Ideally situated in Western Europe, the Netherlands is a small but highly developed country. It boasts one of the top 20 GDP per capita in the world as well as the 5th largest economy in the EU. Known for its strong commitment to protecting the human rights of its residents and citizens as well as its excellent quality of life, the Netherlands is prime for both private residence and business opportunities.
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Dutch residents benefit from the country’s excellent quality of life and strong economy, as well as its status as one of the most multicultural countries in the EU.
Highly regulated, service-based, mixed market
The country’s large expatriate community is drawn to the EU nation’s open society, along with its cosmopolitan aesthetic and respected quality of life.
Families living in the Netherlands enjoy the safe and family friendly environment, high-standard healthcare, and a multilingual education system, with foreign students welcome at the country’s prestigious universities.
The Netherlands is known for its high standard of living, with a focus on human rights, education, and daily welfare. Its ‘international priorities’ list includes freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief, equal rights for LGBTQIA+ individuals (it was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage), and equal rights for women. In terms of daily life in the nation, the Netherlands ranks very highly according to the OECD, which states that Dutch people gave the country a grade of 7.5 on average, which is higher than the OECD average of 6.7.
Unsurprisingly, the Netherlands ranks 5th on the World Happiness Report 2023, with the score based on a three-year average between 2020 and 2022 and measures including GDP, social support, corruption levels, and personal freedom.
The Netherlands shares a border with Belgium and Germany, making it a prime choice for international trade and connectivity in Europe.
With the Hague in Rotterdam as the seat of government, the steadily growing economy is due to the robust employment growth, increasing wage growth, and extensive measures taken by the government to support residents and citizens of the Netherlands. The country, together with Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and holders of a Dutch residence permit can travel visa-free to these countries.
The country is committed to ensuring safe, convenient public transport and trade and business networks. The education system in the Netherlands is also impressive, with highly ranked institutions from kindergarten through to tertiary level.
The Hague is dedicated to prioritizing the country’s young and working population — the Netherlands’ employment rate for people aged 20 to 64 is over 80%, whereas the EU on average has an employment rate of over 70%.
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