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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Immigration

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Business and Mobility into the Netherlands

The Expat Management Group is a corporate group of legal en relocation experts with offices in Amsterdam and Brussels. Pauline Son, Director Operations and Sales of the relocation department, is sharing some insights in the Dutch local business and mobility situation today.

Education

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International schools: passport to the journey of a lifetime

Curriculum and university choices set the foundations for lifelong learning. The 'Exploring Curricula and Higher Education Options' webinar welcomed experts to show how schools are preparing young people for the future.
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American School of The Hague

American School of The Hague (ASH) offers a complete Early Childhood education, with Elementary, Middle and High School programs for students aged 3 – 18. Home to 1,220 students, approximately 26% of the student body is American, 12% Dutch with the remaining 62% coming from 74 other nationalities, showcasing their international community.

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Brexit relocations push up EU house prices

Brexit relocations push up EU house prices

Brexit relocations are pushing up the prices of prime real estate in several cities in continental Europe, according to the latest Prime Global Cities Index from property consultancy Knight Frank.
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4 new challenges for HRM international

Htel Serviced Apartments is one of the largest serviced apartment providers in the Netherlands. Now that labour market for international mobile employees is changing rapidly, they conducted research to the modern challenges for HRM International. Today, they share their findings with us. A key finding: Where your employees will stay is remarkably important regarding the question if they will stay.
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