Doing business internationally broadens a company's horizon and offers unique opportunities to contribute to society, growth, innovation and confidence. When a company does business in the Netherlands, it joins one of the most open economies in the world. It offers excellent infrastructure - including Europe's largest port -, a competitive business climate and a strong workforce. The Dutch tax system has various incentives to encourage innovation and business activity. And as an internationally oriented country, the Netherlands hosts many - mostly highly skilled - foreign workers.

In a world where challenges follow each other in rapid succession, the Netherlands has proven to be a dynamic and resilient country. The Netherlands remains an excellent place to invest and can certainly be considered a gateway to Europe and a solid foundation for successful business in the EU single market.

This guide aims to provide a broad understanding of the main aspects of doing business and investing in the Netherlands. We answer many questions foreign companies and entrepreneurs may have when taking their first steps on the Dutch market, drawing on our extensive experience in setting up businesses in the Netherlands, or even elsewhere in Europe.

You will find all important aspects of doing business in the Netherlands in this publication: the economic climate, major industries and business segments, what it is like to live in the Netherlands and various personnel aspects. It describes the most popular legal forms of companies in the Netherlands and key aspects of taxation, human resources, labour law and accountancy.

The 2024 edition of PwC's publication Doing Business mainly serves as a starting point. Should you require further information, our people will be happy to assist you.

On behalf of PwC NL, I wish you every success in setting up a sustainable business in the Netherlands.

Remco van der Linden
Partner and board member of PwC’s Tax and Legal practice, responsible for Markets

Why invest in the Netherlands

A pro-business climate, its strategic location, a stable legislative system, a highly educated multilingual workforce and superior infrastructure are just some of the many advantages of doing business in the Netherlands. These elements show, in our view, that the Netherlands serves as the (digital) gateway to Europe. 

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