides sustainable vision for travel sector with geotagging and data analytics, as their Smart, Safe, Sustainable Innovation Summit sets measurable roadmap to sustainability.
UK and EU Brexit

Brexit moved to EU much lower than expected

Far fewer jobs in financial services based in the UK have relocated to the European Union than originally anticipated in the wake of the Brexit referendum almost six years ago, according to the latest survey.
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The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers continues to grow globally with the acquisition of ASAP NL

The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) partnered with the ASAP NL to form the first ASAP chapter in The Netherlands in October (launch event at the Heineken Experience pictured below), and the two have been working closely ever since.
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