About the Netherlands
The Dutch – all 16 and a half million of them – live in 41,526 square kilometres, little more than half the size of Scotland. This makes the Netherlands one of the world’s most densely populated countries.
The Netherlands is best known for its tulips, windmills and clogs. And for its low altitude and vulnerability to flooding. Less well known is that the Netherlands has the tenth largest economy in the world, and ranks sixteenth in GDP. Equally little known is that the Dutch have won Nobel prizes for chemistry, physics, medicine, economics and peace or that the world’s planners and architects flock here to learn about Dutch solutions for this crowded country.
Doing business with the Netherlands
Dutch diplomatic missions and business support offices – acting closely with The NL Agency – provide useful business leads and contacts.
Most diplomatic missions and business support offices have staff who can help you with trade requests or introduce you to different trade programmes.
The NL Agency is a bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. It is the Dutch government’s central organ for promoting Dutch companies in foreign markets and for supporting private sector development in emerging markets. The agency provides Dutch companies with information and services critical for pursuing new opportunities in all markets. The agency provides Dutch companies with information and services critical for pursuing new opportunities in all markets. In addition, it provides financial support for activities contributing to sustainable private sector development in emerging markets.