The Netherlands

General Information


  • Holland has one of the lowest tax rates in Europe: starting from 20% 

  • There is no value-added tax (VAT) for transactions between member states of the EU 

  • The Dutch offer the largest number of treaties for double tax avoidance worldwide 

  • The country welcomes foreign entrepreneurs and investors 



  • Audit is obligatory 



The Netherlands, a country located in northwestern Europe, also known as Holland.  Parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, the kingdom includes its former colonies in the Lesser Antilles: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten. The capital is Amsterdam and the seat of government The Hague. 


The Netherlands, the sixth-largest economy in the European Union, plays an important role as a European transportation hub, with a persistently high trade surplus, stable industrial relations, and moderate unemployment. The Netherlands has a market economy, but the state traditionally has been a significant participant in such fields as transportation, resource extraction, and heavy industry. The government also employs a substantial percentage of the total labor force and effects investment policy. 


The Netherlands is one of the most open economies in the world and among the best countries for technology and innovation. It offers an outstanding infrastructure – including Europe’s largest port –, a competitive business climate and a strong treaty network. The Dutch tax system features several tax incentives to stimulate innovation and business activities. And as an internationally oriented country, the Netherlands is home to many highly educated foreign workers. 


Doing Business in the Netherlands 2019 is composed in collaboration with the NFIA (The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency) and is intended to provide a broad understanding of the key aspects of doing business and investing in the Netherlands. We answer many questions that foreign businesses and entrepreneurs have when making their first venture into the Dutch market, leveraging on our extensive experience in regard to establishing businesses in the Netherlands. 

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