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

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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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Get ready for 2019 with a Crown-sponsored ERC webinar

The ERC webinar, hosted by Lisa Johnson at Crown World Mobility, will provide insights for Global Mobility professionals to consider as they prepare for 2019.

Education

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Rewriting the rules of language learning

Growing up internationally often provides children with the opportunity to learn a new language but how do you ensure that the child continues to develop their mother tongue?
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Relocate magazine autumn 2018: Out Now!

The autumn conference issue of Relocate Magazine is now available with a focus on the evolving role of global mobility. In addition we take a look at post-Brexit trade partners, gender in AI and put President Trumps “America First” agenda in the spotlight.
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Education in the Netherlands

Families moving to the Netherlands will have a range of good-quality schooling options available to them. Education consultant Annebet Van Mameren has some advice for parents on choosing the one that best suits their child.

Short- and long-term accommodation

Crown World Mobility Lisa Johnson

Get ready for 2019 with a Crown-sponsored ERC webinar

The ERC webinar, hosted by Lisa Johnson at Crown World Mobility, will provide insights for Global Mobility professionals to consider as they prepare for 2019.
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Serviced apartments: a solution for the tight global housing market?

Increasing numbers of international employees are moving to The Netherlands due to its beneficial business environment for international companies. As a result, the serviced apartments market is taking flight. Roger Wiersma, Commercial Manager at Htel Serviced Apartments shares his views on the growth.
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Corporate Housing Living's 'Falcon Living' combines location with convenience

The launch of Corporate Housing Factory's new label, Corporate Housing Living, lets medium-to-long-stay corporate internationals live more like locals.
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