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

Eerd Interview

A Unique Education Experience in The Netherlands

An interview with Niki Holterman, Director at Eerde International Boarding School talks to Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor of Relocate Global about the schools deep local and global connection and the benefits of a small school with small class sizes.
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School insights for parents around the world

Parents need as much information as possible to make decisions about the future and their children’s education during the admissions cycle. We have produced a series of high impact webinars which answer questions on curriculum, admissions, early learning, learning differences, virtual schools and transition care, explains Fiona Murchie.
Spring Fair 2022

International Education & Schools’ Fair

Welcome to the Great International Education & Schools' Fair.

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.
Future of Work Festival Sponsor: edyn

Future of Work Festival Sponsor: edyn

edyn's purpose is to engage and inspire with distinctively designed hotels, firmly rooted in the local neighbourhood and offering vibrant experiences and connections.
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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