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.

Education

Families Matter - video transcript

Families matter: how to choose the right school

Education is the most important decision a relocating parent has to make. We investigate curriculum choice, how to find the best school for families and children, and the importance a truly international experience in international education.
London cityscape

Overseas assignees 'getting raw deal' in the UK

Global employees working in the UK do poorly in terms of support from their employers compared to expatriates working elsewhere in the world, according to a new survey.
A young male student at the British School in the Netherlands

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?

Short- and long-term accommodation

Landseer lions in Trafalgar Square with the Houses of Parliament in the distance, London

London rated 'most dynamic' city again

Why has London topped the list? Which other cities make the top 10?
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.
Handshake after a deal

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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