The Night Watch at Rijksmuseum

Discover the Netherlands


41,543 km2

Surface area


Number of provinces

17.8 million

Number of inhabitants in 2022 (CBS)

12.8 hours a week

The Dutch are the most physically active people out of 29 countries surveyed (IPSOS, 2023)

Quality of Life Index (2023 Numbeo)
Talent rankings (IMD 2022)


Recycling rate in the EU


businesses improving sustainability (CBS,2022)


speaks English as 2nd language


grabs bike daily


Visit the Netherlands

We welcome you and accept you in our small country with a big heart. Whoever you are and whatever you think, we would love to meet you. Bring yourself, we’ll do the same!

Let’s slow down together

Stand still for a moment. Take a deep breath. Imagine the rustling of leaves as you walk through the forest. Picture the gentle waves rolling in at the beach below a starry sky.

Welcome to the Netherlands, a place of unexpected beauty and nature. Become aware of your surroundings and find true peace of mind, whether you visit our stunning coast or our quiet farming villages. Travel slow and take a break from the running and rushing of everyday life. 

We invite you to explore our unique country, leaving your worries and your phone behind. Simply step outside and join us on the most relaxing trip you’ve ever experienced!


A great place to work and live

Get a snapshot of daily life in the Netherlands by visiting Welcome to NL. Find out why people from all walks of life choose this country as their home. The quality of life in the Netherlands is considered exceptional. Children are happy and the regions are easily accessible by public transportation.

Work in the Netherlands

It’s all here. A thriving business climate, industry-leading innovation, an inclusive culture and all the elements of career success. Are you looking to advance your career in the Netherlands? The  Netherlands welcomes international recruits with open arms, and is continually ranked a great place to live.

A small country that dreamed big: the Netherlands lays claim to countless business successes. It’s home to major multinationals, cutting-edge startups and a culture that welcomes innovation and collaboration.


A guide to doing business in the Netherlands

Supported by the national Invest in Holland network, the Netherlands’ various industry clusters offer abundant opportunities for companies expanding in Europe.

Invest in the Netherlands

The Netherlands, also known as the ‘gateway to Europe’, is the one of the most competitive economies in the world and a leading destination for business investment. Our country is strategically located between Europe’s leading markets and is extremely well-connected. The economy is driven by our internationally-oriented industry clusters focused on innovation, sustainability and digitalisation. With a highly educated and skilled workforce, the Netherlands is an advantageous destination for companies with expansion ambitions.

For international companies with expansion ambitions in Europe, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) is the first port of call. A unit of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, NFIA guides foreign companies in their next step in the Netherlands. Visit:  www.investinholland.com


Trade with the Netherlands

By fostering good trade relations, we can unite our ambitions to help solve global challenges, while showing that doing business and doing good go hand-in-hand.

Trade with the Netherlands

Stemming from the belief that in a world that is rapidly changing, we have to reconsider the roles we play in building peaceful, inclusive and thriving societies, and that working together is the only way forward. By fostering good trade relations, we can unite our ambitions and show that doing business and doing good go hand-in-hand.

Get in touch and join us

Want to know more about how you can work together with the Netherlands to achieve your goals? Or how you can help contribute to or spread the word on campaigns, events and initiatives? Contact us directly at info@nlplatform.nl so we can help you connect to the right people.